Why learn the skill of Canning?

dehydrating corn

There are a few types of people who preserve their own food. There are those who can jams, jellies and pickled items, for fun. Then there are those who are health conscious, they love organic foods and love knowing what they are eating. When you can food that you’ve grown in your own garden you can know exactly what you are getting. You know what the quality of that food is, you know who has handled that food and you have control over your diet. These are great reasons for canning and home preserving.

However, I’m guessing that a lot of the readers here at Doomsday Moose are people who are concerned for the future. You are concerned about what you will do if the world as we know it changes. Most survivalist websites encourage you to look at food storage as a part of your overall preparedness plan. Good idea!

I have two suggestions for you today.

Suggestion One: Get sustainable with your food storage and preparedness plan.

Think about it. What happens when your store of number 10 cans runs out? It doesn’t matter how much you prepare and how much you stock up. If you start using that food on an everyday basis…. It will run out eventually. It will not last forever. Gardening, canning and dehydrating is a sustainable way to provide for your family.

Don’t get me wrong! Traditional food storage from the many food storage suppliers has its place. But my opinion is it should just be a buffer. Freeze dried foods should give you time to plant a garden and grow your own food.

Gardening and preserving foods will sustain you year after year. Grow it in season; preserve it for out of season. People lived that way for years as an everyday self-reliant lifestyle.

Suggestion Two: Don’t wait to learn. Skills are another important part of a good preparedness plan.

You don’t have to be like me and grow and preserve all your food right NOW! I’d seriously think about adding this to your list of skills to learn. When it counts, you’ll be spending a LOT of time canning and dehydrating. It takes a lot of food to provide for a family.

Spend the time learning now. Start small, start with making your own applesauce or canning tomatoes. Then you can gradually learn and add more foods to your skill set. Believe me this is much easier than a crash course when your food supply for the winter will depend on your ability and knowledge.

Canning Green Beans

Check out SimplyCanning.com. I’ve got instructions for canning vegetables, fruits, even meat, chili and soups. Do you know what foods require a pressure canner? Do you know why? Do you know what types of canners you’ll need?

If you do want to learn the skill of home preserving there are things you must know. I’d love to help!


2 thoughts on “Why learn the skill of Canning?

  • April 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Donna, don't despair. Consider looking at an outdoor heat source. I use a volcano grill with my both my waterbath and pressure canners. I do this out in my carport and then it keeps the heat outdoors. Maybe this is a possibility for you. There may be other burners that work as well.

    Here is a review I did for the volcano grill.


  • April 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I'm so very interested in learning to can because I'm growing a garden this year – but I was very disappointed to read on the Amerian Canner website you recommended that they can't be used on glass-topped flat-surface stoves – since I can't replace my stove, guess my dream just went up in steam.


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