Canning High Acidic Foods

When it comes to preserving foods long-term through canning, there is no better place to start than mastering the basics. Canning high acidic foods has come a long way over the years, and the methods which your great-grandma once used have since been updated.

Allow Ann of A Farm Girl in the Making, and the author of The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest, introduce you to the modern world of home canning. Ann shares updated methods and new tools used to preserve high acidic foods safely. In addition to this, she also covers traditional canning methods still practiced worldwide.

Canning high acidic foods no longer has to be boring, learn to use vinegars other than distilled white vinegar.

What greater joy is there than being able to grab a jar of triple berry jam, balsamic pickled beet, or canned green tomato slices from your own pantry? Items which you have grown or purchased from local farms, and preserved throughout the growing season.

The ability to shop the larder brings incredible joy to so many, especially during the winter months. Home canning not only allows you store food, it gives you the ability to know every ingredient that went into the jars.

Knowing how to preserve foods through canning is extremely liberating. Once you master this traditional skill, you will  no longer rely on the supermarket to feed your family.

For those that do not know where to begin when it comes to home canning, this is the perfect way to get started. 

The Beginner’s Canning Workshop

The Beginner’s Canning Workshop is ideal for those who are new to home canning as well as individuals who need a refresher course on the modern methods now practiced. In this hands-on workshop, you will discover how to safely integrate traditional practices with modern ingredients, tools, and preserving methods.  

Ann’s teaching method is quite simple. She believes that one must understand the science behind food preservation as well as traditional canning methods practiced worldwide. Understanding both the scientific and traditional methods will allow you to confidently, and safely, preserve the harvest.

High Acidic Foods

Traditional ingredients such as sugar or distilled white vinegar, which are used to sweeten jam or pickle vegetables, are no longer the only options when it comes to canning. Substituting ingredients for other similar ingredients can be done, and you simply need to learn how and why it is okay to make the substitutions.

For example, a traditional raspberry jam recipe can be transformed into a jam with a kick. Adding a simple ingredient, such as jalapeno peppers, to a berry jam will alter the flavor while keeping it safe to be canned. Raspberry-jalapeno jam is a home canned item which should be in every pantry!

By the end of the workshop you will have learned how to confidently can:

  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Chutneys
  • Pie fillings
  • Pickled items
  • Juices
  • Sauces
  • Tomato products

Workshop Curriculum

In the Beginner’s Canning Workshop, Ann covers the guidelines of safe canning, creating recipes, and how to alter a recipe based on dietary needs. In addition to this, you will learn canning methods still practiced worldwide.

The workshop covers: 

  • Traditional and modern tools used to can high acidic foods
  • Proper handling of canning jars
  • Understanding the pH balance in fruits and vegetables
  • Sweeteners
  • Pectin options
  • Vinegars
  • Troubleshooting issues during the canning process

Together, in this hand-on workshop, we will put up a seasonal item which you will be able to take home and share with your family.

Update your canning tools to simplify your canning experience. A steam canner is ideal for preserving high acidic foods.

Book a Hands-on Workshop

We are happy to share that Acorn Creek Farmstead will be offering two Beginner’s Canning Workshops during the 2022 preserving season! Join us in learning how to put up the garden’s bounty for long-term storage. 

Available hands-on workshop dates for 2022:

  • June 11th, 2022
  • 11 am to 2pm
  • Workshop Cost – $60.00
  • July 23rd, 2022
  • 11 am to 2pm
  • Workshop Cost – $60.00

Space is limited for this hands-on workshop. Reserving your spot now ensures that you are on the path to achieving food freedom.

2023 Workshop Schedule:

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