DENVER (CBS4) – It used to be how a family made sure they had what they needed to last the winter, but nowadays canning is making a comeback.

“It’s been around for 200 years,” Ann Cummiskey, a canning expert, said on the CBS4 Morning News on Sunday. “I just think it’s a trend. Things come in cycles, and it’s back.”

Cummiskey is the owner of the Ace Hardware in Greenwood Village’s Cherry Hills marketplace. She says some people are attributing the growing interest in preserving food to the recent recession.

She also thinks that because more people are growing their own vegetables in gardens there are more people interested in canning those vegetables.

But what are the benefits? Cummiskey said that those preserving their food in cans can closely monitor how much sodium goes in, and they know the freshness level of what goes in the cans.

“Plus you’ve done it yourself. It’s rewarding,” Cummiskey said.

People who are interested in canning need to pay close attention to recipes to assure food safety steps are followed.

FOOD SAFETY LINK: USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning



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