Canning Jump Start Guide by Jenny Gomes: A Review

By Melissa Batai

One of the best ways to save money on groceries and to eat foods at the peak of ripeness is to preserve them. You can freeze them, but if you don’t have much freezer room, canning is the way to go.

I didn’t grow up in a family that regularly canned items, so when I started canning once I had a family, I was completely unsure of what I was doing. If you would like to start canning but you’re like me and have no idea where to start, the Canning Jump Start Guide by Jenny Gomes of the blog, The Domestic Wildflower, can help.

About Canning Jump Start Guide

This guide is 10 pages and gives a list of items you need to begin canning, a comparison between water canning and steam canning, recommendations for how to adjust the canning time based on your elevation, a canning season planner and checklist, and four canning recipes.
At $5, this information will get you started, but it is fairly basic.

The Most Valuable Part of the Book

The most valuable part of the book is that you can get free access to Gomes’ Canning Basics course. The course includes the following topics:
  • Before You Get Started Canning
  • Equipment Video
  • Canning Process Explained
  • Beginner Friendly Canning Recipes
  • Steam Canning Mini Resource Guide
  • Join the Grow Like a Wildflower Facebook Group
  • Canning Basics Pinterest Group Board
The course expands on many of the concepts in the ebook and is a mix of audio and slides. Instead of just four canning recipes in the ebook, the course gives you eight recipes.

What I’d Like to See Added

Most people now are visually oriented, and I’m no different. It would have been very helpful if Gomes’ guide included pictures of the necessary equipment she lists as well as the recipes included in the guide.

Should You Buy This eBook?

If you’re brand new to canning, I would recommend this. The guide by itself can get you started, but the real value is the course, which the ebook gives you free access to. At $5, the ebook is a bit overpriced, in my opinion, but once you add in the free course as well as access to Gomes’ group Facebook and Pinterest accounts, you end up with a pretty good deal.

In addition, when you access the free course, you have the option to sign up for more paid canning courses that Gomes’ offers, but you’re offered a 50% off discount.

If you’re new to canning, you may appreciate the information found in this ebook and the free course. It’s like having your own friend explain how to can.

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