When I first started canning, I just followed instructions. I'm pretty good at that. I didn't really question why. I just did what I was "supposed" to do.
Then I started questioning why?
Why can't I do that, or why should I do this? I was always researching and learning and asking questions. The state extension service received questions from me on a regular basis.
Once I understood the basics of why we do... what we do... It all made so much sense!
Don’t move forward in your canning adventures doing things just because. If you are going to do this you might as well understand the concepts and...
...do it right.
This confidence in the benefits and fun of canning led me to start the website Simply Canning. I want you to know why you do, what you do.
Your requests to have this information on paper spurred me on to creating the book Simply Canning. There are quite a few of you who are interested in having this in a physical paperback book. You want to hold something in your hands!
My goal in putting together Simply Canning (the book) has been to provide a valuable resource for those of you who would like the information from this website offline.
I've included altitude charts with each and every set of directions so you don't have to flip back and forth between pages. This has made a useful and beautiful book.
Do you know the most important information for safely home canning? Do you have the assurance that you won't poison your children?
Simply Canning the book... will lead you step by step through the most important safety information for both Pressure Canning and Water bath Canning.
This book also includes canning directions for most basic foods, plus some fun stuff too. Learn how to can tomatoes, green beans, meat and fruit. Then have fun and create jam and jelly, marmalade and fruit butters. Jars with dandelion and corn cob jelly make great gifts
Simply Canning Guide to Safe Home Canning is also available as a paperback.
I have a new go-to book for my canning adventures! Sharon Peterson consistently provides the best safety information out there because it is so simply written. That means that anyone can feel confident behind the canner regardless of experience. Newbies and veteran canners alike will appreciate the definitions, how-to, tips, organizational help, and amazing recipes complete with beautiful photos. I am inspired—I have new recipes to try and some of her experienced “tricks” to move my canning days along more smoothly. Chaya, PantryParatus.com
Dear Sharon: I purchased your Simply Canning and can't thank you enough for the clear directions. I'm new to canning, I started in June. I canned pickled asparagus and then applesauce under the guidance of an experienced canner, then went solo with canned cherries, then made cherry jam, both with your book as my guide. Haven't sampled the canned cherries yet, but the cherry jam is awesome!
Your book is so much better than the Ball Blue Book. I also got your Simple Soups, which I have not yet used, because I am still scared of pressure canning (fear of botulism), but I will conquer it!
I just love reading what you have to say about each recipe. Thanks again. You gave me the confidence to do it!