How to Can Fruits and Vegetables
Canned fruits and vegetables are a great way to store your harvest for future use. Here are five simple steps that can help you preserve your fresh produce.
Step One: Gather Your Equipment and Supplies
Before you begin it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything you will need. You will need:
- Canning jars
- Canning lids
- Large pot
- Kitchen scissors
Step Two: Prepare Your Produce
Make sure to thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables. Depending on the produce, you may need to peel, core, or juice your ingredients. Also, keep in mind that some fruits and vegetables need to be blanched before canning.
Step Three: Fill Your Jars
Fill your jars with your prepared produce. Remember to keep at least ½ inch of space between the food and the lid. It is important to not overfill your jars or they may break during the canning process.
Step Four: Seal The Jars
Once you have all of your jars filled you can seal the lids on with the provided bands. Make sure the bands are tight but not too tight. This is important to ensure a good seal.
Step Five: Boil Your Jars
Place your filled jars into the large pot and cover with water. Bring the pot to a boil and let the jars boil for the amount of time needed for your particular recipe. When done, remove your jars with tongs and place on a dishtowel to cool.
Congratulations! You Did It!
Your jars of canned fruits and vegetables are now ready to store in a cool, dark place for future use. Enjoy the fruits of your labor all year round!