For many years I’ve gone to the USDA website for canning info. As weird as it sounds, and hopefully improbable, there’s always the thought in the back of my head as to what would happen IF we didn’t have the internet. Just suppose we moved to some remote location . . oh, wait . . that happened! 🙂 Seriously, even if there wasn’t some big problem that knocked out the internet, my own internet could be down just when I need to can something so when I saw that the info on the USDA website had been published in a book, I ordered it. It’s available for less than $10 at Amazon and there’s also a Kindle edition for about $3.
This is a great resource and even for those who have not canned but are thinking about it, you might want to see if your local library has it so you can thumb through it and see if it’s something you want to buy. It includes the most basic items that most of us definitely want to can — fruits, tomatoes, veggies, meats, pickled items and jams and jellies. Of all the canning books I have seen, I would consider this book to be the one I’d have to have if I could have only one book.
I’m often asked questions about canning but the one I’m asked the most is . . why can instead of freeze? I think foods last so much longer and taste better when canned. The power can go out for weeks and my canned goods are just fine. Last fall when I bought fresh chickens from the Amish, I froze a few and canned most of them. If you’re thinking YUCK . . you would be amazed. The canned chicken is so much more flavorful for gumbo, enchiladas, casseroles, etc. because it was canned with onions and a few seasonings. The canned chicken made the move with me. The frozen chickens were given to Chad. In fact, everything that was in my freezer had to be used or given away before the move and the canned goods . . they’re right here with me . . loving Texas! 🙂
I now have a gas stove, and Vince has ordered a 500 gallon propane tank to replace the 250 gallon tank, and we’ve ordered a regular vent to go over the stove . . out with the microwave! I’m going to be canning everything I can get my hands on.