If a friend or family member has always professed interest in canning, or if you want to start canning for yourself for the first time this year, there is no better time to start than this Christmas! Basic canning supplies are inexpensive and there is no more useful gift than the gift of healthy food that you or a friend can stockpile to prepare for the future!
A canning kit is perfect for an expecting mom, large family, health-minded friend, or anyone interested in the prepper lifestyle. Here is what you need to put in your kit and how to make it pretty:
Basic Supplies for Canning
When canning, you really do not need many supplies. What you need basically includes:
- Canning jars with sealable lids
- Jar rings
- canning kit(with canning rack, pot, jar tongs, and a funnel)
- Kitchen towels
- Wooden spoons
These are really all the supplies you need! The jars should have new lids so the new canner can get a tight seal. The jar rings help hold the lids in place as the lids seal into place and prevent spills. A canning pot makes it easier to properly seal each jar from the outside air. Kitchen towels help handle the hot jars during the canning process and help your gift look pretty!
Assembling the Gift
Purchase a large basket to contain your supplies, or you can place everything inside the canning pot. Since the towels are the prettiest part of the gift, make sure they are visible. Line the inside of the basket or pot with the towels, or stuff the towels into the jars. You can also included something you have canned with the gift as an example of how pretty canned goods can be.
Arrange the jars so they do not knock against one another and break. The towels can help with this part as well. Wrap the entire assembly in colored cellophane and tie with a large, festive bow. And that’s it! You now have a cute and practical gift for any new prepper on your list.
Cute and Practical: Canning Kits for Christmas
I love giving practical gifts at Christmas – and this year it’s even more important. With the economy as it is, the fiscal cliff around the corner, and everyone tightening budgets left and right, it only makes sense to give a gift that’s going to keep on giving. A canning kit is easy and inexpensive, but could mean a smaller grocery bill for your friend or loved-one, and that’s the best gift of all.
Have you given the gift of canning supplies before? How did you make the presentation look pretty under the tree?