There’s a lot of talk today about the safety of
canning at home – something I am sure our ancestors did not fret over.
Because the art of canning food was handed down from generation to generation making it possible for one to understand the art of canning on a much higher level than what many do today.
When Canning At Home Cleanliness Is Important
Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects when it comes to food safety.
Anyone who has ever taken a home economics class can tell you that.
In addition to clean pans, clean lids, clean caps and clean jars, the food must be cleaned too.
Pesticides and other chemicals cling to the skins of vegetables and
fruits such as blueberries.
These must be washed off for safety’s sake.
In addition to making sure all of your utensils are clean, the caps, lids and jars need to be sterilized.
Do not skip over this step, even if you wash everything in a dishwasher.
It only takes a second to dip the caps, lids and jars into the boiling
water to sterilize them – and best of all, it means you do not need to heat the jars up because the sterilization process gives you “hot jars” to put “hot food” into.
Be Sure To Inspect Your Canning Jars
Another important step is proper inspection of the jars.
A tiny chip on the jars rim – one that might not be obvious to the naked eye – is enough to keep the jar from properly sealing.
The best way to take care of these kinds of problems is to carefully run your finger over the top of the clean jar before filling it with food.
If you feel something that doesn’t feel right, do a further inspection to make sure it is not missed food particles or rubber from a previous jar lid that was not removed when the jar was washed.
If it is indeed a crack or chip, dispose of the jar.
There are many recycling centers that accept clean glass jars.
Never Reuse Canning Lids When Canning At Home
Finally, do not reuse the lids.
The lids are the flat parts that seal the jar and contain a rubber ring.
The reason for this is that the lids were manufactured to be used once and once only.
Although the jar may seem ok at first if you use these lids again, later on the seal can break and that will cause your food to spoil.
It is ok to use the caps, which screw down over the top of the jar over and over until they become too rusty to continue to use.
Replace items as needed and you are sure to find some
favorite new food preservation products that make your life easier.
By following these simple safety tips when canning at home, you are sure to have a good experience both during the canning process and for months afterwards as you eat up the bounty you preserved.
More resources and
inspiration can be found at culinary arts degree.org.
The most important part of canning is packing and sterilizing the canning jars properly. Learn how to do this important step the right way.
This ultimate list of home canning recipes are all tested and proven to work. Learn how to preserve the fruits and vegetables you grow in your garden!
Although canning broccoli was once considered safe, times have changed thus freezing, dehydrating or freee drying broccoli is recommended.
When it comes to having quick home cooked meals that just need reheated, this beef stew recipe for canning can't be beat!
Preserving your own food means trying new recipes, such as this red hot apple wedges canning recipe. While it is true, it is a good idea to stick to recipes you know you and your family will eat, it never hurts to branch out a bit.
This Cinnamon Chocolate Mint Fruit Cocktail recipe is ideal to use up some of your extra summer fruit or to combine some of the fruit you have already preserved to come up with something a little different.
Learn how easy it is to make and can your own homemade maraschino cherries. Not only do these taste great, but they are easy to preserve too!
This five spice cherry canning recipe is a unique take on typical recipes for canning cherries. I love the way the spices complimented the tart cherries!
Learn how to easily start canning blueberries in your own kitchen. Home canning is a great way to preserve fresh foods that you or someone you know grew.
There are many recipes for canning apples and I think I have tried them all. However the best way is to can them in plain syrup.
A great way to preserve raspberries is to make raspberry vinegar. Its delicious on pork chops! Best of all you can preserve it for winter use by canning it.
This orange-cranberry vinegar and marinade recipe is easy to make, easy to can and tastes great!
Learn how to make homemade ketchup right in your own kitchen using tomatoes you grew in your garden. This recipe works with fresh or frozen tomatoes!
This homemade bbq sauce recipe uses fresh tomatoes and is perfect for canning. Use it as it is or as a base sauce to create different types of BBQ sauces.
Learn how easy it is to make cajeta goat milk caramel from fresh goat milk. Plus learn how to preserve it for winter use by canning it.
Learn how to make homemade honey right in your own kitchen using a mixture of water, sugar, red clover, white clover and fireweed!
Learn how to make rose petal jelly using fresh rose petals from your favorite organically grown roses. Try different roses for unique flavored jelly.
This delicious, easy-to-make raspberry-chocolate sundae topper is an ideal canning recipe making it easy to serve to guests or give as gifts!
These off season food preservation ideas are perfect for the off season. There are lots of items you can fill your freezer with or even can year-round.
Do you understand the importance of food preservation inventory? From spices to food stored in the freezer and pantry, this list can help you save money.
Understanding the four factors that affect food storage is essential for keeping your food safe, especially if you intend to store it long term.
Learn if canning food at home is really worth the time and effort involved as well as about some of the supplies you need to get started.
There are a number of home canning supplies you need to get started canning food at home, the Bellemain Kit contains 6 of them.
Learn how to make your own fruit juice concentrate at home using fresh fruits from your garden or the farmers market.
Preserving citrus fruits is something you want to know how to do if you grow your own, buy in bulk or have citrus fruits given to you.
Home grown green beans are delicious. By learning about preparing fresh green beans for canning you can enjoy them year round.