Whether it’s to avoid the skyrocketing grocery story prices, prepare for potential economic downturn or avoid the many toxic substances that can now be found in canned goods from conventional grocery stores, people are returning to home canning as a way to take back a bit of control over their food and nutrition.
💡 “Interest in canning started to spike in 2020 when a combination of supply chain disruptions, extra time at home, and unrelenting anxiety got locked-down Americans into DIY food,” says Vox.
Food preservation techniques have been around since practically the dawn of time. However, home canning fell out of fashion in the 50’s as modern appliances became more readily available, and housewives gained more financial stability and decided they didn’t want to spend their time canning. There were a few resurgences in the 70’s counter-culture movement and after the 2008 recession, but canning didn’t really stick in popular culture. Vox
Now, however, thanks to the combination of COVID lockdowns, food prices, and growing concerns about economic and climate stability, people are returning once more to in-home food preservation techniques.
- Some expert home canners have started offering lessons for those who want to learn how to can safely and access a community support group of other canners. News Herald
Will this hurricane of circumstances be the thing that brings home canning back to the mainstream for good?