Canning, a Family Tradition:
Growing up in a family where canning and other food preserving methods have been passed down for quite a few generations now, is humbling in a way. It teaches you to appreciate the earth and what comes from it. It teaches you that when you have plenty you should share with those who do not. And it teaches you that even when the economy is troubled, you can provide for yourself and your family, if you are willing.
Canning isn't as difficult as some people will make it out to be. Especially with some of the more modern conveniences to go along with it. (Prepackaged pickling mixes anyone?) However, it is more difficult than just traipsing into your nearest grocery store, grabbing some cans of veggies and tossing them into the cart.
And while buying canned goods in an option, and something that my family still does from time to time. We feel that knowing where our food came from, what is in it (or more importantly, what isn't in it), and teaching our children the value of hard work in the garden and the kitchen are great things to keep in our lives.
I will always treasure the memories of sitting on the back porch with my grandparents, shelling peas, husking corn, and getting food ready for the winter. We would talk, they would share stories about growing up during the depression and sometimes grandmother would go inside to find a photo that went along with one of grandpa's tales. These are the memories of them that I will cherish all my life. And this is something that I want to pass on to my children and then to their children.