Benefits of Canning and Freezing

Benefits of Canning and Freezing

What are the great benefits of canning and freezing? If you are considering taking up this time-honored way of preserving food, you might be wondering if it’s worth it. Why bother? Are there any benefits to canning and freezing food at home?

Here some benefits that may just change your mind.

See what the benefits of canning and freezing are and why people get into it?

Benefits of Canning and Freezing

Saves Money
If you buy your food in season from local farmers or take advantage of supermarket sales, you can produce large quantities of high-quality canned food for little money. Dried beans are a good example – a 2-lb bag of dried beans for $2, cooked and canned, produces 4 to 6 pints of canned beans. A pint is a bit more than a commercial can, making your efforts well worth it.

Taking advantage of seasonal, local foods saves money, too. Many vendors at open air markets will sell boxes of “canning fruits” or “canning vegetables.” These can be very reasonable, producing more than their worth in canned or frozen goods.

Healthier
When you can and freeze food yourself, you know exactly what went into the jar. If you prefer less sugar or salt, you can simply use a recipe with less. Glass jars are also a very safe material for food preservation; no metals leach into the food.

There is a much shorter processing time when you can and freeze at home. There are no long transport times; you can get your food from garden or market to can in a matter of hours. This helps retain the foods’ nutrients.

Another note on health – foods you can yourself do not have added preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. There is no high fructose corn syrup either, or any other dubious chemicals and additives that may be of concern.

Winter Nutrients
In the middle of winter, nothing beats opening a jar of fresh-tasting berries, frozen or canned at the peak of their flavor; and few pleasures equal fresh-tasting corn and tomatoes in January. During cold and flu season, you and your family can be enjoying nutrient-rich, healthy foods that may help ward off illness.

Gifts
Have you ever received homemade jam or an herbal vinegar as a gift for Christmas? Frozen or canned goods make excellent holiday gifts, and they are inexpensive and generally well-received.

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I would love to hear how you are taking advantage of the benefits of canning and freezing! What is your favorite thing to can?

3 Responses to Benefits of Canning and Freezing

  1. Years ago, when my husband and I lived out in the countryside of Northwest Arkansas, we did a lot of canning and freezing. About all we do anymore is some tomato sauce, and we haven’t even had enough tomatoes for canning in the last couple of years, due to late blight. However, I can say that everything you said is true – and you can even control the salt content of items like tomato sauce, as a bonus.

  2. I am a big canner and freezer. Now that Kerr/Ball make jars that you can freeze, I put all my tomato sauce and paste in the jars and into the freezer. There is nothing like taking out a jar of sauce or some jam or salsa in the dead of winter to remind you of summer garden fun. Yes it is healthier too and organic if like me you garden organically so a bargain. Investment in the jars but they can be used over and over again. I mark my freezable jars with a nail polish X on the bottom to differentiate them from non-freezable jars.

  3. I grew up with a mom who canned. But the process seems so times consuming! Maybe it’s not? I’d much rather freeze things. I just need to get myself a second freezer.

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