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[Tomato Dirt #243] Gifts for Gardeners, Part 2: Canners and Dehydrators
November 18, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 24

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Canners and Dehydrators Make Great Gifts

Bath canner or pressure canner? Enamel or aluminum? Find out what to look for in a kitchen canners and dehydrators

Canners and dehydrators make great gifts.

Plus, if you’re looking for other gift ideas for gardeners or if you want to make a list for Santa, check out other handy kitchen gear like scales, drying racks, pickling crocks, tomato presses, kitchen snips … even cheese making kits and other DIY kits from our good friends at Garden Supply.

They’ve also got plenty of tutorials you can use to DIY dried flowers … storing apples … making pepper jelly or tomato chutney or your own Bloody Mary mix.

Browse the dozens of different check out the kitchen and gardening gadgets offered to Tomato Dirt readers from our friends at Gardener’s Supply. Have fun!

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FEATURE: Gifts for Gardeners, Part 2 – How to Choose a Food Canner or Dehydrator

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Canning and drying are both an excellent way to preserve tomatoes and other garden produce.

If you or someone you know likes fresh tomatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables, then a canner or a dehydrator is a great gift. Both canners and dehydrators come at a range of price points and with different features.

Which should you choose? Here’s the dirt.

  • Food canners. There are two types of tomato canners most commonly used in processing tomatoes from the home garden: pressure canner and boiling water bath canner (also called hot water bath canners). There are advantages to each. Food canners explained here.

  • Food dehydrators. A food dehydrator is a device used to dry foods. There are three kinds of food dehydrators: solar-powered, home-food dehydrators, and commercial dehydrators. Home and commercial dehydrators are both electrical. All three kinds operate on the same principle: they remove water from food. But all three have advantages. Food dehydrators explained here.

Check out FAQs for canning tomatoes and FAQs for drying tomatoes

… and get more fun ideas on our Tomato Dirt Pinterest Board.

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

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Check out Ryan’s Shed Plans here.

More about Canners and Dehydrators

Canning Tomatoes: a PrimerHow to Choose a Hot Water Bath Canner for TomatoesCanning Supplies You Need for Canning Tomatoes Drying Tomatoes: the Basics

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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