This may seem like a strange topic for a prepper history blog, but where would we be without the glass canning jar and the “tin can”. Where would we be indeed without these two mainstays of food storage. I would venture to say that these are two things that every prepper in the world comes in to contact with on a daily basis. It would be hard to imagine life as a prepper without them.
The glass canning jar first came into use in 1809 when a Frenchman, Nicolas Appert, developed a method of preserving food at the behest of the French Government for use during the Napoleonic Wars. This method has been through many stages of refinement but it still remains one of the mainstays of preserving food and one of the very few that can be safely used by people at home. Even after 200 years it would be hard to have anything better suited for the job that the “canning jar”.
On to the ever present “tin” or metal can that is ever present in our lives today in some form or other. It was first used in 1810 by an Englishman,Peter Durand. Robert Ayars established the first American canning factory in New York City in 1812. The metal can has went through many, many changes over the years that have improved it to what we have today. When it is combined with other methods such as freeze-drying or de-hydrating it is a integral part of any long term food storage program for any preparedness minded person.
I hope this has given you a bit of insight in to the history of two things we use everyday. As always, have a great day, Gary
Date: April 13, 2010