Canning is hot

According to the NY Times, home preserving is undergoing a resurgence.

Preserving food cannot be considered new and trendy, no matter how vigorously it’s rubbed with organic rosemary sprigs. But the recent revival of attention to it fits neatly into the modern renaissance of handcrafted food, heirloom agriculture, and using food in its season. Like baking bread or making a slow-cooked tomato sauce, preserving offers primal satisfactions and practical results.

The article goes on to say that sales of equipment are up almost 50 percent over last year, according to the Jarden company, which makes both Ball and Kerr canning supplies.  Everything old is new again….

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7 Responses to “Canning is hot”

  1. nancybond Says:

    Canning is a lot of hot, hard work — but oh, so worth it. :)

  2. Kritter Keeper Says:

    i learned to can last year and canned 52 quarts of beans, some salsa and some pickles. it is good to know how and help avoid all of the unnecessary additives in today’s foods.

  3. Cheryl Fuller Says:

    The same thing happened in the mid-70’s when inflation was bad. One year there was a terrible shortage of Ball jars and I had to get a friend in Canada to bring me jars when she came to visit. I am so happy to be canning again.

  4. Jimmy Cracked-Corn Says:

    Does it concern anybody else that there seems to be only one factory in the U.S. making our entire supply of canning jar lids?

  5. mangochild Says:

    That’s great to read. The canning may also mean that more people are thinking about buying seasonally and finding ways to store it, rather than, e.g. buying strawberries in December. I’m a beginner canner, but as a new localvore, I do wish I knew how to can the summer fruits as the winter stretched on….

  6. julie Says:

    I usually can jams, jellies, tomato, and applesauce. It gives one such a sense of accomplishment. I always think of my heroine Tasha Tudor when canning, gardening, or rug hooking.

  7. Nina Says:

    If you have the freezer space, there is always freezing as well. Another good way to store berries, tomatoes and the like. I love it!

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