Preparedness Skills: Canning and Preserving Series

August 2, 2012 | 71 comment(s)

Have you started your emergency preparedness efforts and realized that you need some additional skills to be as well-prepared as you want to be?

Emergency Essentials’ Preparedness Skills series will walk you through some of the basic skills you can develop to maximize your preparedness.

This month we’re talking about Canning and Preserving your own foods at home. This is a great skill to have if you’re interested in emergency preparedness—preparing your own foods can save you money and ensure that you have exactly the items you want in your storage.

Throughout the month we’ll talk about the following methods of preserving your foods at home:

-Jamming and Jellying (okay, I know those aren’t words… we’ll talk about making jams and jellies)

Do you already use one or more of these methods? What are your tips?

If you’re new to preserving food at home, what do you want to learn?

Canning Set Giveaway

Update Aug 8, 2012: (This Giveaway is now CLOSED and a winner has been chosen.)

To kick off our month-long series on preserving foods, we’re giving away a 24-Quart Stainless Steel Canner with a 5-Piece Canning Set.

Check out our photo on Facebook, and tell usin the photo’s comment section on Facebook what you think the most important prepping skill is.

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for the first post in the Canning and Preserving series—we’ll have lots of great information for you about at-home canning basics.

Don't have Facebook? Enter below!
Update Aug 8, 2012: (This Giveaway is now CLOSED and a winner has been chosen.)

All giveaway entries will be verified. We welcome emails and entries from everyone; however, free shipping of the Weekly Wednesday Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased - whichever you prefer.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.

Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.

The winner will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.

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  • JMD  |  August 2, 2012

    Gosh, I would love to win this but I do not do facebook. I have been buying extra canned goods, flour, sugar, salt, etc.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    JDM - I agree. I don't go along with more governement info gathering spots than I have to. I am hoping to learn to can myself. I have some vinegar, salt and even a few jars bought from a yard sale but I could really use this....but alas I refuse to do Facebook. Oh well. :-(

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    Count me in with the comments above. I ditched Facebook a few years ago and am NOT going back. Sadly, so many companies make it a requirement to win or even enter things.

  • Unknown  |  August 2, 2012

    me too. i agree. too bad, i could luse this set.

  • mbolton4  |  August 2, 2012

    Non-Facebook user agrees. Difficult to worry about security when all your business is plastered all over the internet. I entered the email contests in the past. I would love to win the canning set but I won't do Facebook just to get some free stuff.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I wholeheartedly agree with the no Facebook comments. It seems there's a bunch of us who aren't into "social" networks like Facebook so we are excluded from give-a-ways and contests. I refuse to do Facebook as Facebook "owns" everything you post, including photos and I guard my privacy. I've never joined and never will. There is something empty about calculating all your "friends" and thinking that translates to relationships. I guess none of us anti-Facebook shoppers qualify for this contest. Oh well.

  • Ted  |  August 2, 2012

    Another vote for I don't use Facebook, but I do order from EE........NO FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    maybe if we organized a class action suit to be included in to this and any future contests the EE folks would recognise we are customers too. it is insulting to be treated as lower class people because we value privacy.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I have been canning pork,deer,hamburger meat and different kinds of meat.My husband and i have put up over one thousand jars of jellies and jams.We try to prepare enough for our extended families too.We have also been stocking up on extra coffee,and water and all differnt things we would need in case of an emergancy....i would love the canning set so i could put more food up....

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I do not and will not participate in Face Book. Many advertisers waste their advertising investment by asking me to "like them" or do something else stupid on Face Book. Nor do I buy from goofy advertiser's using the Zombi B.S. I am a customer of Emergency Essentials not because of Face Book or any such thing. I suspect that most "Preppers" are more down-to-earth types who deal with and prepare for the realities of what lies ahead in this God forsaken country ruled by a new American Aristocracy and an Islamic dictator.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    You know that you are being tracked by big bro just for being on this site, don't you?! I don't do facebk either. EE needs to make another way for us non FB users to enter contests. Or maybe our money is not good enough!

