Can All You Can

DailyFinance provides one of the best roundups available of coverage of the Great 2009 Canning Craze, and the various reactions to it. Primal? Practical? Precious? Is it possible that canning, something our grandparents and great-grandparents did to cope with all the extra cucumbers and tomatoes, has somehow become something insufferably twee?

Salon thinks so; the Wall Street Journal doesn’t. The DF roundup starts by putting its fingers on the craft’s pulse as trend of the moment, but swings quickly into deeper and more philosophical territory: canning as a personal revolt against Big Food, which is less and less perceived as the safe, delicious, affordable wave of the future.

A brief excerpt from the surprisingly stirring conclusion to the DF story:

“It’s not that I don’t trust corporations. It’s just that I don’t know the corporations. And I know Amy, who sells me tomatoes, and I know that I care whether or not my children are sickened by my food.”

Trendy or not, that makes sense.