In a return to our culinary roots, Americans across the country — most notably millennials — are turning to home preserving this summer. Research conducted by ORC International on behalf of the Ball brand canning line determined that nearly half of all millennials (49 percent) are interested in canning this summer. And the primary reason is because they love cooking and canning seems fun (38 percent). This research also found that 68 percent of Americans would rather make their own fresh foods than purchase store bought.
The most popular canning item was pickles. Almost everyone liked pickles (86 percent), especially Baby Boomers (90 percent). Dill has universal appeal, and is favored more than 2 to 1 over any other kind of pickle. Bread & Butter comes in distant second (21 percent), though only 12 percent of millennials pick Bread & Butter as their favorite. Read more here.