Food preservation is a very important part of our life! As a family, we have been canning for over 30 years, but not until the last four years have we made it “a way of life!” In 2010, Aquaponics and Earth had a bumper crop with over 50,000 peppers, tomatoes, squash, onions and more! We bought an All-American Canner and canned like crazy! Since then we have bought another, because we loved it so much. We enjoyed the canned Tilapia fish, tomatoes, peppers and even potatoes so much that we began to give classes on canning! The response has been incredible; people everywhere want to learn about food preservation!
On a recent trip to Mexico, I was talking to a leader of a children’s home that sometimes struggles feeding all the kids. I asked, “Do you ever get large quantities of items such as potatoes, peaches, beans, or anything else and can’t use it all?” The answer was, YES! I proceeded to tell the kind lady, “You must learn to can and you will never have a shortage.” Neither will you! Buy turkeys when they are on sale, as they can be canned very well. When something goes on sale bring it home and can it, you will be happy you did.
My wife Teresa and I run two non-profits. Many times we don’t have time to cook a meal, but we know the benefits of farm raised, home cooked food. So we go into our pantry that is stocked with canned goods and hey, presto, in less than a half hour we have a real, GOOD meal. We now create canned meals such as stews, turkeys, whole potatoes, and gravies as well as salsas, bean dip, jams, and jellies. I would encourage you to learn this fine art; with practice you can do it! Canned food can last many years and in the days that we are living in, it’s a wise skill to learn!
I hope you enjoy our section of All-American Canners; they are the safest, easiest, most durable products on the market today. There is no messing around with rubber seals that dry out, as these canners will last a lifetime (or two). Any parts that break are replaceable and economical. Above all, you will have the finest canner in the world today!
Yours for sustainability,
President of Aquaponics and Earth Sustainable Living
PS. All proceeds go to our helping orphanages and the less fortunate become self-sustaining free of charge!
Here’s what others are saying about our canning class!
“I enjoyed the comfortable, informed atmosphere. Love the hands-on training. I appreciate that you have a mission and calling… You seem to live what you believe, so you don’t need to talk it to death. This is very inspiring.” – D.S. from our January 14, 2012 canning class
“I loved being a part of the food prep process and of course – eating the fabulous soup!” – C.C. from our March 15, 2012 canning class
“Thank you so much for the class … I got more than I expected from the class and enjoyed the hands on aspect.” – R. S. from our April 5, 2012 canning class
“I enjoyed cooking and learning about canning. I didn’t know that you could can meats, including fish.” – A.A. from our April 5, 2012 canning class
The teachers were pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful, and delivered a wonderful hands-on experience. I am telling all my friends about it. – from a canning class participant on September 18, 2012
The canning class was fun and educational and we enjoyed a good meal. I would also love to have a class with them teaching some of their extremely productive gardening methods and have a tour of their sustainable farm! Then I might be able to grow enough vegetables to can! – from a canning class participant on October 16, 2012
“My favorite part of the class was learning about pressure canners and what may be canned. This helped remove the fear factor for me and helps me know that I can do this!” – A.K. from our April 14, 2012 canning class
“Canning class was hands on and informative. The helpful hints and pace of the instructions helped veteran canners and beginners alike.” – From a canning class participant on November 13, 2012
“I learned so much. The family was friendly and easy to talk to. They were very knowledgeable about their business. I will be going back for a tour of the gardens when the weather is better.” – From a canning class participant on December 15, 2012
“We had a great time. We learned a lot. John, Teresa, Jonathan and Sophie were just so helpful. They made the class fun. You were never lost and they were all there every step of the way. They answered questions and shared what worked for them and why they found it useful. The class in involved with the canning process every step of the way, from chopping up the veggies to the final pop of the jars. After taking this class I am very confident and comfortable with being able to can.” – From a canning class participant on January 26, 2013
“The staff at AESL are excellent and very knowledgeable! Would definitely go to another class if offered.” – From a canning class participant on January 26. 2013
“I thoroughly enjoyed this class; much more than I ever expected. Great instruction and great people. I will go back and take friends and family. Great food and really a wonderful time.” – From a canning class participant on Janury 26, 2013