  • Ralph M.  |  August 2, 2012

    I got off Facebook over a year ago, after all kinds of viruses were being placed to the point they could hack your account.<br />They place all kinds of immoral stuff. I can only imagine they didn&#39;t like my posts on standing up for Christianity.<br />Never have canned any thing, but an older gentleman at church makes jams he passes out as Christmas gifts.<br />Maybe they&#39;ll add this site, other than just Facebook, if more leave comments on asking them to do so.<br />If you don&#39;t ask, you never know.<br />God Bless

  • bwz911  |  August 2, 2012

    This is like too many sites that require you to use or &quot;like&quot; them on facebook ... I have avoided facebook and plan to continue

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I like all of you would like to have this set but, I have problems with facebook also. Just deleted my account with them...just so you know you can pick up most of the equipment at yard sales and if you watch local sales you can pick it up inexpensivley. Also check Craigs list in your daughter just picked up 12 dozen ball and kerr quarts for $10.00.<br />I checkd them out and they are all useable! Just a few ideas for all that are interested.

  • Joseph Green  |  August 2, 2012

    The most important prepper skill is self defense. A lot of people know that the Mormons practice food storage and their intention is when they get hungry, just go kill a Mormon and take their food. Weapons, ammo and skill with them will be critical for survival. Storage is worthless if you can&#39;t defend it.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I also don&#39;t do facebook. Maybe you could have facebook people come to your website, then everyone could partake in your contest on your website!

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I agree I am not a facebooker either, must be some other way to enter! Here ! Here! on the self defense !!

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    Ditto on all the above comments. I don&#39;t believe or will ever be a facebook fan. We are customers just like your facebook fans. Maybe if we all pulled out as customers you would treat us equally. There are other companies out there providing the same products.

  • FORDFAN  |  August 2, 2012

    will no longer buy from this company since it is all about facebook<br />there are outher companies out there to buy your stuff from,<br />:(

  • RecycleCindy  |  August 2, 2012

    I don&#39;t want to use Facebook. Why is it a requirement for a giveaway. We should be able to enter as I&#39;d love to win a canner like that. :(

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    Wish you could do a contest without using Twitter or Facebook. Don&#39;t have enough time or interest in either. Would love to participate in your contest because we enjoy your products. Hope you can make some changes for the next contest.<br />Thanks.<br />GNG

  • WhisperDeCorvo  |  August 2, 2012

    Fingers are crossed! I am branching out into more and more canning. I just made my first pickled okra and I am working on a spiced plum butter tonight :D

  • deviltaz  |  August 2, 2012

    I know many people do not want their private info on facebook, but you could have a facebook account just for give-aways and contests. You can even exclude photos of yourself, friends and family and limit your info to just the basics such as name and address, things that would be required for a give-away or contest anyway. There are ways to limit what you put on facebook and how you use it. :)

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I have never done Facebook or any other social network billboard to anyone and everyone.<br /><br />I sure wish they would allow other entry methods.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    Hello all you NON-FACEBOOKERS...<br />I too have contacted Emergency Essentials about those of us that will not joine the social networks being discriminated against in these give aways... I have noticed however they are perfectly glad to take my money every time I order.. <br />But apparently we are still considered of no value to EE since we don&#39;t plaster all of our business all over the internet...<br />Hang in there girls and guys, we are just as important as the not to bright folks that LOVE to build a file on themselves with the government... Kate in Idaho

  • camotim  |  August 2, 2012

    that pressure cooker will also work as an autoclave if one needs to sterilize instruments such as medical ones

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I for one agree with most of all the post I never do facebook any other social network...

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    Not a facebook user. Never have been. Never will be. <br /><br />I see I am in great company here.

  • Leave Your Comment  |  August 2, 2012

    None of the blue site here either, that&#39;s another vote NO, for that site...While the feedback on here may not be overwhelming as that on the blue site, these are your email reply customers coming directly here for business, information, and the occasional contest...

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I agree with others, I used to have a facebook account...but cancelled it. Why not let your customers all in on the giveaways, seems only fair.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I agree. I resent being left out of a give away because I refuse to be part of Facebook.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    The issue with Facebook and privacy is bigger than just having your profile information publicized. That is easily solved by placing minimal information on the site and making settings private. But, Facebook tracks one&#39;s entire browsing habits, even when you are not on the Facebook site, and sells that information to advertisers. <i>Every site accessed from your IP address is being logged (and that info is being sold to other parties), if you have a Facebook account.</i>

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    We do not do Facebook anymore and are looking at at other suppliers than EE for our yearly supplies. I agree with the other posts.My wife told me that other suppliers were a lot lower in price for the same items.WE may be able to save more than the cost of a pressure cooker.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    We refuse to do Facebook or any social website as well. Being in IT I know exactly what happens to data gathered by these sites and exactly how it is used...PASS.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I would not enter just for this canning set. If you are going to do canning get the canning pressure cooker so you can do meats & vegtibles this requires 240Degrees which you cannot obtain with this set you can purchase a canning set at ace harware for under a 100.00 dollars and alot of accessorys to.

