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Canning is Finally Cool Again

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Canning Across America. That project is still going strong. In fact, it is becoming very obvious that canning is now becoming “COOL”


– Just look at this new  “YES WE CAN” T-shirt you can buy online!

– If you do a #canning search on Twitter you will be hooked up with hundreds of canners across the world.

– And if you don’t want to take my word for it, look at this article in the New York Times. The reporter took a canning class and is now a canning convert.

According to the article, people are canning for a variety of reasons, namely:

“The worst recession in decades and a trend toward healthier eating are inspiring many Americans to grow their own food. Now the harvest season is turning many of these gardeners into canners looking to stretch the bounty of the garden into the winter.”

Ah yes, the whole growing your own food movement has indeed sparked a renewed food preservation movement. I love this! I have been canning and preserving my whole life and became a Certified Master Food Preserver way back in 1991. I am thrilled that others are wanting to join in the fun.

Come on everyone! Don’t be intimidated! Home canned food captures the ‘fresh-from-the-garden’ flavors in a jar. And they make great holiday gifts!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.