Posted on: 7 May 2019Share
Buying your canned goods from a grocery store isn't as convenient as one would think. Also, the price of groceries and other goods has caused many to become self-sufficient in ways that often includes canning their own food. You can learn some of the benefits you can enjoy by canning your own foods and the basics of doing so below.
Cater to food sensitivity issues and special diets
If someone in your household has food sensitivities, or someone is on a specific diet, then you may spend most of your time in the store reading labels to go over all the ingredients in each canned good. Canning your own food allows you to know what is in it.
Know how the food was prepared
If you don't like the idea of opening a can and eating it without having a clue as to how it was prepared, canning your own food may be right for you. Many people don't realize just how much feces, bugs, and other gross things are allowed in manufactured food items by the FDA.
If the thought of these things being hidden in your store-bought foods disgusts you, then canning allows you the ability to grow, cook and can your own foods. You'll feel much more comfortable knowing you didn't allow these things in your canned goods.
Can foods made from your favorite recipes
You may have a recipe passed down from generations that beats anything you could buy from the store. However, without canning that food, it's more convenient to buy what you can find in the store than it is to make it from scratch every time you want it. If you decide to start canning your own foods, you can easily grab that beloved food out of the pantry, open the can and enjoy!
Tip: You do want to learn how to properly and safely prepare certain foods for canning to ensure they will be safe for consumption after sitting on a shelf. There are many online tutorials to help with this.
Can seamers allow you to can your foods
To can your own foods, you will need the cans and lids, as well as a can seamer. The can seamer seals the lid to the can. When using the can seamer, the seamer chuck will hold the can in place while the rolls make their way around it. The first step will roll-fold the lid and the second rolls will tighten the seam, making it leak-proof.