Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Bernardin and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
I love a good homemade jelly. Life is too short for anything less than delicious homemade jelly on your toast. Jelly that was canned in someone’s own kitchen says ‘home’ to me. And just tastes better because of it. I love to can my own jelly. I love the creative process and one-of-a-kind flavours you can put together.
But I wasn’t always someone who canned. Canning actually used to intimidate me. It seemed like a complicated process that I just didn’t have the skills or patience to do. If we are being completely honest here – I’ll confess that my idea of homemade jelly used to be going to the farmers market, buying jelly, ripping the label off, and passing it off as my own.
A family friend actually got me into it. Once she figured out that no one ever taught me how to can and that I was intimidated by the process, she insisted that I let her teach me. She was a retired teacher, but she still had a love for teaching. Also, she didn’t like to take no for an answer.
That afternoon my love for canning was born. She broke it down into 10 easy steps that I could always remember, and I never looked back.
Canning is making a comeback. Not only is it a great way to cater to special diets, cut back on food costs, and be more aware of the food you are eating – it’s also a great way to create custom flavour combinations.
If you a little intimidated by the process of canning, I’ve broken down into the same 10 simple steps that I was taught. There’s also an easy and delicious jelly recipe at the bottom that you can print out – so you can impress everyone with your new canning skills.
But before you can even start canning, you need to get the right supplies.
What You Need To Can
Personally, I love the brand Bernardin. It was the brand that my family friend suggested I buy when she taught me how to can – because it was the brand she used. Bernardin has over 130 years of research backing up their products. Their passion is canning. Bernardin is always testing and advancing the art of fresh preserving with their scientifically tested and approved canning jars and lids for superior quality and sealing performance. A proper seal is one of the most important parts of canning. Without that, you allow bacteria to grow and spoil your food. Which is why you should go with the brand that has the proven track record and is trusted by so many.
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If you are a beginner, Bernardin has a really great starter kit. It includes:
- an instructional DVD
- a rack
- a 21 quart canner
- a jar lifter
- a funnel
- a lid lifter
- a bubble remover
- a measuring tool
- a 4 pack collection elite decorative jars with lids
- a box of original crystals pectin
Canning In 10 Easy Steps:
That’s it, just 10 easy steps to delicious canned goods. These steps will work with anything you can – salsa, jams, beans.
If your looking for a tasty and simple recipe to try – I’ve included a printable recipe for one of my favourite jellies below. It’s a sweet jelly with all the flavours of summer. Check it out!
Do you can? What’s your favourite recipe to can? Let me know in the comments below!
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