Why canning isn’t just for your grandma

Canning benefits include saving money and extending the availability of seasonal foods.

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For many, a childhood staple was visiting grandma’s house and eating canned peaches, cherries, apples, or pickles that were tucked away like hidden gems in the pantry.

But canning isn’t just for your grandma anymore, as more people – young and old — are choosing to preserve their fruits and veggies.

Before you start thinking you “can’t” do it, just by following a few simple steps, you will find that you definitely “can!”

Canadian Tire is making it easier than ever for all ages to take advantage of the pleasure of preserving food, with a section of their site dedicated to providing recipes, canning products (including a starter kit), and a video showcasing canning basics.

Canning involves placing foods in jars and heating them to a temperature that destroys potential bacteria. During this process, a vacuum seal is also formed that keeps the food fresher, longer. Canning allows you to be in control of what goes into your food while buying store-bought or packaged food often takes that choice away.

Other benefits of canning include: extending the availability of seasonal product, saving money by making long-lasting food at home, and as an added bonus, it feels good to share the final product with friends and family.

Years ago, canning was much more time consuming. Today, with proficient refrigerators, farmers markets, and recipes available online, preserving small batches of various foods can be done in a sophisticated, creative, and efficient way.

Canning is a skill any modern food-lover should try, if not to experience the joy of creating something delicious, then at the very least, to make grandma proud.

Visit canadiantire.ca/canning for everything you need to know about canning, including recipes, tips, and product tests by Canadian Tire’s Tested for Life in Canada testers.

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