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White Chili

White chili, with its chicken and white beans, is a great alternative to a tomato-based chili. Use a pressure canner to make and preserve this dish for later use. When you serve your white chili, garnish [more…]

Ingredients for Pickling

Pickling preserves food in a brine solution. The perfect balance of salt, vinegar, water, and herbs and spices can safely preserve your pickled food. You can achieve this balance by precisely measuring [more…]

Lime-Ginger Marmalade

This combination of lime and ginger is very Hawaiian. Although you may think pairing lime and ginger in a marmalade sounds odd, give this marmalade recipe a try — it might just become one of your favorites [more…]

Pressure Canning Low-Acid Foods

To can low-acid foods, you use a pressure canner. Pressure canning is the only safe way to can low-acid foods. Each step of the pressure-canning process is important to produce safe, home-canned foods: [more…]

Thick and Rich Tomato Paste

This tomato paste recipe uses a lot of ripe tomatoes and produces a thick, rich paste. Roma tomatoes give the paste a wonderful flavor, but you can use any variety of tomato that you want. [more…]

What Is Brining?

The brining process is part of the pickling process. The brining solution extracts juice and sugar from your food, forming lactic acid, which is the preservative in your pickled food. Your brine solution [more…]

Water-Bath Canning High-Acid Foods

Water-bath canning, sometimes referred to as the boiling-water method of canning, is the simplest and easiest method for preserving high-acid food. Water-bath canning destroys any active bacteria and microorganisms [more…]

Homemade Apple Butter

Apple butter is kind of a cross between a jam and homemade applesauce. The rich flavor and wonderful aroma of this apple butter can transform a plain piece of toast into something decadent. [more…]

Home Canning Safely

Preventing food spoilage is the key to safe canning. Over the years, home canning has become safer and better. Scientists have standardized processing methods, and home canners know more about using these [more…]

Pressure-Canning Combination Foods

Use the pressure canning technique for all combination foods — it’s the only definitely safe canning method when combining foods, especially when canning combined low-acid and high-acid foods. Process [more…]

Choosing Fresh Fruit for Canning

Certain kinds of fruit take to canning much better than others. Depending on what kind of fresh fruit you want to can, you need to follow a different procedure to get that fruit ready for canning. [more…]

Pear Chutney

When pears are ripe, get busy making this flavorful pear chutney. This recipe for pear chutney calls for a spark of heat from cayenne pepper to balance the sweetness from golden raisins and brown sugar [more…]

Adjustments for High-Altitude Canning

Home cooks who live at high altitudes may be used to adjusting recipes; high-altitude adjustments apply to home canning, as well. Canning food safely requires your filled jars to be processed at a specified [more…]

Preserve Food by Canning, Freezing, and Drying

This at-a-glance guide shows how to preserve foods by canning, freezing, and drying. People have been preserving food for eons. Newer, safer food preservation techniques and equipment enable you to stock [more…]

Tips for Successful and Safe Canning

Keep safety in mind whether you're water-bath canning or pressure canning. By canning foods safely, you can prevent kitchen accidents and food spoilage. Increase your chances for successful canning and [more…]

Tools and Equipment for Canning and Preserving

If you plan to can, freeze, or dry your food, you'll need some special tools. The equipment involved with canning or preserving food is designed for efficiency and safety, so be sure you to use them. If [more…]

Canning & Preserving For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Preserve food by water-bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, or drying — all are time-honored and safe techniques. Canning and preserving are great ways to save foods at their peak freshness and flavor [more…]

How to Prepare Canned Tomatoes

Each tomato variety has its own color, flavor, and texture. When preparing canned tomatoes, choose tomato varieties that boast good canning results on the tomato plant’s tag or use a proven Heirloom variety [more…]

How to Prepare Canned Corn

Before you prepare corn for canning, start with corn that has the husks on and the silk attached. This allows you to assess the corn's freshness. Choose ears with brightly colored husks that are free of [more…]

Preparing Canned Onions

Onions are a staple ingredient in many recipes. Their savory flavor often is the finishing touch to your favorite meal. Canning and preserving onions leaves them soft but flavorful. Keep these onions in [more…]

Food Preservation Methods: Canning, Freezing, and Drying

You can preserve foods inexpensively by using canning, freezing, or drying techniques. Modern-day food preservation methods, such as water-bath canning, help you can and preserve with ease. After you understand [more…]

The Right Kitchen Tools for Canning and Preserving Foods

When canning and preserving foods, you need the right kitchen tools and utensils to do the job properly. Some of the basic food preservation tools, like a jar lifter or a lid wand, are only used for canning [more…]

Specialty Equipment that Makes Canning and Preserving Easier

In addition to basic kitchen utensils and equipment designed for canning and preserving, there are other specialty items that save time when canning and preserving foods. Although these items may not be [more…]

Why Acidity Levels are Important When Canning Foods

Knowing the acidity level of the food you’re preserving is important because the pH, the measure of acidity, determines which of the two canning methods you should use: water-bath canning or pressure canning [more…]

Tools and Equipment for Freezing or Drying Food

Most of the tools and equipment you'll need for freezing or drying foods (except an electric dehydrator) are probably waiting for you in your kitchen. These items will make your preserving tasks more efficient [more…]

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