The Art of Home Canning

Home Canning

Home Canning (Photo credit: renoir_girl)

Both my Grandmother and Grandfather grew up on farms. They are the salt of the earth. I grew up in their house and am blessed with many memories of backyard edible gardens, fresh honey from home made bee hives and a magic medicine cabinet complete with something in a glass jar called “salve”. I’m told it was an old recipe given to our family by Native Americans.

Every summer, my Grandma would harvest the fruits and vegetables from the garden. She would have a home canning jam session right there in her kitchen. She preserved fresh peaches, pears, jams, green beans, soups…you name it, she canned it. I know this made feeding her seven children healthy meals a lot easier. Tragically, I somehow never learned this skill from her.

While inspired by the idea of making fresh homemade jam as favors for my DIY wedding, I stumbled upon a very exciting book on Amazon.com titled the Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today. (Kingry, Judi and Lauren Devine. Complete Book of Home Preserving. Ontario, Canada: Robert Rose Inc., 2006.) I just received it in the mail today and I am very excited to get started. While it will in fact be too expensive to make jam for our wedding, I know canning is a skill I can actually use. Besides, how delightful is homemade jam?!

For the last couple of years, I have noticed that people are beginning to value wholesomeness again. There seems to be a trend among younger people toward moving back to the farm, returning to the garden and simplifying one’s life. I’m ready to become a part of this movement through the art of home preserving. My hope is to become at least half as comfortable with this process as my Grandma. And while I live in an apartment for the moment, you can bet that when I have a house, it will have an edible garden in the backyard and I’m going to bottle everything in it.

About Nicole C.

Hi, I'm Nicole, and this is my story... After spending my entire adult life living in Los Angeles, I got a little antsy and did an 8 month stint in Austin Texas. I had some fun and earned some hard-won life lessons, but now I am back and I'm finally ready to call LA home. I just got married to a fun, sweet nerdy man last September, and we are going to start a family in the next little while. I'm a quirky artist who dreams of backyard dinner parties, crafting, cocktails and unicorns. I've also spent the last 15 years working in business administration, but it's time for a change. I am in the process of reinventing myself as a code princess, and launching myself into the much more promising and lucrative world of web development. I will settle for nothing less than the brightest of futures for me and my family, and I'm going to get there using my brains, determination, and Sass! Time to put on my big girl pants. Thanks for checking out my blog!

One response to “The Art of Home Canning

  1. Pingback: 5 Reasons to Embrace Home Canning | The GOLDEN RULE

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