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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 all combination foods in a pressure canner.

For best results, use these tips when making combination foods:

  • Cut all ingredients uniformly to ensure even heating. Get the pieces as close to the same size as possible.

  • Use the longest processing time given when combining foods. For example, the processing time for only corn in a 1-quart jar is 1 hour and 25 minutes, and for only lima beans in a 1-quart jar is 50 minutes. Therefore, the correct processing time for combining corn and lima beans in a 1-quart jar is 1 hour and 25 minutes.

  • Always use the jar size recommended in your recipe. Some combination foods may be canned in either pints or quarts; other foods may be suited only for pints. Use the jar size stated in your recipe.

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