Canning for Summer, are You Ready

The time is near where you will be using all the kitchen implements again for canning, dehydrating, juicing or your pressure cooker.  Now is the time to check for worn and cracked lids or pots that may not seal tight. Everything should be checked and cleaned and ready for the new season.  I stuffed most of mine in the garage and I know they will need washing and I need to check the pressure cooker valve, also.

And of course all the little items that go with them, so you can find them faster. For canning, you have the jar holder, funnels, stick to push the food down in the jars and of course, the magnetic stick for the lids you take out of the hot water.  Most of my jars are in boxes and a lot of them where given to me. They all need to be checked for nicks and cracks. I am usually hunting for the items when I need them because; I put them where they fit for storage.  The easy thing to do is to put them all inside the pots and I would have them

Other things you might want to check also are, cherry pitters, your grinders and the squeezo, jar lids and rings, so you don’t run out in the middle of a project. I plan on making some more pepper jelly for Christmas gifts so I will need pectin and labels. If you can start picking stuff up now you can look for deals and buy a few things at a time. You may be able to find some on sale at WALMART, Home improvement centers, grocery stores, and even discount stores. Check around and get some deals. We were at a garage sale last weekend and they had jars for sale, but they wanted almost the same price as new. They were really dirty and you would have to check each one for nicks and cracks. I passed, so just be careful when finding them at garage sales.

Strawberries seem to be the first fruit of the season so as soon as my stuff is sorted and cleaned, I will be putting up strawberries for cobblers, jams and jellies. Our daughter puts up freezer jam, but I never have the room.

Remember the blog on freezers, I was trying to decide whether to get a stand up one or chest type? Well I settled for a chest type and now my poor husband knows why I wanted a stand up one. Well, coming this summer to our house is a stand up freezer. LOL

Good luck with your cleaning and buying your supply for the season. As always we appreciate your questions and comments.

Preparedness Mom

This entry was posted in food storage, preserving foods and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Canning for Summer, are You Ready

  1. Eric Jackson says:

    A great place to learn more about canning is your County Extension Agent. We are currently taking a class they are offering and really enjoying it very much. They also carry books on canning at great prices, well at least here in Idaho they do.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *