I am going to do it. I have toyed with the idea for quite sometime, but something about it scares me. I can't explain why. In the past I have said I was going to do it, but chickened out and used my freezer instead.
This time, there is no turning back; I really am going to learn how to can food. The money has been spent and the Amazon box arrived today. I am kinda excited and terrified - all at the same time.
What will I can? For one, I want to can my all-natural, better-than-bought, homemade ketchup. I usually make up a small batch and stick it in the fridge, but I want to make a large batch I can keep on hand and not worry it is going to grow things on top before we can eat it all.
I also want to give canning vegetables from my garden a try. So often I freeze what we can't use right away, but then it gets lost in my freezer and I discover it later, covered in ice and looking like something from a science experiment.
Thirdly, I want to make (my friend) Karra's yummy pickles. They had just the right amount of garlic and dill flavors that I like. I am not ashamed (much) to say I ate the whole jar she gave me in one sitting. And I need more.
So, tomorrow is the day I begin my canning education. I will be finding my information online, so if you know of any good sites with helpful canning instructions or tips, please send them my way. I am also up for receiving some good advice if you are a canning wizard. I might even send you some ketchup if your advice is really good...but I am not sharing the pickles.