We cannot imagine how much we rely on computers. They have become our pens, pencils, paper, libraries, address books, primary mail, newspapers, magazines, bill paying method, and I could go on and on. I know because the day after Christmas mine crashed. I have spent the better part of a month piecing back together my life, my work and my contacts. I am nearly complete but who is to know what I have forgotten.
This is a big month for canning, not because the roadside stands are burgeoning with ripe picked produce but because this is the best time to take inventory, decide what equipment one might want to add or replace and then set out to find it at discount. Lots of retailers are still trying to clear last years stock.
If one plans on making a lot of jams and preserves there is no better time than now to order bulk pectin. A single pack of pectin costs on average $1.25 at discount where bulk pectin is closer to $.60. I like Pacific Pectin. They have chemists and scientists available to help the individual canner with any challenges. It is a valuable resource.
Start keeping an eye out for the first shipments of jars into the big discounters like Big Lots. Often stores like these offer canning supplies far less expensively than others, even Walmart.
Make plans, if one had a good canning year last year then you know what got depleted the quickest. Plan now to increase the family’s popular jars and reduce the ones still hanging around in the pantry.
Lastly, there are some new recipes coming on the block soon that will take simple dinners to 5 star dining experiences without ever leaving home. These are featured in my new canning book due on bookstore shelves within the month. Shortly, I will have advance copies available on this site signed and personalized along with personal access to me for guidance in you canning adventures.