  • Safetydude  |  August 2, 2012

    ...had me up until the FB requirement. But I will share what I truly believe is the most important prepping skill is. It&#39;s not accumulating a tractor trailer load of freeze dried;s not an arsenal rivaling the local NG;s not a fortified bunker carved out of bedrock deep in the;s a PLAN. Not one you carry around in your head, but a written plan that you and your family/friends have designed around your geographical location, lifestyle, potential threats/scenarios, and your own personal situation. Having a written plan (which has been tested to the extent feasible during a NON-SHTF condition to work out the bugs and errors) allows you to make adjustments for current situations and issues. More importantly, it allows someone ELSE in your family or group to take charge and manage the situation if you or your group leader is unable to function due to injury or absence. What good are tons of cached supplies to your group if YOU&#39;RE the only one who knows where they are located, and you aren&#39;t available (or able) to locate and harvest them?<br /><br />I see countless posts on the boards that have all these grandiose ideas about SHTF scenarios, but without a written plan (and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE), many of the mall Rambos will find themselves on the short end of the stick, even though they THOUGHT they were prepared. <br /><br />Get your core group (whether it be family, friends, or whatever) and have a skull session or twelve about who will be involved, communication between group members, specific personal issues (illnesses, elderly, children, etc.) and alternative plans (since, as the military is SO aware, NO plan goes unchanged after the first five minutes). Once you have a basic outline of what you THINK you&#39;ll need, TEST IT! Practicing your plan NOW will help you work out any hiccups or problems BEFORE time is critical and you find out that the things you&#39;ve gathered and the ideas you&#39;ve conceived just won&#39;t work.<br /><br />Good luck to all who read this, and let&#39;s all pray to our God that we never HAVE to use our plans...

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I am on FB and would love to know how to get off it as it seems everyone knows everything about you. Plus everyone wants to &quot;friend&quot; you. What happened to the old fashioned e-mail, phone, or whatever? Also, if you have to be on FB to enter this contest, forget it, don&#39;t want the world to know I&#39;m preparing anything.

  • Anonymous  |  August 2, 2012

    I do Facebook....but I don&#39;t need all of my &quot;friends&quot; seeing what I am posting. Also when I did go to post...a box came up immediately to report the photo....I&#39;ve never had that happen before....hmmmmmmm....anyway...adaptability and flexibility are the most important skills....adapting to an ever changing environment may be key.....

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    I do not do facebook either. However the picture of the prize is not a pressure canner it is just a 24 quart pot used as a water bath canning pot. (Cover jars with water and boil.) I have just about all canning supplies but would like to replace my aluminum water bath canner with a stainless steel one. So my tip is to cover your counter/table with a towel to protect the surface and the hot jars from temperature changes and spills, use a damp cloth to clean the jar rims each time prior to putting on the lids to ensure a clean seal, and have everything set up and ready for filling the jars before you begin cooking. But since I can not enter the contest, I will remain anonymous. So sad!

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    Won`t do this on FB...moving on to other sites

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    I&#39;m not a big fan of FB contests either, so I don&#39;t enter them. FB is an easy, FREE way for companies to advertise and conduct market research, so expect to see more and more companies jump on the bandwagon. <br /><br />If you don&#39;t like FB or don&#39;t want to give out your contact info, don&#39;t enter the contests. It&#39;s as simple as that.

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    At some point companies who are seeking the &quot;self-suficcient&quot; are going to have to work a little harder to keep us: we generally don&#39;t Facebook or Tweet, etc. but could be even better customers if you attempted to court us more

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    I&#39;ll throw my comment in to: Who in their right mind would deal with a company on face book. I&#39;ll be deleting you from my favorites and marking you as a phising scam.

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    If you think I will advertise what preparedness I am doing & see it on FaceBook.....Good Luck...Sorry I cant participate

  • Janiel  |  August 3, 2012

    I agree with a lot of these comments.... I do not use facebook but would love to enter some other way.

