Do you know a few food canning tricks can get you off the hook while you’re stranded in the wild?
So, why not learn some important tips to can your food safely for a SHTF event.
Here are a few:
1. Pick the right canning technique
Canning can be done in two ways—pressure canning and water bath canning. While water bath canning is best for foods with high acid and sugar, food items with lower acidity and sugar level must be pressure canned.
So, all you need is an elaborate hot water bath for processing foods like pickles, jellies, jams, tomatoes and fruit juices.
On the other hand, pressure canning that cooks your food, destroys bacteria and builds a protective seal is suitable for processing meat, fish, stock, tomato sauce with onions & peppers and broth etc.
2. Examine your jars, rings & lids thoroughly
Irrespective of where you get your jars from, it becomes your first responsibility to check them closely for any cracks, chips and flaws before you store any survival food in them. Besides, make sure you wash them duly with water and soap and make them pest and moisture-free well in advance.
In case you have metal lids, try to use fresh lids instead of old ones as the latter is more feasible for short-term or fridge storage. While the new ones will not be weakened during canning and sealing, they will guarantee a secure seal too.
3. Rack up the right sized jar
Getting the right sized jar will not only make your food intake easy, but will also help you prevent food wastage during holocaust. First of all, know how many people you’re canning for. Secondly, how many portions or servings are required in one jar?
While quart canning is simpler and effective for bigger batches, a pint jar is best for those looking to serve two to three people. And, if you practice vice versa, you’re likely to have leftovers which are deemed to be wasted.
So, always can food in right sized jars.
4. Take it easy
Remember “Rome was not built in a day” so you can’t can the entire food all at once. Perhaps, canning all the food in one single way only to find that you won’t eat them is the most ridiculous thing you can do to yourself and food!
Instead, try only one batch for canning so that you can do something else if you don’t enjoy your previous experiment. Perhaps, the best option would be to prepare fruit preserves and jams that would both last longer and can be water bath canned easily.
5. Stay organized & label
Well, this is something you’ll always forget, but remember this is very important if you want your life to be easy during survival. Label cans as soon as they are sealed with its name and year. Also, record how many jars you created and maintain a file.
While product labeling will keep your food organized, date labeling will keep you informed on their longevity or what canned food you should consume first.
Besides, record keeping will let you know which canned foods you ate most so that you can make more of it.