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2.26.2009

THE NEXT GREENIST THING

Discussions at Green Drinks last night drifted to home gardens and the abundant bounty produced, then turned to the 'lost art of canning.'

One person at the table said she knew how to can, the rest of us were clueless, viewing the process as mysterious, complicated and intimidating.

At one time in Florida's recent past, there were community canning facilities created to support low income families and stretch their food budgets by learning correct sterilization, water baths and food preparation. Many of these facilities were open to the entire community who needed either instruction or more space than their home kitchen counters provided.
The last one closed in the early 80's probably concurrent with the
availability of inexpensive microwaves.

I'm calling on a resurgence of the art of canning!
Here's some resources to get us started:
National Center for Home Preservation
Pickyourown.org (How to Can Anything)
and
Home Food Preservation
http:/foodsafety.cas.psu.edu/canningguide.html

Green Readers! let's get started and we'll be ready when those veggies come in.

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