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Preparedness Skills: Canning and Preserving Series

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:
-Canning
-Pickling
-Dehydrating

-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.

71 thoughts on “Preparedness Skills: Canning and Preserving Series”

  • JMD

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

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  • Anonymous

    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. :-(

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Unknown

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

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  • mbolton4

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Ted

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

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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....

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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!

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  • Ralph M.

    I got off Facebook over a year ago, after all kinds of viruses were being placed to the point they could hack your account.They place all kinds of immoral stuff. I can only imagine they didn't like my posts on standing up for Christianity.Never have canned any thing, but an older gentleman at church makes jams he passes out as Christmas gifts.Maybe they'll add this site, other than just Facebook, if more leave comments on asking them to do so.If you don't ask, you never know.God Bless

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  • bwz911

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

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  • Anonymous

    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 area...my daughter just picked up 12 dozen ball and kerr quarts for $10.00.I checkd them out and they are all useable! Just a few ideas for all that are interested.

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  • Joseph Green

    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't defend it.

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  • Anonymous

    I also don't do facebook. Maybe you could have facebook people come to your website, then everyone could partake in your contest on your website!

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

    Ditto on all the above comments. I don'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.

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  • FORDFAN

    will no longer buy from this company since it is all about facebookthere are outher companies out there to buy your stuff from,:(

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  • RecycleCindy

    I don't want to use Facebook. Why is it a requirement for a giveaway. We should be able to enter as I'd love to win a canner like that. :(

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  • Anonymous

    Wish you could do a contest without using Twitter or Facebook. Don'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.Thanks.GNG

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  • WhisperDeCorvo

    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

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  • deviltaz

    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. :)

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

    Hello all you NON-FACEBOOKERS...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.. But apparently we are still considered of no value to EE since we don't plaster all of our business all over the internet...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

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  • camotim

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

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Leave Your Comment
    Leave Your Comment August 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    None of the blue site here either, that'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...

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

    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's entire browsing habits, even when you are not on the Facebook site, and sells that information to advertisers. 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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Safetydude

    ...had me up until the FB requirement. But I will share what I truly believe is the most important prepping skill is. It's not accumulating a tractor trailer load of freeze dried food...it's not an arsenal rivaling the local NG armory...it's not a fortified bunker carved out of bedrock deep in the mountains...it'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'RE the only one who knows where they are located, and you aren't available (or able) to locate and harvest them?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. 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'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've gathered and the ideas you've conceived just won't work.Good luck to all who read this, and let's all pray to our God that we never HAVE to use our plans...

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  • Anonymous

    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 "friend" 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't want the world to know I'm preparing anything.

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  • Anonymous

    I do Facebook....but I don't need all of my "friends" seeing what I am posting. Also when I did go to post...a box came up immediately to report the photo....I'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.....

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  • Anonymous

    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!

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

    I'm not a big fan of FB contests either, so I don'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. If you don't like FB or don't want to give out your contact info, don't enter the contests. It's as simple as that.

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  • Anonymous

    At some point companies who are seeking the "self-suficcient" are going to have to work a little harder to keep us: we generally don't Facebook or Tweet, etc. but could be even better customers if you attempted to court us more

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Janiel

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

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  • Mike B.

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

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  • Kevin C in Florida
    Kevin C in Florida August 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    DITTO. NO FACE BOOK. BYE EE

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  • Anonymous

    Infowars.com see what's really going on in our world tell others.I'm with others no Facebook can't win but I spend a lot of $ here. O well

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