Canning 101

Posted on September 1, 2020 in Blog Posts


Picture this… it’s November just a few days before Thanksgiving and you’re planning the menu for your holiday meal. You wish you had some of the farm-fresh vegetables that you had enjoyed earlier that year from Patterson Farms, but now they’re all out of season and you’ll have to settle for store-bought canned vegetables instead. Luckily for you, this is an easy problem to avoid! Canning vegetables is an easy solution that allows you to enjoy the farm freshness of our vegetables at any time of the year! From tomatoes to corn, you can preserve that fresh taste for almost any vegetable.


Benefits of Canning Tomatoes


Tomatoes, whether fresh or canned, are jam-packed with fiber and vitamin C. They are also low in calories and can be stored in your pantry for up to 18 months! This makes it much easier to access farm-fresh produce during the colder months when tomatoes are not in season. Canned tomatoes have an added benefit that fresh tomatoes lack and that the antioxidant lycopene. Never heard of it? Lycopene has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and decrease in eyesight as you age. When buying processed cans of tomatoes from the store, you are also getting the additives and preservatives that they use to increase the shelf life of their product. When you can your own tomatoes, you are skipping out on all of the unnecessary chemicals and getting the purest form of the produce.



Canning your own tomatoes is also a more economically friendly option than grocery shopping. Over time, the financial benefits will definitely pay off, literally! It also allows you to personalize your food. Instead of only being able to purchase regular canned tomatoes at your local grocery store, when you can, you can add whatever spices, or flavors you would like to make your canning recipe unique to you. Combining two different types of produce also allows for some customization. For example, if you combine corn and jalapeños, you now have your own corn relish!

Canning is also a great option for those who have food allergies. When you can your food yourself, you know exactly what is going into your can and the conditions that it was stored in prior. This allows parents to closely monitor exactly what their kids are getting.


What Else Can You Make?


Tomatoes can be incorporated into breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a taste of locally grown freshness on your plate. Whether you’re adding tomatoes to an omelet for breakfast, variations of the classic BLT for lunch, or fried green tomatoes with remoulade for dinner, the possibilities are endless! For some amazing recipes that incorporate tomatoes, visit our website here!



For video tutorials on how to make each of the recipes on the website click the corresponding link below:


Cucumber Stuffed Tomato Poppers

Fried Green Tomatoes

BLTA Pinwheel Appetizer

Tomato Crisps


What else can you can?


Other fruits and vegetables can be canned and used with every meal just like tomatoes. By canning strawberries, you now have a delicious pie or cobbler filling for those winter months when you’re baking for the holidays. Green beans are good at any time of the year, but especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas when you host your family for a big feast! If you can grow it, you can probably can it! Think of everything that you can find in a grocery store that is available in a can. Yes, there is a great deal of knowledge needed to can some of those things properly but it can be done. Visit our online market to get your canning materials and then research some canning recipes to preserve that farm-fresh taste for that time of year where they are unavailable. If you aren’t sure how to use our online market, watch this quick tutorial that will help guide you through the steps.



How to Can Tomatoes


Canning may seem like a daunting process, but if you break it down into simple step-by-step instructions, anyone can do it! All you need is around 30 tomatoes, 4 tablespoons of canning salt, 24 fresh basil leaves, ¾ cups of lemon juice, and some jars with lids! To read the full step by step recipe on how to can the perfect tomatoes, visit our website here and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page! 30 tomatoes may seem like a lot, but don’t worry! You can shop in bulk in our market here.



So next time you’re in the market at the farm, or shopping in our online market, consider stocking up on some fruit and veggies and give canning a try! The process is extremely rewarding and when you finally get to taste the final result, all of the hard work will be worth it!

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