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Why Preserve Food?

  • To use what you have grown
  • To prepare food the way you like it
  • To prepare the amount you like
  • To address dietary concerns
  • To save/make money…maybe
  • Self-satisfaction
  • To sell at the Farmers Market

Advantages of Canning

  • Finished product can be stored at room temperature (50°F is optimum)
  • Food ready to use for quick meals
  • Canned food usually a high quality product
  • Economical except for labor
  • Good way to store a large amount of food

Disadvantages of Canning

  • Equipment may be expensive
  • The process is time consuming
  • Knowledge and skill needed
  • Must stay up-to-date on canning recommendations