Questions about food being preserved into glass jars, metal cans, or other air-tight containers using a variety of heat treatment steps to ensure an reasonable level of pasteurisation and/or sterilisation

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Is it safe to remove the rings on jars for long-term storage of home-canned goods?

Is it okay to store the canned goods without the ring screwed on it? I know someone who removes the screwed rings off her jars once they're processed and then stores her jars with the seal lids only. ...
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Why is my blueberry jam grainy?

I recently made and canned blueberry jam for the first time, using this recipe and canning instructions. I filled all my jars & canned them, but there was a little jam left in the pot. It was a ...
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Ball Canning Jars: Use them over and over?

A simple question: Can I seal and reseal Ball canning jars over and over? How long before the seal gets busted usually? Also, how do you clean the rubber seal ring without damaging it?
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Canning with Quart Jars

Most of the recipes I'm finding on reputable websites for canning pickles (or banana peppers) are designed for pint-sized jars. So, naturally, I have a full dozen quart-sized jars that I'd like to use ...
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Is the double boiling canning procedure really necessary?

It seems the usual procedure is to sanitize cans and lids by immersing them in boiling water, to fill the cans, and then to cap them and boil for a few more minutes. If I sanitize a can and then fill ...
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Can I used lemon juice in place of ascorbic acid in canning peaches?

Went to can my peaches and it's seven miles to the store....can I used lemon juice in place of ascorbic acid?
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Why do you need to peel peaches to can them?

I am going to be canning a bunch of peaches tonight, and I know that you have to peel them first (and I know how to do it easy), but I got to wondering, why do I have to do it? I have always done it. ...
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Canning Hot Peppers

This is my recipe for canning peppers. I bring 3 gal vinegar, 1 gal water and 1 lb canning salt to a boil. Let cool down a bit then pour into 1 qrt large mouth with peppers, garlic and pickling ...
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Do I need to boil filled jam/chutney jars? [duplicate]

I want to start making chutneys/jams at home, but am unsure of exactly how to proceed. Friends I've spoken to have said to sterilize the jars, then just put the hot jam/chutney in, and some online ...
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Homemade Preserves

I was given 3 different jars of preserves. They left the jars in the car for 2 days in the heat of Nevada and when they gave to me you could see the jams had turned to liquid. After leaving on the ...
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Can I re-can a batch of salsa that is missing an ingredient?

At the end of last summer we made up a huge batch of salsa and successfully canned it (approximately 8 months ago). My wonderful hubby finished it when I was at work. Now I opened a jar and realized ...
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should my sour pickles be sealed while pickling?

I'm making sour pickles. A lot of recipes say that the lid should be loose or upside down so that the pickles have room to "breath". I keep the jars out, often coming into contact with light from ...
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Are special recipes needed to preserve using a pressure canner?

I know that it's best practice to use tested and true recipes for water bath canning due to botulism risk, but is it necessary to find special recipes for use in a pressure canner? edit: What I mean ...
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Should I store jars processed with a pressure canner without their rings? [duplicate]

I read this guide to pressure canning where the author claims that it's a good idea to store the jars without their rings. Is this true? If so, why? Remove the screw cap and wash the jar. The ...
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Canning in a Pressure Cooker

Well, unfortunately the present my mom got me last Christmas turned out to be a pressure cooker and not a pressure canner. I've read that it is unsafe to can low acid foods using a pressure cooker. ...
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How long can milk be stored in the refrigerator after boiled and put in a Ball jar?

I've finally gotten my steel-cut oats recipe nearly perfect and I'm trying to figure out how long I can store them (so I know how much I can make at once). Basically I'm doing a double-boiler setup in ...
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Tiny bit of mold on maple syrup—can I still bottle it?

If there's a tiny bit of mold on nearly-finished maple syrup (like, a tiny patch in a pot of 1.5 gal), and it's removed and the syrup is brought back to a boil, is there any particular pathogen that ...
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Making Pickles - Confirming Sanitization Procedure

I'm about to make a batch of dill pickles. The recipe it pretty straightforward: A batch of firm baby cucumbers 1 cup of water 1 cup of vinegar 1 heaping tablespoon of salt 4 cloves of garlic, ...
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Making Habanero Jelly - Safety and Preventing Spoilage

I have recently made a large batch of habanero jelly, and followed the recipe exactly (please see References). I am wondering, why is the final boil of the sealed jars necessary? I've already boiled ...
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Sanitizing bottles/jars for homemade sauce

The recipe for tomato sauce (includes vinegar, sugar and salt) I am using says I can put the bottles in cool water and bring to boil; once they are boiling, they are ready to fill and seal. My ...
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Is there a definitive way to know if a tin can is lined with BPA?

Many tin cans are lined with BPA which has been connected with various health issues in various studies. Is there a way to determine whether a can of food contains BPA lining? Can the place of ...
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Jars of salsa, do I have to boil the jars if they sealed on their own?

Wondering if I have to boil my homemade jars of salsa to seal them if they sealed on their own. (Yes I sterilized them before hand) The salsa went in hot and once the lid was on, about 5 minutes later ...
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How can I modify my hot sauce to make it Shelf Stable?

I would like to be able to can and then sell my own hot sauce. The hot sauce I make is a low acid meat (ground beef) and tomato based sauce. I had sent it in to get a shelf life expectancy, and was ...
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Do you need a pressure cooker to can home-made salsa?

I grew my own tomatoes this year and had success with making my own salsa. Do you need a pressure cooker to can home-made salsa?
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How can I determine canning processing times?

