Home Canning Safety Topics

Home-Canning-Safety-Topics

 

Home canning is a safe, enjoyable activity that produces nutritious, delicious food thanks to all the modern research that has been done and the techniques that have been developed from it.

Through the Internet, all this modern knowledge is at our fingertips to guide us in preserving food in a way that lets us create for our friends and family a quality, safe product.

Sadly, some of the old, discredited ways that did the exact opposite have popped up too, so it’s important to understand the difference.

Botulism

Botulism

In an effort to get people to take them seriously, some home canning authorities all too often these days drastically over-emphasize any possible dangers with home canning, scaring the wits out of people and successfully turning hundreds of thousands...
Botulism from Home Canning in the United States

Botulism from Home Canning in the United States

The purpose of this page is to survey the CDC literature available on documented botulism cases in the United States to determine how many cases were documented as owing to home canned foods. There are several different causes for botulism other...
Do's and don'ts for home canning

Do's and don'ts for home canning

"Home canned and preserved foods are a safe, healthy food option as long as you keep the most important things in mind. Always respect the process. Each step of the canning process is there to protect you and the quality of your food."  (( Plemmons, ...
Key issues in home canning safety

Key issues in home canning safety

Healthy canning must first and foremost be safe canning. If a food is not safe to eat, worrying about the salt and sugar levels in it would be like polishing the deck chairs on the Titanic. Following are the core, fundamental, big bullet point...
Safe Canning Police

Safe Canning Police

Home canning forums and groups often are nasty places on the Internet, with differences of opinions and approaches quickly deteriorating into personal attacks. The most feared protagonists are those whom some call the "safe canning police." A cross...
Safe tweaking of home canning recipes

Safe tweaking of home canning recipes

  There are roughly three schools of thought about taking a tested, approved home canning recipe, and tweaking it. The first is taking a ruler and cracking it across people's knuckles if they even dare think about it; The second is...
Should you boil your home canned vegetables?

Should you boil your home canned vegetables?

If you have done your canning according to USDA standards, the answer is: no, you do not need to boil your home canned food upon opening it. The very thought of boiling vegetables that have already been pressure canned for up to 90 minutes would...
The old British method of just "bottling" preserves is known to be unsafe now

The old British method of just "bottling" preserves is known to be unsafe now

Home canning is very small scale in the UK. People might do a few small pots of jam, or a few pickled things such as pickled onions. But it is not practised on the same scale, depth and breadth-wise, as is encountered in North America. For one, people...
The world of home canning is not 100% black and white

The world of home canning is not 100% black and white

The world of modern home canning is absolutely based on solid recommendations that have been determined by evidence-based, scientific research. Home canning practices that research in USDA labs has shown is unsafe will be unsafe around the world. Th...
Unsafe home canning practices

Unsafe home canning practices

The composition of a list of unsafe home canning practices will vary depending on who you ask, and how many people you ask. There will be some major dangers on the list. No doubt, though, a committee could stretch the list to pages long with many...
Cowboy canners

Cowboy canners

Cowboy canners are the opposite of the Safe Canning Police ; they will stick anything in a jar, close the lid, stick it on a shelf to fester, then feed it to people. They largely purport to trust in the "good old ways" of canning. They take delight...
Fractional sterilization" or "intermittent processing

Fractional sterilization" or "intermittent processing

The early 1900s was a period of much experimentation with different home canning methods. One of the more now hard-to-believe methods devised was called "fractional sterilization" or "intermittent processing." (Outside the canning world, it was often kn...
Home Canning Cured Meats (Bacon, Brined, Corned, Ham, etc)

Home Canning Cured Meats (Bacon, Brined, Corned, Ham, etc)

The past few years there has been a "rasher" of breathless videos and blog posts purporting to impart to people the tightly-held secrets of home canning bacon, hams, pepperoni sausages, etc. The implication is that the reputable authorities in the...
Home-canned cake

Home-canned cake

You cannot safely home can bread or cake. If someone gives you home canned cake, assume it is unsafe to eat and discard it in a manner that not even animals can consume it. See the USDA's procedure for handling suspect food . What is cake in a...
Inversion Canning

Inversion Canning

Inversion "canning" is open kettle canning with one additional step. For the first part, open kettle canning, the food to be bottled is prepared and heated in a pot, then put the jars, after which the lids are applied. No further processing of...
Microwave Canning

Microwave Canning

  What is microwave canning? Microwave canning can be one of two things: attempting to process filled jars by cooking them in a microwave; or attempting to "pressure-process" the jars by placing them inside a plastic microwave pressure...
Open Kettle Canning

Open Kettle Canning

Open kettle canning describes a process whereby food is heated or cooked in an open pot, then put into an open jar, then a lid placed on, and then when the lid seals from the jar or bottle cooling, the jar is put on a shelf. Penn State Extension...
Oven Canning

Oven Canning

Promoted from time to time as a "new" home canning technique, "oven canning" is actually an old technique. It has been around since at least the 1920s -- and it has been discredited and advised against since the 1940s. It involves "baking" your...
Why do you have to process jars of jam?

Why do you have to process jars of jam?

Some people ask why jars of jam must be processed after bottling, in either a hot water bath or a steam canner. They will say their grandmother never did, or they are English and no one English ever does, that they read someone on the Internet...

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