Canning your freshly grown produce is a very cost effective way to preserve the harvest and feed your family wholesome home grown food year round. You just need a few, inexpensive canning supplies to get you started.
Don’t be intimidated by the canning process. In many cases, it’s really just a matter of boiling your jars for 15-30 minutes (always follow the directions on your canning recipe) to heat the internal contents and destroy any harmful bacteria.
Once out of the boiling water, the lids on your jars will create a vacuum seal as they cool and can be stored in a cool dark place for months or years.
So which canning supplies are the most essential and which ones are optional?