Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Buffalo Spree magazine.
You want to try your hand at canning, but don’t know where to begin. There are many resources in our area and at your fingertips to help you take that first step. It may seem intimidating at first, but it’s incredibly rewarding.
Websites and blogs
Ball, the premier name in canning and preserving, offers recipes, product information, and discussion boards for sharing triumphs and failures. They even have video tutorials for step-by-step instruction.
Food in Jars
Food writer and canning teacher, Marisa McClellan, shares her preserving prowess through her blog with a fun and practical voice. The cookbook author and jarring maven delivers straightforward recipes and advice, in addition to providing useful reviews of kitchen tools and equipment.
Here’s a hip spot to get recipes and techniques, learn about tools of the trade, and swap information. The blog portion of the site curates helpful videos regularly, and their content comes from registered users of the site—mostly regular folks, trying their hand at canning, like you and me.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation
This is your no-nonsense source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. This comprehensive site breaks down the “how to” of canning, freezing, drying, curing and smoking, fermenting, pickling, jamming, and storing. Read the rest of this entry »