Growing And Canning Your Own Vegetables!

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Growing your vegetables

If you have enough room to grow your own vegetables in your yard, it is something you should try to do. There are several reasons that growing your own vegetables is important. One is the fact that growing your own vegetables is that they have more nutrition then the canned vegetables, then the ones you buy in any store. Another is they taste a lot better. If you have enough room in your yard, take a taste test! This will prove the vegetables you grow in your own yard taste a lot better, then the ones you buy in a can.

There are several ways to keep small animals from eating the vegetables you have in your garden. One of them is to buy a bottle of a product that smells like cat urine. There are several products you can find on different websites, this kind of product is expensive, but I am not sure how effective it is.

Another, if you have a cat, is to take used kitty litter and spread around your garden. Keep it one foot away from the vegetables. It will keep the small animals away, and will not effect the vegetables, because it is too far away from them.

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Preparing Your Vegetables For Canning

This was a good year in Ohio for growing Vegetables. When it came to green beans we weighed them and had over 36 pounds. After that, we stopped weighing them. Ohio had a lot of rain and sun shine, so growing vegetables in Ohio was fantastic this year.

Preparing your vegetables for canning is very important! If you do not prepare your vegetables for canning, they are worthless. No one should eat any vegetable that has not been prepared for canning.

What I do in terms of washing vegetables, is first I take them outside in a large bowl and spray water into the bowl until the water comes out clean. A lot of dirt comes out of the bowl. Sometimes the bowl gets full, if the bowl gets full, dump out the water and spray it out again. Repeat this process until the water that is coming out of the bowl in clean.

After the the water, that comes out of the bowl is clean take the bowl into your house and place it into your sink. And clean your vegetables a second time. Take each vegetable and run water from the sink over it, at the same time run your hands up and down the vegetable. Since we have grown so many beans, running my hands to make sure the beans are clean has become a habit. This is important because spraying beans does not remove all the dirt that is on the beans.

After you have cleaned your vegetables, look at them carefully. Make sure no dirt is left on the vegetable. No one should ever eat a dirty vegetable! It is gross, and really yucky.

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Canning Your Vegetables

Since this hub is about beans, it will focus on the process for the canning importance of canning beans. The author of this hub has canned not only beans, but corn, carrots, peas, carrots, potatoes, stews, soups, and chili. I love to can a lot, not sure why, but it is something that is not only fun but, very good in terms of nutrition.

When it comes to canning beans make sure you use a pressure cooker. This is very important. A pressure cooker will kill of the germs that are on the beans that you can. In fact, a pressure cooker will kill all the germs on any vegetable.

When it comes to canning beans in the pressure cooker, you can put you beans into clean canning jar. You need to use a new canning lid. After that put water into the clean water jar, make sure the water you put into the canning jar covers the beans. You need to have enough water, because the beans need the water in order to be canned properly.

Next, put the beans into the pressure cooker, also make sure that enough water is put into the pressure cooker. The amount of water should cover the canning jars.

When it comes to canning beans, the pressure used for canning beans needs to be ten pounds, and they need to be canned for twenty minutes.

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After Canning

After you beans, or any other vegetables are canned, you can take them out of the pressure cooker. The top of the canning jar, before you can, is sort of curved up. After you have canned the vegetables, the top of the canning jar should pop down. This means that the vegetables you have canned have been canned properly and are safe to eat. If the top of the canning jar ever pops up, do not eat the vegetables inside! The vegetables are no longer safe.

There is a lot you can do with vegetable that have been properly canned, if you have canned a lot of them. You can put on a pretty bow, and give them as a gift, to a friend. Well,if they taste good. You can bring them a to dinner you have been invited to, or just give them to a few friends for no reason at all. You can add then to stew, or soup, or just eat them as a side dish for dinner.

I have been canning for a few years now, for some reason I love to can. Hope you have enjoyed this hub!

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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

I remember my grandmother canning vegetables and fruit. Now that I have a garden, I need to learn how to can, too. I like the idea of being able to use a pressure cooker. That's a new idea for me. Thanks for the tip.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks for your comment MarleneB, I just started canning a few years ago, but I really like it. I hope you do too.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great information Michele and we do them both...grow and can. :)


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks Bill, doing them both is healthy, and kind of fun.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I canned one year when we lived in Michigan. It is such a purposeful and fun activity. Thanks for sharing your information. Hope I get the chance to do it again!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Excellent article here and very useful! I would love to do such. I know a lot of the older generation who would do such, and still some younger generation who learned from their grandparents or parents do it.

Voted up ++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you MsDora, it really if fun. But, what is really nice is eating the vegetables after you can them. ( and the complements)!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much Faith Reaper, and thank you for sharing.

God bless you!


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hi Michele.

Congratulations on your choice to share your great experience in growing and canning your own vegetables. My gues would be the gardening is one of the closesest to heart blessing because of is rewarding you abundantly as well as remanding you of the Creator who cares for us.

In time of past growing and canning used to be a family endeavor , we've learned it before leaving the " nest ." Often I was thinking if every family would like eagerly to do more for themselves and their children, this country has enough land for guardening. Spending time together . Teaching to be productive and useful. Well, in that case even phrase " I love you" would be credible. . . ( this is off subject , but needed to be said)

Accept please my vote up, useful and beautiful.

Be blessed prerous.


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bettybarnesb 3 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hi Michele!

I remember growing -up in the country, we grow our vegetables as well a meats. During the summer we canned fruits and vegetables. Oh how I miss those wonderful days. Very good article.

be blessed...


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment bettybarnesb, I only learned how to do it about three years ago, but it is very good. Canning stew is wonderful because you can eat it in the winter.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Michele, please forgive me for letting go with typo. There isn't such a word " prerous " and I'm not creating one , it meant to be prosperous, as always. Thank you.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Michael I didn't even notice the typo. What matters to me most is the fact that we are brother and sister children of God. That matters to me more then a small typo.

God bless you!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I have just started to become interested in doing this! What a great article!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great article, useful and informative. Canning vegetables as a gift is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.Voted up.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you AudreyHowitt , I just bought a book called Canning for dummies. It is a very good book. I love it, it has helped me a lot.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Vellur,

Thank you so much for your comment. I am not starting to can soups and stews. Going to read other's hubs when it comes to canning. There is a lot I need to learn about canning.


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bettybarnesb 3 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hey Michele - even though you just started, you seem to be an expert! I think that is great.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

bettybarnesb thank you so much! I love it, and just keep want doing it!


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Vegetables grown in your own yard is free of adulteration too.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are so right! No chemicals. And if you can them right after you pick them, they keep all the flavor.

Thank you so much for your comment!

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