Canning vs. Freezing

Eco-friendliness and environmental awareness are especially important at the moment. With global warming becoming an issue and scarcity of resources becoming a concern, it’s no wonder that more people than ever before are wondering about what they can change in their lives to make a difference and to improve the world for the next generation.

While for some people that may mean something relatively small such as switching to low energy light bulbs, installing solar panels or conserving water during showers, we have decided to try something a lot more radical.

As you know, we are trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by going off-grid. That means that we are living without access to many of the services which many people take for granted such as running water, gas and electricity supplies. When you live off grid it can be difficult to preserve food. If you have no electricity, of course, it’s impossible to run a refrigerator or a freezer, so if you want to keep foods fresh you need to find a way to prevent food from degrading and deteriorating. One of the best ways to keep foods preserved for an extended period is to can foods, and vegetables lend themselves very well to this preservation method so that they can be enjoyed even when they are no longer in season.

So, which vegetables are best for canning? While some vegetables work very poorly in cans, others are preserved beautifully with this method. Some of the best include:

  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Pickled cucumbers
  • Pickled onions
  • Winter squash

There are a few ways in which foods can be canned. One way is by raw packing, simply pouring boiling water onto them. Another way is to blanch the vegetables before canning.

Why Can Vegetables Instead Of Freezing?

Some vegetables are more suited to canning anyway. Vegetables liked pickled onions will not freeze well at all. Some of the other pros of canning including boosting the shelf life of your vegetables. Some produce is even able to last as long as 5 years when canned, and it is much easier to share your canned food with others without having any worries about thawing during transportation. On the downside, canning a lot of vegetables is a time consuming task and you will need to invest in several tools to ensure you do the job properly.

Top Tips

If you are canning a lot of vegetables you will need a lot of storage space. Cellars are an ideal spot as are basements since they are spacious and cool.

You should plan the vegetables you wish to grow before the spring to ensure you have a good variety to last throughout the year.

Try making pickles using immature cucumbers as these can well.

If you are planning to can a lot of vegetables you may want to invest in a pressure cooker.

Make sure you sterilize everything thoroughly to prevent bacteria from getting into the cans.