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Simple Canning Process?

Is there a simple, inexpensive way to can that doesn't take all day to do? If I have something I need to can, can I do it without spending tons of money to set up?

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November 1, 20120 found this helpful

You have to buy jars, and you will either need a pressure cooker or a hot water bath canner. You will need a special pair of tongs to get the hot jars of canned goods out of the canner. Then you will need a cool place like a unheated basement to keep the canned produce, or a corner of the basement that isn't heated. By the time you prepare the produce for canning, until the time it gets done, you do spend a fair amount of time doing it. Once you get the filled jars in the canner you can do other things, but you do have to keep an eye on the processing time. It isn't hard to can, but it is time consuming and to get started it does take a fair amount of money.

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May 26, 20130 found this helpful

Canning does take some start up money and a good chunk of time. I asked for the items I needed as gifts for Xmas and bdays for a few years. eBay is a good place to look too.

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Less expensive is freezing items. I started freezing strawberries, peaches and zucchini while getting equipment. You need preserving agent for peaches. When freezing strawberries, clean, cut and freeze on tray individually. After throw in ziplock freezer bag. Great for smoothies and strawberry sauce later. Zucchini is cut in bite size pieces and frozen same as strawberries or food process it in certain measurements for recipes you use then freeze. I do the later for zucchini bread recipes I have.

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