Tips For Home Canning Low Acid Foods

Home canning is an exciting hobby, but before you start on your journey to preserving foods and fresh produce on your own, you need to know how to do it correctly. When it comes to low acid foods with a pH of 4.6 or above, pressure canning is the safest method. This is because low acid foods aren’t appropriately processed during water bath canning and so the spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria survive boiling water. These spores later grow in the sealed jars of water bath-canned low acid foods and produce a deadly toxin. This is why low acid foods... more »

How To Get Crisp Dill Pickles While Canning

Dill pickles are a staple in every American household. A classic topping on burgers and hotdogs, dill pickles epitomize summer for everyone. However, if you love to make them at home, the problem is that you may end up with soft, mushy pickles instead of perfect, crispy ones. As much as we’d like, it’s not possible to prevent pickles from going soft, especially if you didn’t pay attention during the canning process. If left in jars for extended periods, your pickles will eventually begin to get mushy. That’s why it’s important to get the canning process right and leave the... more »

How Long Does Homemade Canned Food Last?

Ever wish you could store batches of your famous jam for months? Maybe you have a child going away to college, and you wish there were a way to make sure that they have your home-cooked meals every night? Well, let me tell you about a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and healthy answer to your prayers. Canning food is the process of storing food in airtight containers. But before that, it is heated to a temperature where all harmful bacteria and microorganisms die so you can quickly cover and preserve it in pristine condition. Then open up the can whenever the... more »

A Guide To Foods That Can Be Canned!

Do you source your fruits and vegetables from your farm or buy in bulk to get the best rates? Are you looking for ways to preserve them, so they last way past their shelf life? Try canning them – canned food can be kept safe for a very long time as it is impervious to contamination. This way, you can have flavorsome, nutrient-rich food anytime you please. Each canned item can last for at least several years, depending on the food type and how good your canning technique is. What Type Of Food Can Be Canned Safely? Canning is one... more »

How To Can Salsa

  Having pre-made canned salsa in your pantry can be a huge lifesaver, especially if you have unexpected guests or your friends decide to crash at your place at the last moment. Take out a jar and use it as a dip with tortilla chips or make burrito bowls for your family and friends! However, if you want the perfect salsa available anytime you need it, you’ll have to learn how to prepare and can it the right way. Here’s how to do just that: Canning Salsa – A Quick Guide Packing up your salsa in cans is really easy,... more »

How to Can Strawberry Jam

  Many people are now discovering the joys of canning their favorite foods and concoctions. Whether it’s preserving fresh garden produce, jams and jellies, canning is an old method that can help keep these foods safe and edible for a very long time. And canning their homemade strawberry jams is a favorite project for many food enthusiasts. It is quite simple to do and only takes a couple of hours, but the results can be rewarding. There’s something about a jar of home-canned jam that makes it special. It is a must in most households for a quick breakfast or... more »

Does Spaghetti Sauce Need To Be Pressure Canned?

  For us, the weekends aren’t complete without a spectacular serving of spaghetti and meatballs. It’s a favorite for millions of Americans, and for good reason – it’s easy to make and looks good no matter how you serve it! The traditional Italian spaghetti sauce is an integral part of this recipe. Sure you can get some off-the-shelf sauce, add it to your dish and call it a day, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, there is something about homemade spaghetti sauce with all its traditional Italian goodness, tomato-based flavors, and an infusion of herbs that gives it that... more »

How Do You Keep Peaches From Turning Brown When Canned?

  Nothing can beat eating a fresh peach plucked right from the tree; juicy and warm that hits you with all the flavors of summer. However, peach season only runs from May to September, which doesn’t give us much time to enjoy this fruit. But hey, you can always slice up the peaches well ahead of time, and then freeze or can them to ensure their freshness for a long time. The trouble is that once picked, peaches can go bad quickly, which is why you need to use a few household staples to keep the peaches from turning brown.... more »