Monday, February 6, 2012

Canning club?

I just wanted o throw this idea out there and get some feedback. I know someone out there has done something similiar or a variation of this and has some good ideas.

My friend and I are starting a "canning club". My father in law has an amazing set up at his place that has a Health Department approved kitchen ( complete with 3 bin sinks, cooler, etc.) He uses this for his own personal canning, meat procurement etc. and my husband and I have used it many times also. There is an oven, stove, commercial dehydrator, meat grinder, and much more stuff in there.

So my friend and I want to start a monthly meeting time when we go over there and do something "homesteading-ey". Since we won't have any produce in February, we thought about doing soap ( which she is great at already) and perhaps laundry detergent . Once our gardens start producing we thought we would do bluberries, strawberries, plums, muscadines, peaches, pears, and then all the veggies from the garden.

I already can a ton of stuff but thought the idea of a monthly little club complete with snack food, good bluegrass on the radio and fellowship would make it even better. Plus 2 sets of hands are better than one.

We also thought that on months that not too much was going on we could do lots of baking and maybe make some freezer meals.

She also is very skilled at crocheting and knitting so I'm hoping some of that talent can be transferred to me..

So what do you think?? Anyone do something like this already? Any ideas, thoughts or suggestions? Can't wait to hear what you all think!


  1. This sounds like a great idea! Not only will you get more done with 2 hands, but you'll probably learn a lot from one another. Any thoughts on inviting more people to your club?

  2. @ Carrie: Yes we have thought about a few other people we would like to invite. We would love to have this great network of like minded people to share this with. I certainly agree that many hands make light work!

  3. My first time here but I think a canning club is a wonderful idea! I usually can by myself, cause no one else likes to!

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  5. Wow I really wish I had something like that available to me!! Sounds like a wonderful idea!

  6. Sounds absolutly wonderful!! Getting together with like-minded people and fellowshipping. Wish there was something here like that.

  7. @ Alla, make one yourself. If you don't have a large building, use your kitchen. You can start with something small, maybe one person and see how far that takes you. And you are right, the fellowship is just as fun as the actual fruits of our labor!

  8. Love, love, love the idea. I am a die hard canner.


  9. I am interested in starting a canning club. Do you have any website/blog/book suggestions on how?
    Thank you

    1. Have you seen my post on my first canning club meeting? You can find it I will email you also. Thanks for stopping by!