It may seem like a lost art, but canning is a fast, simple and safe way to turn even small amounts of excess bounty into delicious treats or gifts. For jam making, we heartily recommend the use of Pomona’s Universal Pectin and the Pomona web site. It’s loaded with great information, pointers and recipes. Pomona’s Universal Pectin is designed for use in lower-sugar recipes, such as the ones we use in the kitchen at Agriberry Farm.
For canning, there is a tremendous amount of information available on the internet, but the Ball Home Canning site is a great place to start. If you are tackling a large scale canning effort, don’t forget to explore the opportunity to use the Hanover Cannery, which is open to residents and non-residents alike.
Another tremendous source of information about food preservation of all types is the Virginia Cooperative Extension program. Here’s a link to their list of Food Preservation guides and reference materials, and if those don’t answer your questions, there are also local and statewide experts to help.
We will continue adding to these resources, and welcome your recommendations.