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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2018 New Year’s Resolution: Learn How to Can

If you’ve been reading my blog for longer than a year, you are probably aware that each year I make a New Year’s resolution that supports my overall goal to Eat Well and Heal the Planet. Food production has a huge impact on the environment and I love finding ways to do our part in the kitchen. Usually my resolution is easy to figure out, but this year I’ve struggled a bit with settling on something. Then, this morning, lightning struck: canning!

2018 New Years Resolution: Learn How to Can @janemaynard

I’ve always been scared of canning. First off, I don’t know how to do it and was scared of messing up. Second, I was being lazy about learning. Third, I was being lazy about actually doing it. 😉 But this year I am committing to at least learning how and then going from there!

Last year Nate started gardening. He learned a lot and is ready to do the whole gardening thing even better this year. Over this past year, as produce was harvested in our backyard, our only options were to freeze the food or eat it, otherwise it went to wast (and we all know how I feel about food waste). While I’m really good at freezing stuff (yeah, I’m totally bragging…I mean, it takes great skill to throw something in a container and toss it into the freezer), for some foods freezing doesn’t work. And for other foods canning is just plain delicious. Also, I store a lot of bread and jam in my freezers, so I am limited on freezer space. Since I had NO CLUE about canning, it was simply not an option. This year, however, is going to be different.

2018 New Years Resolution: Learn How to Can @janemaynard

For years I’ve been watching my friend Aimee from the blog Simple Bites can food like crazy from food they grew in their backyard. She is really inspiring and I think those years of gawking at her skills have finally sparked me to give it a try. I’m going to start with Simple Bite’s Canning 101 guide. I’m actually excited, albeit a bit nervous.

If you are a canner and have any tips, please share them in the comments! And if you are a canning virgin, perhaps consider joining me on the journey. I promise to report on how my canning efforts go!

Here’s to another year of happy, earth-friendly eating!


  1. 1
    ellen patton

    I wish we were neighbors because I’d love to can with you! I made non-freezer jam for the first time last summer and it was easy and SO yummy! You’ve got this!

  2. 2
    Melanie M.

    Love this book for basic canning.

    batches are small so if it doesn’t come out quite right,you don’t feel like you’ve wasted food (although, when I do screw up, it’s not inedible, just not preserved for as long as I’d hoped and I have to use the food within a month)

  3. 3

    Jane! I can chicken and it’s awesome! You just pack jars with raw boneless skinless chicken and process with a pressure canner. I don’t add water or spices or anything. After they are processed you can shelve them for years and when you finally use them they are all nice and shreddy and perfect for soups, casseroles, chicken salad, etc…. I buy the chicken in bulk when it’s on sale and it’s way cheaper than the canned chicken you buy in the store!
    PS: Congrats on 11 years! Tending to a blog is probably almost like having another child. Totally impressed you’ve kept it up this consistently all this time! AND totally can’t believe it’s been about 20 years since our BU days. CRAZINESS I tell you!!!

  4. 4

    My mom used to can a ton. I have never tried. I’m curious what is in your garden and your plans for canning. Maybe I will plant similarly so I can try this canning thing.

    • nate is rebuilding the garden beds right now and we’ll be planting soon! that is a great idea to share what we plant…will do a post, thanks, christine!

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