My family has taken to homesteading full throttle. I want the best for my kids and want to teach them to be as self-sufficient as possible. We have done some canning in the past. We made Blackberry and Strawberry preserves. There are some great benefits from canning and freezing. Some people will ask, is it worth it? Why bother? Are there any benefits to canning and freezing food at home?
There are actually some very real benefits to canning and freezing. I’ve listed some of them below.
If you don’t garden, you can buy your food in season from local farmers or take advantage of supermarket sales. By doing this you can produce large quantities of high-quality canned food for little money. Dried beans are a good example – a 2-lb bag of dried beans for $2, cooked and canned, produces 4 to 6 pints of canned beans. A pint is a bit more than a commercial can, making your efforts well worth it.
Taking advantage of seasonal foods will save you money too. Sometimes at Farmers Markets you can find boxes of “canning fruits” or “canning vegetables.” These can be very reasonable, producing more than their worth in canned or frozen goods.
When you can and freeze food yourself, you know exactly what went into the jar. This is so important for health! You can use simple, REAL ingredients. You can choose to do less sugar or salt easily by finding a recipe that uses less. Glass jars are also a very safe material for food preservation; no metals leach into the food.
You can get your food from your garden or market and straight to the canning process in a matter of hours. This helps retain the foods’ nutrients and freshness.
BONUS: Foods you can yourself do not have added preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. There is no high fructose corn syrup invovlved either. No chemicals or additives with names you can not pronounce. Keep it simple and healthy!
Fresh-tasting berries in the middle of winter? Yes please! Vegetables, fruit…can all the food and come winter, you are eating the best food around for your health and your wallet!
Frozen or canned goods make excellent holiday gifts! Jams, Preserves and Jellies are great as gifts! Trust me, they will love you for it!