Canning our own food at home can be interesting. It may seem like an old-fashioned tradition but in reality, it is actually a fun hobby to take part in. Who would not like their food healthier, tastier and cheaper? I know I would. Home canning not only has its beneficial effects on the individual but also on the society. Read on if you want to get more acknowledged with home canning.
If you want to get involved in home canning, it is important that you learn a few basic tips. First and foremost, preserve the food in their respective seasons. Otherwise, you will be caning imported products which would lack in taste as well as nutrients. Preserving food when in-season will ensure that you savor the taste of your favorite meals throughout the year.
Furthermore, it is also a good idea to avoid making use of unnecessary additives in food canned at home. Market available canned products are host to a wide list of additives, ranging from food flavoring to excess salts. By excluding additives you can ensure yourself healthy as well as economical canned food.
On the other hand, when canning food at home it is also a good idea to avoid can liners with BPA. BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a compound with serious health risks commonly found in commercial cans. Studies show that prolonged contact can lead BPA to leach its way into food causing interference with the hormone system. BPA has also been linked with several serious health issues; these include premature puberty, different cancers, cardiovascular diseases, memory impairment, asthma, allergic reactions and impotency.
In order to get started the safe way, therefore, one needs to get a hold of a basic water-bath canner, some non-toxic containers and covers, and some other storage devices; such as jar lifters and pressure canners. It is not important to get them brand new, old used ones will also suffice.
The tradition of home canning has its value. It is not just about enjoying preserved food; it’s also about enjoying it with others. Therefore, home canning can be great for socializing. It gives you the opportunity to get together with your family, friends and neighbors every once in a while and introduce them to your active health-conscious lifestyle. In addition to this, home canning can also help you reduce the gap between you and your local community farmers and growers. This way you won’t feel so disconnected from your local food system.
Coming to a conclusion, it is important to realize that food is your life force. Apart from this, home canning is also about the connection one shares with the society as well as environment. Therefore, home canning is not just about living healthier it’s also about living a meaningful life. For this reason, one should try to be a part of this as much as they can.