Canning Vegetables is easy once you have learned to use a pressure canner.
Really... vegetables must be pressure canned there is no way around it.
If so I'm sure you will agree that a vegetable garden is a lot of work. But growing and canning vegetables for your own family is amazingly satisfying at the same time.
I enjoy getting out in mine. I love planting the seeds or plants from the nursery. I like tending to them, watering them, watching them grow and produce. My kids eat raw veggies right out of the garden.
I don't particularly enjoy dealing with garden pests. Who does right?! And come to think of it watering is a problem in the dry climate we live in.
The work is well worth it. Especially when harvest comes! That is when all the work pays off. Actually the work pays off on the dinner table doesn't it?
My sons all help but son #3 enjoys it the most. Here he is washing some of the bounty he brought in from our garden.
I put this here because most people think of tomatoes as being a veggie. Technically, it is a fruit. There are so many different products made out of tomatoes, so I've linked to a separate page on canning tomatoes and tomato based recipes.
My husband's favorite vegetable.
This is a staple in our house. We are planting double the crop this year because we ran out early. Canning green beans is an easy way to get started if you are just learning how to use a pressure canner.
I enjoy canning beets.
Really I do. Beets are one of MY favorite vegetables. I remember when I was a kid thinking that beets tasted like dirt. What was I thinking?
A real treat.
Especially if you are canning corn right out of the garden or fresh sweet corn from the farmers market. It is not the easiest thing to preserve but oh so worth it!
Preserving corn by canning is safe and easy, if you use proper methods! If you are canning corn always use a pressure canner.
Canning dried beans is a great way to make sure your canner is full!
Hot or mild
Do you use spicy chilies or mild peppers as an ingredient in many meals? Start canning them in pints or 1/2 pints and have a ready supply on hand.
Have carrots ready to add to a stew or soup, is a great idea. Or just heat, add some butter and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon.
Canning Greens Spinach, Beets, Swiss Chard
Canning greens like spinach, swiss chard or beet greens is super easy. The hardest part is probably the washing step.
Potatoes are handy for having ready for soups or stews. Or simply boil for 10 minutes and add sour cream and chives.
Canning pumpkin first in the pressure canner makes it safe to store and quick to use later in pumpkin butter, pies, muffins, or other pumpkin recipes. Puree it after you can it chunky.
Preserving asparagus by pickling, freezing, drying and even lacto-fermenting.
Canning it plain... ick. But there are lots of other things to do with it.