Canning & Preserving Methods & Techniques

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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Avoid Spoilage When Canning and Preserving Foods

Food spoilage is the deterioration in canned or preserved food that makes your food unsafe for eating. Mold, yeast, bacteria, and enzymes are the spoilers. Ingesting spoiled food can cause a wide range [more…]

How to Detect Spoilage in Home-Canned Foods

When canning foods, the chances of food spoilage are greatly reduced when you follow the precise guidelines for preserving methods. You can detect food spoilage by visually examining your jars. If you [more…]

Key Tricks for Mastering Canning and Preserving

Canning and preserving methods are simple and safe, and can produce food that’s nutritious and delicious. Mastering the techniques and becoming a successful food preserver takes time, effort, and knowledge [more…]

Reap the Benefits of Canning and Preserving Food

Canning and preserving are ways to protect food from spoilage so that you can use the food at a later time. There’s no doubt that being able to offer fresh-tasting, home-canned, or -preserved foods to [more…]

Basic Techniques for Canning and Preserving Food

You’ll have no doubts about preparing safe home-canned and preserved food after you discover what each method does, which method is best for different foods, the rules for the technique you choose, and [more…]

Follow Canning and Preserving Rules

When you can and preserve foods, it’s important to follow all the steps for each method. You compromise the quality and safety of your food if you make your own rules. An example is when you shorten your [more…]

How to Detect Spoiled Foods

No one can promise you that your home-canned foods will always be free from spoilage, but you can rest assured that your chances for spoiled food are greatly reduced when you follow the precise guidelines [more…]

Storing and Preserving Home-Grown Fruit and Veg Successfully

Here are a few important do’s and don’ts to bear in mind so that you can enjoy your produce at the planning, growing, making and eating stages, which can be several months apart: [more…]

Heeding Food Safety Warnings

Most food safety is common sense: for example, if you drop a jar on the floor and it shatters, don’t scrape up the preserve and tuck in! But some dangers are less obvious, so err on the side of caution [more…]

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