With my more in depth gardening expedition this year by starting almost all of my vegetables from seed, seeds which individually cost just pennies on the dollar, it has been even more rewarding harvesting my veggies this year! I have really been motivated to do a lot of canning and spread those pennies even further! I am finding online and in many books that canning for self-sustainment is really on an increase with the rising prices of food in the stores. Canning allows you to know what has been added to your foods, as you are creating them yourself with no artifical additives. If you have never canned before, I urge you to give it a try! You do not have to fill your entire pantry with food, start off small with just a few small patches of different items, I bet you become hooked just like I did!
Here is some more of my work:
Below is Mrs. Wages salsa mix. This is a very easy mixture to work with, all you have to do is dice the tomatoes, combine the ingredient packet with the tomatoes and some vinegar, cook for ten minutes, place in sterilized jar and to the hot water bath canner for 40 minutes. This is a very good salsa!
These are some pickles I created using some Ball Kosher Dill Pickle mix I purchased at lowes last fall when the marked down all of their canning items! This was a great steal at 25 cents, regular $2.98. I was able to get 4 of these for $1.00. They are extremely easy to make as well and very good for the beginning canner who has cucumbers!
Happy Canning and Happy Gardening!