Farming @ Home: The Canner's Garden

Farming @ Home: The Canner's Garden

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Tara Bellucci
Apr 16, 2012
Growing your own food and preserving it go hand-in-hand in history, though many of us nowadays start with one or the other. If you're a canner looking to expand your homesteading skills to the garden, or are a gardener who wants to apply your green thumb to goods that are best for canning, here are 7 must-haves for the canner's garden. • Cucumbers. Many people's first entry into preserving is making their own pickled cucumbers. Classic for a reason. • Tomatoes. Few things are sadder than a winter supermarket tomato. Make some sauce, paste, and jam to give you the taste of August in January. You can oven dry any extras and preserve those as well. • Berries. You gotta have something to spread on your toast. There are so many berry options, common and not, and all can be made into preserves. Grow a variety and create a mixed berry jam that fits your tastes. • Peppers. From bell peppers to chillies, there are tons of varieties and a ton of ways to save them. Canning my own roasted reds and making my own chili oil are high on my list. • Herbs. Many herbs grow fast and in abundance, so use that to your advantage. Make pesto, dry them, or add them to pickles and jams for additional flavor. • Cabbage. We had someone bring one jar of sauerkraut to a food swap once, and it was highly bid for! If a swapper brought homemade kimchi, I would snap it up so fast. • Beans. Did you know you can make your own canned beans with a pressure canner? The ultimate convenience food, no supermarket required! What's your favorite produce to can? Do you have any to add to the list? (Image: Shutterstock)
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