Some people might assume that to feed a family on home canned goods one must only preserve in huge batches. I beg to differ. My family relies heavily on my home canned goods as a basic part of our diet. I participate in 4-8 large batch canning sessions a year that yield me 15-24 jars at a time, but I also independently can up 20 plus batches on my own that yield anywhere from 1 jar to 12 jars.
Salsa. This has been made in slightly larger batches due to the generosity of some farmer friends. This year I have made enough salsa that I could feed my family one jar a week all year. However, some weeks we eat four jars…
Canning started out for me as an interesting hobby. Over time it has become a vital way I feed my family, practice self sufficiency, and eat more local food in the winter.
You too can buff up your family’s pantry with small batch canning. If you are a skilled canner you can create and process a small batch in an hour or two. I can fit in certain small batch canning sessions while I make dinner, after dinner, or at nap time. If you are new to canning I recommend setting aside 2-3 hours for pickles or jam. Products that need to cook down should be allowed more time. You can do it. Your canner self is waiting to be reborn.