Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: liveaboard/ cruiser
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Re: Canning Your Food
In the 90's on a small boat without a refrigerator, we canned a variety of foods before setting off for a year of cruising. At that time we chose to can because we didn't like commercial canned goods. Also being a vegetarian, I was concerned about food additives. In the end we found some of our canned foods to be really useful and others not so.
So much is readily available everywhere these days and we rarely use canned foods anyhow. We tend to stock more dry provisions like rice, other grains and lentils.
With so many boats relying on refrigeration today, the art of canning tends to get lost. And there also is the issue of storing the canning jars. If I was to can again another time, I would can local foods that wouldn't be available down the line... like fruit jams, salsas or chutneys. I also think home canned meats would be a thousand times tastier than commercial products.