Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My First Foray into Canning

I have been wanting to can forever. Finally, my husband and I bought a 5 gallon bucket full of green beans for $12.00 (I am not sure that that is a good price but it seemed like it was okay) from a local farmer. Anyway, we also invested in a pressure canner. I say invested because this is a tool we hope to use a lot in the future. Yes, it is cheaper to buy a can of green beans at Aldi's, but these are home grown green beans that we can ourselves. My instructions came from the Ball Blue Canning Book. It has step by step instructions. Making our first batch was not bad, but our second batch went much smoother. Anyway, here is the before and after picture:


Thrilling isn't it! Well, it is for us, but we are crazy like that.


  1. good job! you got a decent deal for $12, because picking them is no small task...too bad they didn't come pre-cut for you! Your beans look yummy.

  2. I think $12 is a good price and for homegrown this is a great price.
    I would love to can someday. I have a canner that my MIL gave me, but I've never had the chance to use it.
    Enjoy your green beans!

  3. I am soooo impressed! I have wanted to can, but still haven't. I am excited for you, and can feel your excitement!

  4. I'm excited. I can't wait to hear how this all goes for you! I would love to start canning. And I agree completely, I would much rather buy those fresh green beans rather than the canned ones at our grocery store!

  5. I am so glad that you are doing this because I too am getting ready to start canning. I'm planning on putting out a pretty decent sized garden next year and I'm trying to learn to can this winter so I'll already know what I'm doing come next year!


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