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Is canning your own food really worth it?

By Hunter Browning
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We get this question asked a lot here and so I think it's time to address the subject in the form of a blog.The Best Jar Sizes for Canning I've done my research on whether you should continue to buy canned food for your food storage or jump on the trend of canning your own food. Stick around because the results might just surprise you!


When I was younger growing up, my mom used to can food and it seemed like at the time, the price of those jars was not very much. But through the years, the need for canning has gained an interest in the family household. Mason jars on amazon are a whopping $30 for a case of 12. But this also includes the lid and the screw on top. As a bonus, most of the ones that are selling now, come with labels to make them easier to store. They are super durable and will do the trick when canning. When you divide the $30 by the number of cans you have, it comes out to about $2.50 a can. I know of some older people who are still using cans that are 15-20 years old, which makes your cost of canning jars way cheaper! Another plus, you can often get used canning jars from friends, family, neighbors, garage sales, and thrift stores, bringing the cost of them to almost pennies. When purchasing used jars, make sure you run your finger over the rim of the jar to make sure there aren't any nicks or cracks, which cause them from sealing properly.


When deciding which method is cheaper, you'll want to compare the item for what it's worth, but there are also other factors that you need to keep in mind. If you plan on canning vegetables, you will need a pressure canner. Check out this link here to find the best one that might fit your needs. Don't be afraid to spend a little more on a canner,clear glass filled mason jar with lid on white and blue textile as you'll most likely have it for a long time, canning TONS of jars. For example, if you get a pressure canner for $100, divide that by 12 months, it is a little over $8 a month. Then you have to keep in mind the number of jars you'll be canning and BOOM, the cost is a penny per jar for the pressure canner. When you count up how much you'd spend out going out to eat over a year, that pressure canner is paid for and then some.


Canning does in fact take time, but the amount of time varies by food, processing time, and method. Since canning can take a while, you will want to make sure that you have time set aside for something like this! In some cases, it's actually faster to can (going down to your food storage and opening some things that are actually prepared) than it is to cook all of those items fresh at meal time.


Again, it all depends on what your preferred method is but when looking at all the positives, canning your own food is the way to go(if you keep in mind all the other factors) and does benefit you and your family in the long run. Having shelves lined with already prepared food that isn't dependent upon a grocery store, is a feeling like no other. It definitely comes in handy Shop Glass Mason Jar 16 Ounce (1 Pint) - 6 Pack, Metal Airtight Lid, Preserving, Canning Jars, Dry Food Storage, Decorating Jar - Overstock - 29043335knowing that if a real emergency were to happen, like bad weather or a power outage, you can literally go straight to your food storage and get what you need from the comfort of your own home.  Plus, on a busy night, with no fast food or worrying about dinner, you can open a jar and have a homemade home-cooked meal on the table in less time than you would be waiting while eating out.


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Carol USA
3 years ago at 5:49 AM
That is wonderful! I have been canning for years. My mother didn't can, but my grandmother did and she taught me a lot of what I know now. I also taught myself a lot. And yes... I have safe jars that I have used for probably 40 or more years, and two pressure canners with four water bath canners that are in their 40s as well. I love the products you carry for long term, but I do love the home canned goods as well.
Tim mccann
3 years ago at 5:54 AM
An unlike the FDA, I don't allow any bug parts.
3 years ago at 1:06 PM
YES! Canning is so worth it! We've only just begun, but we have done beef stew, tomato sauce (with our home-grown tomatoes!), and chili. Everything is delicious. We spent the money to get a large pressure canner that can also do water bath canning. I want to try some jellies and jams next year.