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The Canvolution Hits Allrecipes! 
 
Aug. 11, 2009 7:20 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2009 4:14 pm
Who guessed that canning and preserving are hot, hot, HOT activities this summer? Allrecipes cooks, that’s who! A recent survey on our site tells us 54% of you than ever are canning and preserving this summer—97% said they are canning more this summer! And not surprisingly, you said “the economy/saving money” was the primary reason for canning.  Half of all respondents cited “home-grown foods taste better” and “are healthier for my family” as secondary reasons for canning or preserving food.
Guess what else? Almost half of consumers who are now canning are under age 40, meaning canning is no longer a pastime only for grandmothers. That’s cool! Those in older age groups probably learned it from their parents or relatives, but younger cooks are going to the Internet for directions—52% saidthe Internet is their primary source. We’re got you covered. Check Allrecipes’ canning article for terrific “how-to” info, and our brand-new collection of canning recipes for everything from delicious pickles to jams and jellies shared by our members.  
Here’s more about our community of canning and preserving enthusiasts!  Thank you everyone who contributed your time and information for the survey. Our community is the best!
  • 52% of all consumers learned something about canning or preserving foods from the Internet, but 76% of those aged 46-55 learned from their parents or grandparents; for those aged 56 and older, cookbooks and magazines were their primary information source.
  • For those canning more food this year than last, 45% said “Eating locally matters to me, the same reason for 47% of consumers freezing more food.
  • 60% of those aged 18-24 purchase organic produce for home canning if available, while only 47% to 38% of those aged 25 to 56 and up do.
  • For consumers canning or freezing foods, vegetables are prepared by 29%, fruits and tomato sauce (each) by 21%, jams/jellies/fruit butters by 16%, and pickles by 15%.
  • Close to half of those canning in the East, Southeast, Southwest and Midwest live in suburbs, while in the West, the largest group of canners (32%) lives in cities.Are you new to canning? What’s your favorite thing to can or preserve? Are you having a canning party with friends this summer to celebrate the Canning Across America movement? Tell us about your garden or farmers' market harvest and what you're planning to make.  It's not too soon to think of Christmas presents!
Are you new to canning? What’s your favorite thing to can or preserve? Are you having a canning party with friends to celebrate the Canning Across America movement and share the fun or teach someone how to can? Are you using fruit and veggies from your garden or from the farmers' market harvest? What's your best canning recipe?  
 
 
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Aug. 11, 2009 7:28 pm
My mother canned everything from asparagus to zucchini when I was a child.She even made her own root beer, some was really good!! I don't have the room or inclination( but as I'm sitting here typing this, I wonder) maybe I will look into it. I did make some Fab freezer jam at the beginning of the summer. Thank You for the info and keep doing what you are doing! We love Ya! Patty
 
Aug. 11, 2009 7:39 pm
My family has never canned anything in their lives. I'm the first one to do so because I figured it would be rewarding.
 
Aug. 11, 2009 10:06 pm
I think I need to learn to can in smaller amounts. Last week I canned about 30 pint jars of peach salsa. It took all day...partly due to the fact I have three small boys. However, part of Christmas is taken care of. I just have to figure out the perfect finishing touches. A simple lable and great name for the salsa and of course the perfect fabric top.
 
Aug. 11, 2009 10:32 pm
I guess I factor into the statistic. I'm in my early 50's, live in the West in a city, learned to can from my mother and have a ton of recipes from clippings and my favorite source, The Ball Blue Book. I do have a garden on steroids it seems. I will be canning Tomato sauce, my mothers Morrocan hot tomato sauce, pears, peaches, pickles, peppers. I've already made strawberry jam, raspberry jam, and my next thing is mustard. Like dinnercoach, some Christmas things are taken care of.
 
Aug. 11, 2009 10:49 pm
I taught myself by researching the internet a few years ago after a bumper crop of zucchini >>> Zucchini Bread & Butter Pickle. This year The Man had a bumper crop of peppers >>> Crab Apple and Chilli Jelly. Bumper crop of Peaches >>>> Peach Butter. I enjoy 'putting up' because it allows me to use things that would otherwise be wasted, but also preserve things not readily available in stores.
 
Aug. 12, 2009 5:39 am
I'm a canning newbie - last year was my first attempt, and I made a couple different preserves, apple butter...someting else. I was hoping to do tomatoes this year, as we use a lot of them year round, but my tomato crop is pretty sad this year. So, next on the agenda is pickles - cukes are coming in strong, and something with jalapenos, as I have LOTS of those! And of course, more jams and jellies
 
Aug. 12, 2009 6:27 am
I don't can at all, but last christmas I made the wine jelly and it worked! It was fun. Not sure I would can any thing else, but I can see myself making jelly again.
 
Aug. 12, 2009 9:34 am
I've canned my own salsa for years, but am trying many new things this year. It's not as hard as it looks. I'm still looking for jalapeno rings that would look/taste like the ones they sell in stores. My dad eats them like candy, and I've got jalapenos coming on strong! Happy canning all!
 
Aug. 12, 2009 1:09 pm
I am with Pam on that canning is not as hard as it looks. I tell people that are new to canning that they should relax and have fun with their new adventure in the kitchen! There is no sound like the sound of the jar lids sealing and nothing like seeing your pantry shelves filled with jars of great foods that have all the goodness of summer gardening in them. :)
 
Aug. 12, 2009 4:33 pm
I am a bit above the statistics age-wise, but I did not grow up with canning in our home. When I had a garden, we ate it as fast as it grew. I have been buying in quantity at the Farmers Market and freezing for future use. Canning is not going to happen in my cramped kitchen, although I would like to. Freezing doesn't overwhelm me either. But I love reading about it and one day I just may take the plunge.
 
babywolf23@cox.net 
Aug. 14, 2009 3:56 pm
I have never canned but always wanted to. I guess I just don't know where to start. My tomatoes are going bad because I cant use them fast enough.
 
Jax 
Aug. 14, 2009 4:14 pm
This summer was my first attempt at canning and I consulted my mother and grandmother for their favorite recipes along with allrecipes and pickyourown.org. I bought a pressure cooker and successfully canned pickled beans, bread and butter pickles, salsa, bbq sauce, garden green beans, as well as strawberry and jalapeno jam. Everything turned out great and it was fun to maintain my family tradition of canning. I picked up a dehydrator at goodwill and have been storing dried fruit as well. Happy canning everyone!
 
 
 
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