Grab your Canning Log here and keep track!
One thing that I have wished I would have done in previous years is keep track of what I preserve for the following year. Canning is different than regular ol’ cooking in that what you preserve is distinctly seasonal (which is why you are going through all the sweaty effort of preserving it) and once you wrap up canning all the tomatoes, you won’t think about canning them for another year. It can be tricky remembering if you liked this marinara recipe or that, or if you liked the way the pectin ratio in this jam recipe set up better than than this one. It also is difficult to recall exactly how many pounds of strawberries one must pick (from such low, low growing little plants) to make a batch of strawberry syrup to yield so many little, little jars.
To help myself and my Dear Readers, I have created (with the help of some awesome Wildflower friends) a canning log PDF that you can print out for FREE as many times as is useful to you to keep track of what you preserve. Jot down the recipe name (and page number if you are so inclined), the pounds of produce you used, the jars it yielded, and scribble reminders in the Notes section, which is the spot of which I’m going to make the most use. I want to remember if I used the really hot peppers to good effect or if that particular recipe was way more effort than I want to repeat next season. For example, for my roasted bell peppers, I’d write, “De-lish. Peeling = Ugh!” When I look back, I’ll remember to do a big batch (because they are so yummy and versatile) and invite a friend to help because they are so miserable to peel (Thanks for coming over, Anna!). I hope you find this log as useful as I do and stay tuned for more pretty, useful tools in the “Resources for Wildflowers” section.
Click to print your pretty helpful Canning Log PDF now and keep track of canning this season!
Happy Canning, Wildflowers! What are you most excited about canning this season? Share in the comment section below!