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We Be Jammin’


I have been thinking about why so many of us enjoy canning/preserving the food we grow. There are many reasons, but for me, canning is what we as gardeners can do to continue the story of our garden. It is a way for us to capture the flavors and essence of the food we grow in a little "time capsule" called a canning jar. Later, we can open that time capsule and again experience the deliciousness of our garden and share it with family and friends.

Since we seem to be on the subject of canning all the wonderfulness of the garden lately, I thought you might be interested in this. The media is catching on and is starting to talk about the hot, hot, hotness of canning and preserving. Here they are a few articles for your perusal.

The Globe had an article about how younger generations are jumping on the can train. They are especially interested in pickles, chutneys and unusual recipes. Oh yeah, baby!

Even the Wall Street Journal is getting in on the story talking about how the worst recession in decades has caused trends toward eating healthier, growing our own food and CANNING.

The New York Times did an article last year on the popularity of canning. Writer Julia Moskin says, "Like baking bread or making a slow-cooked tomato sauce, preserving offers primal satisfactions and practical results." Don't you love that?

And good old NPR has several canning stories including Canning Makes A Comeback and Freezer Jam-The Baby Step to Canning.

There are many more great articles out there, but that should keep you busy for awhile…

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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.