I know safety is paramount with canning, and best answer is always to find a trusted recipe. But that's obviously not possible for every conceivable food one might want to can. Besides, trusted ...
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Canning pickles and sealing lids

I did the whole boiling process of canning the pickles and over night some did not seal but as soon as I placed them in the fridge they sealed. Do they need to stay in the fridge or can I put them in ...
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Vacuum sealer exclusively for canning jars?

I'm looking for a vacuum sealer just to vacuum seal canning jars. Presently I use a traditional vacuum sealer for bags that has an accessory port. It's bulky and because it's designed for bags as ...
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Jar lids popping several times

I've canned my whole life (54 years old), I started when I was young helping my Mom, and I've never run into this before. I've never canned just plain pork stock before, but wanted to try. I had 4 ...
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Help for thin flavorless jam

I made a blackberry/blueberry jam about 3 1/2 weeks ago. Due to work and school, I lost track of time. The jam came out a little thin (and flavorless). Is it too late to reprocess the jars? It was ...
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I wanted to make homemade pickles, does it matter what type of salt I use?

I've got the spices, jars, etc. I was wondering if there is a special salt, or can I just use table salt?
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How to keep pumpkin fresh for a long time?

I want to store some (about 10 kg.s) fresh pumpkin for a long time (3-6 months) to use in pumpkin pies mostly. What's the most useful way of doing it? Can I put them in freezer? Raw or cooked? And ...
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Is acid required when pressure canning?

I saw in the answers to this question that acid (like vinegar) is necessary to properly preserve hot sauce, and many other answers here similarly say that a low pH is necessary for safe canning of ...
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Why would I turn canning jars upside down for 15 minutes after removing from the water bath?

I am planning to can a plum chutney and have ordered the Stagioni 10 1/2 oz jars. Having only used Ball jars, I am not sure I understand why their website says to remove from water and place upside ...
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First time canning…forgot to sterilize my jar. Advice please!

I made a jalepeno/banana pepper relish from my garden two days ago and have since realized that I was supposed to sterilize the jar before doing this. My fault for not researching enough at the ...
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Why hot pack when raw pack is just as fast?

To pick an example, this green bean canning recipe gives the same processing times for both hot and raw pack. Presumably even with raw pack, the 20-25 minute processing time is enough to thoroughly ...
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Is there a way to safely can pesto sauce?

I grow basil and I have enough that I would like to can some pesto sauce. I have tried to find a way to can it but I keep hitting a wall. I would like to give a few cans of pesto to people for ...
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Can steaming cans of jams be safely used instead of boiling to sterilise?

Can i sterilise my filled jars of marmalade, raspberry and cherry jam in a steamer unit, such as those used to steam vegetables or baby bottles? I usually make batches of 15 jars so its difficult for ...
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Canning tomato sauce problem, jar broken in boiling method

It was my first try to canning tomato sauce but I failed. I prepared a tomato pizza sauce. I boiled a jar and lid then removed it I filled the jar with sauce and left one inch empty space and closed ...
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Canning tomato sauce

I am asking for advice on canning a tomato pasta sauce. It consists of canned tomatoes, butter, and some onions. I already did a Google search, but the results are contradicting. Some people claim ...
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Shelf-life of pressure-canned soups - is it still good?

I am just trying to get a rough idea of how long a pressure canned soup can last. We made turkey soup with thanksgiving leftovers, which we canned. I have it dated from 10-28-2012, so it's a little ...
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In industrially produced soup, how does each can contain equal parts of all ingredients?

In the soup that you get at the store, how come you never get cans of just broth? You'd think that if the soup were made in a large vat, the first few cans would have very little broth and the last ...
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Minimum procedure for sterilizing mason jars for canning

My wife and I are about to do some tomato canning tomorrow. We have a bunch of mason jars that we didn't have time to sterilize. She thinks that just washing them in hot water is enough. After ...
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Can I use citric acid instead of lemon juice when canning?

I am making wine jelly and have run out of lemons. I have some citric acid in the pantry. Can I use the citric acid instead? The jelly calls for half a cup of lemon juice. If I can use it, how much ...
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New to jam making - do I need to can?

I am a noob-to-be jam maker and a noob seasoned advice member. I want to make this pectin-free jam recipe; but here is the issue: In English speaking sources, any jam recipe goes with instructions on ...
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How do you safely bottle or “can” bbq meat drippings?

I want to bottle (and store) about 16 oz of barbcue drippings I captured from cooking brisket. Do I have to use the "pressure canning" method to can the drippings, or can I just bottle it using the ...
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How to make shelf-stable chocolate milk?

Based on online reading, it seems like decreasing PH to < 4.5 is the way to reduce spore-former activity. Is it possible to decrease the pH of milk without significantly affecting its taste and ...
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How long is SPAM really good for?

I wanted to buy some SPAM for my zombie apocalypse survival kit, and I noticed that it had an expiration date in 2013. Should I be concerned? I've heard it will last more than 25 years.
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Hand operated can sealer

Do hand operated can sealing machines work as well as commercial automatic machines in terms of seal quality and storage life? Keen to give it a go, but can't locate any hand can sealing machines. ...
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What can I do if I didn't process my salsa long enough?

I made salsa last week, and processed the jars (quarts) for 20 minutes (may have been 25, I forgot to note exactly when the water started to boil). I got my times mixed up for the salsa and some ...
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Does cornstarch affect the pH of what I'm cooking?

I'm considering canning some fruit compotes to use with yogurt, and the recipe I want to use (which was not designed with canning in mind, found here: ...