These days who cannot use more money? Well there are some that don’t need a lot of cash to survive or be happy, but for most of the population that still believes that they have to have a 9-5 and lots of cash to survive and be happy wouldn’t it be nice to have more money? Of course the answer is yes. As a homesteader we can provide insight to a different view of things because living off grid and with no regular 9-5 jobs we have learned how to make it and be happy different ways than what is offered in mainstream society.
Canning your own food instead of buying the food already in cans is one sure fire way to provide the family’s much needed nutrition and save more money. Even if you are living on food stamps you can still save money and make your benefits stretch farther. You will need canning jars, jar seals, rings and a large pot. Its probably a good ideal to have different size jars because you will not always want to open just large jars or just small jars all the time to eat.
You won’t need any sea salt or canning salt to use because for this article we are talking about how to can your own everyday food for short term, not pickling foods or long term storage. Here is what you do: Start cooking, you can cook and can what ever your family eats a lot of. If you know that you purchase a lot of soups in cans then this is a great place to start with your canning. If you eat a lot of chili then this is another great recipe to can up. Curried chicken, rice, vegetables.
Another great recipe to can is potato soup or tomato soup. What about chicken and rice in mushroom sauce. You can cook and can what ever you like but when you are trying to save money or you do not want to purchase so much food in metal cans, (Maybe you are aware of the BPA content in most cans) then you want to can foods you would usually buy already in cans. If you are into recycling then canning your own foods instead of buying food already in metal cans should truly appeal to you.
Try this as your first canning experience; cook up a large pot of soup or chili or what ever you choose. Large enough that you could feed the neighbors and your family for a few days. Now while the food is still hot ladle it into your sterilized canning jars and put the seal and ring on. Now turn the jar upside down and leave it that way till it cools. When you turn the jars over they should be sealed. If one did not seal you will have to eat that one then or refrigerate the food.
Its not uncommon to have one or two from a large batch that doesn’t seal right. You can store the jars of canned food on your shelves or pantry for a short while. Usually a few weeks will be fine. If you have used a pressure canner or canned the food for longer term storage NOT using the method talked about here then your food will stay good for up to a year or more. Now if you are a serious canner you can replace all your store bought can foods with foods that you canned yourself.
This will save you a lot of money, after the initial investment in canning jars, seals and rings, if you usually buy a lot of can foods. It will also save your family from food cans lined with dangerous BPA and foods with unneeded nasty preservatives and chemicals, MSG or high fructose corn syrup. Once you learn to can your own food for short term use, then metal cans can become obsolete in your home. When you or a family member want to eat a meal, simple pull a jar of canned food and heat and serve.
The jars are washable, reusable and so are the rings. The seals will usually need to be replaced but they do not cost much. Want a family meal, then pull a quart jars or two of canned food, heat and serve. Time consuming homemade chili and soups never made it to the table so fast!