Conversations in class last week about how much you can learn from Tik Tok finally got me curious enough to create an account and officially dive into the world of Tik Tok.
I started with some basic searches… “canning”, “canning for beginners”, “canning and preserving”. These searches were enough to take me down the rabbit hole and I discovered a whole other world of canning I had not seen from the blogs I had been exploring.
From diving into Tik Tok I found myself immersed in an entirely different “canning” community. There were a lot of people who do a lot of canning for a variety of reasons. Some of them including:
-cost: when an item is on sale they will purchase in bulk and then can to preserve them. I found one video of someone canning butter, it was confusing to me but from reading the comments found that the reason for this was you can purchase butter when on sale and it has a very long shelf life when preserved properly. Another reason was people who live where there may not always be electricity.
-growing their own food: they grow their own vegetables or other things in their garden, then can because they have an abundance
-carbon footprint: many people talked about how making and preserving your own food is much better for the environment and reduces your carbon footprint
-health reasons: canning your own food means you can control what goes into your food, this way you avoid unwanted additives or preservatives found in the grocery store
This was a really interesting learning experience for me. I learned a lot about the benefits of canning and was exposed to different viewpoints. I must admit I was a skeptic about TikTok, but just this one experience allowed me to see the benefits.