Canning food is one of the more common ways that people store up emergency foods and it’s one of the most popular methods for food storage as well. You can buy emergency foods and then can them so they will last for several months. This is an ideal way to keep emergency foods in case of a disaster but it also provides you with a variety of vegetables, fruits and other foods during the off season if a natural disaster does not happen.
If you are going to can your fruits and vegetables for use as emergency food, you should know the types of jars that are available. There are two basic canning jars for food storage – the wide mouth and the standard mouth. Standard mouth jars are typically less expensive but they may be more difficult to work with. A wide mouth jar has a larger mouth which makes it easier to fill them without spilling the ingredients all over your work area. The wider mouth also makes them easier to clean so you can use them over and over again with little hassle.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should do all of your canning in one day or two simultaneous days. Most of the work for this method of food storage is getting set up to do your canning. You won’t want to go through that process any more than you have to so just plan to do all of your canning in one long “canning marathon” to save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
Finally, don’t forget to label the foods that you have canned. Depending on the foods you are canning, they can last from a few months to several years. But you don’t want to eat something that you have already canned if you don’t know how long it has been sitting in your food storage area. Labeling your canned foods can be as simple as writing the date and the type of food on a piece of masking tape and putting it on the lid.
If you are going to go through the process of canning foods for emergency purposes, it’s important to do it right. Keep these tips in mind as a good start for your canning adventure.