August 10, 2011: Hanover County’s Cannery was featured on a recent segment of Virginia Home Grown.
The segment can be viewed here.
There is nothing quite as rewarding as making and serving your own homemade pickles, preserves and relishes. With our busy work schedules, and the convenience of variety of supermarket products, home canning isn’t as necessary as it was 50 years ago. It does take some time and effort to do your own canning, but with a little organization and the right equipment, it’s really easy!
The Hanover County Cannery and Commercial Kitchen can help get you started in canning. Whether you are an experienced canner or just starting out, the Cannery can offer the right equipment and experienced staff to support you. The Cannery is stocked with large stainless steel sinks and work tables; steam jacketed kettles in 30, 40, and 80-gallon sizes; a steam blancher, corn cutter, and juicer-pulper. The Commercial Kitchen is available for those that wish to jar for resale.
What To Expect?
There are a few things you should know when planning a trip to the cannery:
You should come prepared with your food ready to can, (beans snapped, peas shelled, etc.).
Be sure to bring your canning supplies such as jars, lids and seals, paring knives, dish cloths and towels. Plus any added ingredients to the canned goods.
Be sure to bring enough help. Cannery staff is there to answer questions and assist in the canning process but cannot can for you.
Have adequate time to can. Be sure to check Cannery hours and processing times. The average processing time from start to finish is about five hours (includes cooking time).
For processes taking longer than five hours, special arrangements must be made with the Cannery Supervisor and processes must begin at the start of business for the Cannery.
No less than one bushel of produce will be processed unless others are canning the same thing at the same time.
The Cannery is conveniently nestled between Route 301 and I95 off of Rt. 54 in Hanover County on Taylor Complex Road, (12491 Taylor Complex Road).
Check out the Cannery Frequently Asked Questions!