  • Mike B.  |  August 3, 2012

    I agree with the No facebook sentiment. I buy from EE and do not use facbebook, twitter, etc...<br />but would like to be included in the giveaways! My wife & I are in the &quot;doing our homework&quot; phase of learning how to can/jar.

  • Kevin C in Florida  |  August 3, 2012

    The Facebook comments leave me wondering why Emergency Essentials does not automatically enter you when you order something over a set amount and use the FB for people that are not buying and just looking for prizes. This way they can reward loyal customers and still collect info off the internet.

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    I think sweepstake giveaways should be open to all who want to enter, it is only fair. You should be able to enter a variety of ways not just one. I refuse to be forced to use one means of communication to enter any contest or order products etc.

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012


  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012 see what&#39;s really going on in our world tell others.I&#39;m with others no Facebook can&#39;t win but I spend a lot of $ here. O well

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    I know how you guys feel. I have suffered through two Identy theft issues due to facebook. Donot want another even though I could use the canner. The one I have is older than sin. It belonged to my great grandmother and is wearing thin in areas, just like her pressure canner that just holds 4 quart jars. I would say the most important first step in beeing prepared is th learn what you need to know before you start. If you do not know how to can properly take the time and read and learn first before you try it. You will save your self time, money and your families health. It is the most vaulable thing you can do.

  • Emergency Essentials  |  August 3, 2012

    Hi, all! Looks like we&#39;ve got quite the customer base here who prefer not to use Facebook. That&#39;s important feedback for us, especially considering the number of you that are all &quot;in the same boat,&quot; so to speak.<br />Please be aware that not all our contests are restricted to Facebook--we want to use all possible channels of communication with our customers to share our products, information, and (with this giveaway) launch blog series or other information we think will be valuable.<br />We think Facebook is a valuable tool for sharing information with current customers, and a way to get the prepping message out to new customers who might not know much about preparedness.<br />That being said, I&#39;m committed to creating giveaways and contests that can include all of our customers, so please know that your feedback is being heard and considered. Keep your eyes peeled for another giveaway--hopefully one you&#39;ll all want to enter--coming next week.<br /><br />Thanks to all who offered constructive feedback. And keep prepping! --Sarah

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012 or your company just don&#39;t get it! Preppers are never going to join a site like Facebook because...THEY ARE PREPPERS. I too am not a member of facebook. I also was a customer of your company, but because of past &#39;must be on facebook&#39; and present giv-a-ways that I couldn&#39;t particapate in, I must repcectfully take my business elsewhere where they respect a loyal customer.

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    Wow - I had no idea so many preppers want nothing to do with FB. I haven&#39;t seemed to have a problem (that I know of) with FB but your posts have got me started thinking. Identity theft issues, private info issues - jeeze, maybe I need to rethink whether I should stay on FB or not. Thanks for enlightening me. I&#39;ll need to give this some serious thought.

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    AS IF we want everyone knowing we are preparing! I think someone in marketing might need to research their customer base. I think someone in management might need to research their marketing department. DOH!

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    Wow... people here can be kind of paranoid! I still use facebook. It actually makes you seem more normal, less suspicious. People also seem ignorant to how computer viruses and other things work. But anyway, I&#39;m glad to be using facebook, twitter and other ways to enter. Thank you Emergency Essentials! The only issue I see with Facebook is the lack of anonymity, but the creator&#39;s intent to was to get rid of that in the first place. He believed people shouldn&#39;t be hiding being screennames and should be accountable for their actions online. Can&#39;t really blame him for making his product work exactly the way he wants it to!<br /><br />Beyond that, I really hope to get this canning set. I&#39;ve asked my grandma tons of advice since she has been canning for years, but I don&#39;t have the tools yet to begin myself. I would love the chance to begin learning that skill!

  • Anonymous  |  August 3, 2012

    I just posted but have more to add. I WANT people to know I&#39;m preparing. Not an OMG END OF THE WORLD kind of way, but I want all my friends, family, and coworkers to prepare themselves! I&#39;m actually seeking a degree in Emergency Management because people should have enough skills to take care of themselves if they lose access to food, water, and electricity. We should not have families freezing to death in their homes after a snow storm. We should not have a family starving to death because they did not put away some food. I tell all my friends on facebook to enter Emergency Essentials contests and talk to them directly and indirectly in hopes they&#39;ll wisen up!

