Save Money on Food by Learning to Can
Canning foods seems to be a lost art in today’s culture. However, if you’re looking for some great ways to save money on food, it’s not an idea that should be overlooked. Learning how to can foods can save you a ton of money – especially if you have ample access to fresh produce (perhaps you’re growing it in your home like we’ll talk about in a post later this week). But there’s more to it than that, canning foods can help you to lead a richer life; I’ll tell you why I think that later in this post.
As we do every Christmas, my wife and I made a trip to see her parents just a few short weeks ago. While visiting her parents this year, she decided to ask about how to can foods. We had talked about it before and considered it as an option to save money on food, but were unsure of whether it was something we could do. Knowing that her parents had done it for years, my wife wanted to ask their advice.
After our festivities during the Christmas celebration, her parents talked us through the different ways of canning – using a pressure cooker or a hot water bath. They showed us the tools they used, talked to us about safety, and told us what types of recipes worked with each canning technique. Her parents explained what the startup costs would look like and helped us to think about whether we thought it was worth our time (we did).
We left their home excited to learn to can, but knowing that it was going to be a lot of work. With our Christmas money, we took a trip to the store and purchased a pressure cooker, some cans, and some tools and excitedly went home to try our first ever canning experience. We spent an entire day learning how to use our pressure cooker and enjoying some homemade foods – and it was *hard,* I won’t lie. However, it was well worth it – for our budgets, our health, and our lives.
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Save Money on Food by Learning to Can
There you have it, the reasons why you should learn to can. Here’s a little overview in case you want to skim:
- Canning is hard work
- There is a hefty startup cost unless someone gifts you what you need
- You need ample access to produce
- Canning helps you to save money on food
- Canning also helps you to live life to the fullest
- Once you start canning, you’ll love it
Today is DAY 13 of our No Spend Challenge and we are well over a third of the way done. Today’s quote is by the infamous John Lennon.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
Living life to the fullest means understanding that happiness is the key, not saving money, not being healthy, but choosing to be happy. This other stuff – learning how to save money on food by canning, getting healthier by eating your own canned foods, and even paying off debt – it’s all important, but it’s not what makes life special.
What is the most important thing in your life today?
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