Are you an avid canner? I never thought I would become one, but I have definitely flopped right into that category over the years.
So when you realize that a new year is coming upon us, do you have certain goals that you try to achieve as far as canning goes?
Well, in my home, I definitely do. We depend upon canning for a lot of our food supply throughout the year. I try to avoid the grocery store as much as possible because it saves our family so much money.
But this means that I have to set realistic goals for our family and have a plan in place on how to accomplish them.
So if you are curious how you can set and achieve your canning goals for the year, then you’ll want to tune in because having a plan is half the battle.
Here is how you can set and achieve your canning goals for the year:
Why You Need Canning Goals
I am a very goal-oriented person. I am also a huge planner. I feel like I’m chasing my tail 9 times out of 10 anyway.
So if I didn’t plan and set goals, then I’d really get nothing done. This is why I set goals with my canning. I like to know exactly what my family needs, how I plan on meeting that need, and reassess my overall goals as far as feeding my family.
Obviously, things can change from year to year. You could have the intention of avoiding the grocery store all together one year. Then the next, be in a totally different season where you feel like you can avoid the convenience of the grocery store a little easier, but you have a lot less time for canning.
So things just kind of ebb and flow which is why you need to take time to evaluate the season you are in and see if your canning goals still match that season.
But once you know how much food your family needs, how you plan on fitting in that amount of canning, and where the food will come from then you are officially ready to tackle the task at hand. That is why setting canning goals are so important in my household.
How to Set Canning Goals
How to Reach Your Goals
Once you have that magic number in your head that you need in order to make sure that your family is taken care of for the year, and you know where the food is going to come from, you’ll need to figure out how you are going to make all of this happen.
And yes, it is important to have a plan in place prior to actually jumping in.
For me every year, I’ll figure out how many jars I need to fill.
Then I go over all of the food I hope to can that year. This will include preserves, vegetables, fruits, meats, and convenience meals.
Next, I’ll figure out how many jars of each I want to can. Then I figure out where the food for each category is coming from.
Now, there are some items I do not grow because I can purchase it around me cheaper than I can grow it. For those items, I’ll mark what time of year they come in so I’ll remember to go pick them up for canning.
Then I’ll fill out a calendar of what months I’m going to be super busy canning and what months will be slower.
For me, busy months include July and August because of a large harvest of fruits and vegetables. Then I get busy again in October through December because of a fall garden and deer season.
So what does all of this mean? This means that I have to make plans on how to handle life during canning seasons. We homeschool so I school year-round to make sure that my kids can finish an entire curriculum even when I’m canning.
Because during canning times, we’ll often take a break from regular book curriculum, and I’ll sign them up for different learning activities done online, and we’ll do lots of reading during those times too. My kids end up going to school for about 265 days a year, but they learn a lot and we are able to provide for our family’s needs at the same time.
So I’m sure you have different challenges you have to work around in order to can. It may be a day job, school, homeschool, or any number of other things. You’ll have to take the time to figure out how to work canning around those other items that you must do in life as well. That is why it’s so great to get a plan for your canning before it is sitting on your kitchen floor.
My Canning Goals Most Years
I wanted to give you a little idea of what my typical canning year looks like. I try to hit the 1,000 jar mark. Some years I go over and some I stay under.
This past year I had a lot of food left over from the year before so I didn’t have to can as much. My layout for this year was:
- 200 jars of crushed tomatoes
- 200 jars of green beans
- 100 jars of corn
- 50 jars of pickled jalapenos
- 100 jars of soup
- 100 jars of meat
- 50 pints of jam or jelly
- 50 quarts of fruit
- 50 quarts of miscellaneous items
I was grateful to have a little break this year since we had just moved when canning season hit, but I’ll be back at it again next year.
So I hope that this has given you some sort of idea on how to set and achieve your own canning goals this year.
But I’m curious, do you set canning goals every year or do you just can as it comes?
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