Questions tagged [canning]

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

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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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Why are my canning lids popped out?

My wife has been trying to can some foods using the canning techniques that she's familiar with from Romania, but with the American-style canning jars and lids that we get here. This involves packing ...
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Do tinned foods go off (stale)?

This morning I found a tin of baked beans with a best before date of August 2014. A colleague of mine told me that it's perfectly safe to eat, and that tinned foods never go off. Can this be true? Do ...
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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 prevalent was foodborne botulism before stricter food safety guidelines?

Nowadays, foodborne botulism seems to be quite rare, even from potentially high-risk things like home canned goods. (The CDC Botulism Surveillance reports indicate on the scale of tens of confirmed ...
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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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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 peel tomatoes?

Everyone seems to think it is necessary to peel tomatoes before canning or freezing them. Since I do not peel tomatoes when I'm cooking with them (soups, salsa, etc.), I'm wondering if I can freeze ...
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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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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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Does honey always have to be heated in order to liquefy it for bottling?

Some honey producers claim that they are honey is unheated. Assume that the producers in question are decently large scale and sell their honey in typical bottles/jars/pails. However, talking to ...
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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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How to determine if canning is safe?

How can I tell if it is safe to can a particular homemade sauce? Is it just a function of pH and technique (pressure vs boiling water) or are there any other factors in play? Specifically, I would ...
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Can pressure canning be replaced water bath canning?

I wanted to make and can, my Grandma's tomato soup. However I don't have a pressure canner. I made the soup in a 15 PSI pressure cooker and then poured it into sterilized jars and then canned it in a ...
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Canning fresh meat in an oil bath?

I was recently given some home canned fresh pork, that was preserved by boiling at 100C for three hours. It is only a few weeks old and tastes delicious, but after reading up on canning processes, I ...
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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 canned tuna contain preservatives?

I want to know how the tuna can be kept for so long in a can. Do they use preservatives? Or is it just tuna and water (or oil or brine)?
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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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How can I keep my jam from overcooking while I process it?

As we've rolled into fruit season this year I've started canning up some jams using a traditional boiling process in my big stock pot (though I'm getting pretty close to investing in a pressure canner ...
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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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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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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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Canning lids twisting

doing hot bath for sauerkraut. Cleaning jar rims, adding more salt water to 1 inch of top, putting new lids and rings on jars. Screwing rings on tight. Put jars in canning, filling with cold water ...
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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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How to know if a recipe is acidic enough for storage/bottling?

I've made some hot sauce that consists of: Whole large white onion Jalapenos (about 5, seeds and veins) Poblanos (about 3, seeds and veins) Sweet Peppers (about 6, seeds and veins, unknown name, ...
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Jars didn't seal

I made a ton of jams and jellies about six weeks ago to sell at an upcoming open house. Normally I am very diligent in ensuring they have sealed within 24 hours of processing before I put them away. ...
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What can I do to stop hot sauce from separating? [duplicate]

I make homemade cayenne pepper sauce every year. I do add some liquid pectin to slightly thicken it so it will stick to food rather than roll off. After a month or so on the shelf it seems to separate ...