Canning season is in full swing, and I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond thrilled to try out a few of my home-canned goodies! There’s just so much joy and pride in growing and preserving your own food in order to serve healthy, delicious produce to your family in the days, weeks, or years to come! So far this year, I’ve made 4 different kinds of pickles, strawberry jam, pizza sauce, marinara sauce, spaghetti sauce with meat, chicken, ground beef, and as soon as I have enough to do a batch, I’ll have corn, green beans, and squash canned, too! Makes my heart happy 🙂
I wasn’t always a canning diva, though. This is really my first official year to can on my own. I was a little afraid of pressure canning because of all the rumors of pressure canners blowing up or exploding, and no one in my family home preserves food so I had no one to teach me the basics. Enter Kendra Lynne! Kendra writes over at New Life on a Homestead about her beautiful family and their homesteading journey. She produced an amazing DVD to help beginner canners learn the basics of both water bath canning and pressure canning, as well as provide some tips and tricks for seasoned home preservers. The DVD is called At Home Canning for Beginners and Beyond, and I must say, she did an absolutely amazing job!
What I Liked
- Kendra starts by explaining all of the equipment you might need, and covers the safety aspects of home canning. This way, you have no doubt what is safe for your family.
- Down home, personal level details. Kendra talks to the viewer like you are in her own kitchen. She explains each step with clarity, and repeats the important steps multiple times so you won’t forget something crucial.
- Her step by step instructions are easy to follow! Kendra’s explanations make everything so much easier, and definitely makes pressure canning seem less scary. The first time I tried pressure canning after watching Kendra’s DVD (marinara sauce), I was so surprised by how easy it was that I wondered why I was so nervous in the first place! I quickly built up my confidence to try meats and veggies, too!
- She covers both water bath canning and pressure canning, plus you get a few bonus instructions on how to use a food strainer.
- She takes you through several types of foods, and provides great starter recipes to try. Meats, fruits, applesauce, juice, veggies, and even meals in a jar are all covered. Once you’ve done one of each category you can pretty much can anything!
- She explains and demonstrates the differences between reusable Tattler canning lids, and the original, metal disposable lids.
- This DVD appeals to everyone! While the main purpose of the DVD is to teach beginner canners the basics, Kendra also appeals to the seasoned canners by introducing new techniques and reminding each viewer of the newest safety recommendations.
What I Didn’t Like
I loved every second of the DVD and have watched it multiple times! There’s nothing I didn’t like about it 🙂
Where Can You Get it
You can find At Home Canning for Beginners and Beyond HERE on Kendra’s website. Right now she has a sale going on! Use the coupon code LEARN2CAN for a $5 off discount! It would be an excellent addition to your Prepper Library 🙂
What About You?
How long have you been canning? Do you pressure can or water bath can, or both? If you’ve seen it, what do you think of Kendra’s DVD?