Summer is here, and you know what that means! Canning season begins now!
Canning goods from the garden can be a long process, but there’s nothing like the feeling that comes with it. I love being able to see my hard work last through the winter. Being able to feed my family tasty and wholesome food throughout the winter months makes me feel good and I know they are getting healthy food too, instead of something filled with who knows what kinds of preservatives. If canning is how you’d like to add to your prepper stockpile, then you might like the following items.
This handy kit includes all the basic tools you need to begin canning most foods. There is a funnel which enables you to fill wide mouthed and regular sized canning jars without making a mess all over the counter. If you’ve ever tried taking hot lids out of boiling water with tongs, then you’ll love the magnetic lid remover with this kit. There is also a set of kitchen tongs, a jar lifter, a bubble remover, and a timer. The bright green color of each item is also very summery indeed.
For those of you who are completely new to canning, this might be an excellent resource for you to have on hand. The directions are easy to follow and it covers everything from jam to salsa and tons of stuff in between. There are a lot of recipes in this book that offer combinations of things I’d never thought to put together in a canning jar, such as nectarines and vanilla bean. Yum!
You’ll need a large pot to can your jars in and this particular one comes with all sorts of superb excessories as well. The 9 –piece kit includes a 21 quart canner with a lid, a rack to hold seven jars while inside the canner, a 9 inch colander, as well as regular tongs, a funnel, a magnetic lid lifter, jar tongs, and a lid wrench. If you choose to spend a bit more and opt for the 12 piece canning set, you get everything that’s in the 9 piece kit, plus a 7 ½ quart blancher pot with a drainer insert and a lid.
If writing on the top of your canning jars with a permanent marker isn’t your style, then try these oval shaped dissolvable labels. They wash off with water, but are made to withstand a long shelf life before it comes time to wash your jars for the next round of canning.
For under 5 bucks, you get 60 labels. They are not only easy to write on, but the box they come in can be used as a dispenser as well.
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