  • Anonymous  |  August 4, 2012

    Alas, also NO Fakebook...

  • Anonymous  |  August 4, 2012


  • Anonymous  |  August 4, 2012

    EE NEEDS to recognize that not everyone wants to do FaceBook and accept that fact. I don&#39;t and won&#39;t. YOU need to respect OUR desire for personal privacy and not treat us as less than viable PAYING customers. <br />READ your submitted comments like this one - How many of us non-FB customers are being short-changed by the FB requirement?

  • Anonymous  |  August 4, 2012

    i wonder if all these anonymous comments are by 1 person????!!!

  • Anonymous  |  August 4, 2012

    No, they are not by one person, because this is my second post. I am not a paranoid prepper, I just don&#39;t like posting all my business out there for ALL the world to see. And if EE doesn&#39;t like that, then maybe they don&#39;t need my business. I did not like the comment &quot;Sarah&quot; wrote, as I felt they &#39;EE&#39; are saying is a paying customer is not as important as a potential paying customer.

  • Anonymous  |  August 4, 2012

    this is so sad that we can not enter the contests but like the rest of you, I will not go back to Facebook. I value my privacy too much. Why should the world know what I store and how I do it

  • Joseph Anderson  |  August 5, 2012

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  • Ralph M.  |  August 5, 2012

    I&#39;m not sure, how many have read that EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS DID REPLY TO ALL OUR CONCERNS!<br />They also stated they are listening to our now, the ball, so to speak, is in their court.<br />God Bless.

  • Anonymous  |  August 5, 2012

    I do have a Facebook account but don&#39;t use them. The reason is that I agree with all of the comments. <br /><br />About canning, it&#39;s fun to. If you are able to get things you want to can cheap of even free, that is the way to go!

  • Emergency Essentials  |  August 6, 2012

    All,<br />Thanks again for all your feedback. Like I said before, that feedback is important to us.<br /><br />We have added an entry form on this blog post for the canning set giveaway--so those of you who prefer not to use Facebook can now enter.<br /><br />I hope this helps address some of your concerns for this giveaway, and we&#39;ll be sure to keep this in mind for future giveaways.<br /><br />--Sarah

  • Donna  |  August 6, 2012

    Thank you Sarah! I just did the &quot;by blog&quot; entry. Your listening to your customers is appreciated. I can meats, soups, pickles, veggies, jams, etc. (and dry fruits and veggies too). Thanks for offering the water-bath canner. A pressure canner would be great too! I&#39;m still using mine from the 1970&#39;s I got at Sears for $30.00. I just test the gauge every year (free at your local extention service) and replace rings and pressure relief valves as needed. Donna in NH

  • KeikoasMom  |  August 7, 2012

    I would love this! Just getting back to canning after many years, I hope I can do it. Many tips on FB are very helpful!<br /> By the way, FB is free and easy to start out on, you guys should try it! I only go on a few times a month, my friends made me do it, lol!

  • Emergency Essentials  |  August 8, 2012

    Beth and Dennis Shaw won the canning set giveaway! Congratulations! --Sarah

  • Anonymous  |  August 9, 2012

    Are you ALL MORONS? 9 out of 10 companies use facebook giveaways etc, so good luck finding another emergency site that DOESN&#39;T use it. I&#39;ve been to around 20 different ones in the past 2 years when I was researching, they ALL do facebook giveaways etc. So don&#39;t WHINE. If you don&#39;t like it don&#39;t use it. As far as the company goes, if they didn&#39;t care about people, they wouldn&#39;t post it. It&#39;s called get with the times. The people that complained about virus&#39;s and identify theft, that&#39;s your fault because you are backwards thinking. If you took the time to LEARN how you get them etc, you&#39;d know 9.9 out of 10 times its your fault, not facebook or anyone elses. Get a GRIP! The company is great, and it&#39;s better that they utilize all avenues of communication etc then get left behind and get eaten up by another company that&#39;s bigger and better, but guess what!? uses facebook! Stop being so backwards and learn before downing something. Offer them a creative way for next time, don&#39;t down them for it, their human, people make mistakes. Doesn&#39;t mean point it out at them, offer to help them in a better way. GOD! Some people!!!

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