This post will share canning printables that will make canning season easier for a beginner and an experienced preserver- they are free, useful, and beautiful- get them below!
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Many of you know that my “day job” is as an English teacher, hence the longish blog posts and my fondness for helping break down the complex into simple tasks. When I started blogging I wanted to help make what I knew many beginners felt was complicated easier with some free tools.
As I have zero graphic design skills, I had to get some help. Enter my blogging friend Elisa of Single Mama Blueprints and Meal Planning Blueprints. Head over to www.singlemamablueprints.com to get your life in order if you are running the mom show solo, and if you are interesting in meal planning, head to www.mealplanningblueprints.com. Take a peek at her amazing logo (it is a pencil and a fork…get it?) and sign up for her free meal planning resources! Elisa created the following printables for us and I can’t thank her enough.
First up is the canning process sheet. Print this baby off if you need a clear visual of what pot goes where when water bath canning… I created this because I know I was confused when I got started. I wasn’t sure what spot would be the smartest for which pot, or which location would yield the least reaching/splashing/etc.
Next, get the canning season planner & checklist! This list will help you plan out your whole canning season and help you prepare to preserve all the recipes you’ve been dreaming of based on season. It will also help you remember to stock up your shelves with the essentials from the grocer!
Now you are ready for the Water Bath Canning Equipment Checklist. It lists everything you need and nothing you don’t; you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that you probably have almost everything already!
One step that many newbies forget when canning is they forget to adjust for altitude. This step is one that I hear a lot of people scoff at and say, “oh, I never do that and I’m fine…” which I think is pretty darn silly. I’m here to tell you to adjust for your altitude, as the USDA recommends, which means that you need to add 5 minutes of processing time for every 1000 feet of elevation. Get the canning & altitude adjustment guide here!
Once you are canning, one thing that can be really helpful is knowing what ingredients you can substitute and which you cannot. I wrote a full blog post about acid and canning here, but the short version is that you have make substitutions that are of similar acid levels when swapping ingredients when canning. I took the data from the USDA site, which I liken to the Bible (full of great info but kind of hard to read in places) and made it easy to read and understand. Recipes for water bath and steam canning are at a 4.6 acid or greater, which is a 4.6 or smaller number (confusing, I know) so you want to can (and thus substitute) items on the acidic side of the chart. That means that strawberries and lemons are both fairly acid, but green beans are not. Print the Acid pH Values For Canning Chart here!
For those who are interested in the fastest canning around, I want to introduce you to the Steam Canning Mini Resource Guide. This is part equipment checklist, part fact sheet that will explain how steam canning is amazing (or you can check out this post here to read more!) and it will help you learn the fastest, lightest, most modern way to can; it was approved by the USDA in late 2015 and it is perfect for both brand new beginners and experience preservers. Get the Steam Canning Mini Resource Guide here!
Finally, once you are canning along, I don’t want you to skip this step. Keeping track of canning from season to season can be SO VALUABLE- I created this log to help you keep track of recipes you liked, why you liked them, how much they yielded for you (because the tomatoes you get this year from the farmer’s market may yield a lot more than say the tomatoes you grow next year on your own, for example) which book/site you used for a recipe (how many times have you thought, “I swore that recipe was in this magazine/pinterest board/cookbook…” Download this beautiful, two-page canning log right here, Wildflowers!
And, one way that might be super helpful to **remember** to actually write on this pretty little log is to try out one of these handy things: These do-dads stick a printable like mine above to the fridge so you can have them at the ready to write on…and thus keep track when you are canning. Aren’t they adorable? They are Fodeez brand...love them!
There you have it, Wildflowers! What other printables would be helpful to you? Let me know in the comments below!