Pull out all those recipes, read over them and make sure you have the ingredients on hand. Trust me, this is important. You don't want to get your spaghetti sauce nearly done and realize you're out of tomato paste. Been there, done that.
There are some items that I already know I will use a ton of throughout canning season. Tomato paste, vinegar, salt, sugar and ketchup are my must-haves for canning season. Your basics might also include pectin and bottled lemon juice.
Stocking up also means you must sort out your recipes first and decide what you're canning. So before you begin, search out recipes in your favorite cookbook or look on Pinterest. Here is a link to my Pinterest board all about canning
. There are so many amazing canning recipes there!
Check through your spices, too, and make sure you’re good for italian seasonings, cinnamon, pickling spice, or whatever spices you know will be used. I highly recommend buying your spices in bulk. Fresh spices mean tastier preserves!
5. Invite Your Girls Over
An important part of this process is not overwhelming yourself. And if this is your first time canning, trust me, you'll want all the help you can get. Especially if it's someone who has canned prior. Plus it's just more fun to do this kind of work with another person. Chatting and laughing make the day go faster!
And there you have it. You're all ready for a fun-filled day of canning. And listening for that ping ping coming from your kitchen later in the day.