Ingredients for home canning

Ingredients-for-home-canning

There are many ingredients in home canning that are important, or helpful, in addition to the actual food that is being canned.

If, before you started home canning, you had a problem with spices going old on you before you could use them up, that will no longer be an issue in your life.

Calcium Chloride (aka Pickle Crisp®)

Calcium Chloride (aka Pickle Crisp®)

Calcium Chloride is a firming agent used in pickling. Many people like it and swear by the results; a few still say that nothing will ever replace the crispness of an actual limed pickle. It's easy to use; you just add it directly to each jar....
Citric acid and home canning

Citric acid and home canning

Citric acid is a concentrated powder that raises the acidity level of a food or solution it is added to. It also may slightly help in better keeping qualities for flavour and colour. Its use in home canning is endorsed by the USDA: Citric Acid:...
Clearjel Starch Thickener

Clearjel Starch Thickener

  Clearjel's role in home canning Clearjel ® is a modified corn starch that has been accepted by the USDA and the National Center for Home Food Preservation for a single canning application as of 2015, which is for use as a thickener in some ...
Dill substitute for pickling

Dill substitute for pickling

In real life, outside of coffee-table beautiful home canning books, some gardeners may find that their cucumbers are ready before their dill weed is. Other canners will find that their store has a deal on cucumbers but there's no fresh dill weed...
Flour and Corn Starch Use in Home Canning

Flour and Corn Starch Use in Home Canning

Flour and corn starch can be fightin' words in canning circles and are generally taken to be a dividing line between safe and unsafe canners. It's fine to use flour and corn starch in modern canning recipes It's fine to use flour and corn starch...
Herbamare® Salt Substitute

Herbamare® Salt Substitute

  Herbamare® Sodium-Free is a salt substitute made in France by the A. Vogel® company. People eating home canned products made seasoned with Herbamare Sodium-Free believe there is salt in it. They taste no difference between Herbamare a...
Home canning with herbs

Home canning with herbs

  You have some discretion about changing the flavouring of your preserves and canned goods with dried herbs. While the general rule of thumb is not to change tested canning recipes one bit, changing the flavouring is actually the one thing...
Can you use sage in home canning?

Can you use sage in home canning?

You will see in many places a recommendation not to use sage in home canned goods. It's not a safety issue, but a taste issue, reputedly. Some say it causes bitterness; some say it causes bitterness after a period of storage. What the established...
Using bay leaves in home canning

Using bay leaves in home canning

  Bay leaves are great for home canning. Many people believe that we eat with our eyes and noses first before our mouths. A bay leaf makes a jar look like that extra detail of care was taken, and, there's a wonderful aroma that rises out...
Home canning with stevia

Home canning with stevia

HealthyCanning.com works with liquid stevia as its default sweetener in home canning recipes that require a sweetener. For those wishing to make the original full-sugar versions of the recipes on the site, every recipe provides the source that...
No Sugar Needed Pectins

No Sugar Needed Pectins

Pectin in home canning is a substance you can add 1 to jams and jellies to help in getting a firmer set. It has traditionally required the use of copious amounts of sugar to ...
Bernardin No Sugar Needed Pectin

Bernardin No Sugar Needed Pectin

Bernardin offers a "no sugar needed" pectin for use in jams and jellies. Normally sugar is required to get pectin to set, but this pectin requires no added sugar at all for the gel to happen.     While some no sugar needed...
Pomona Pectin

Pomona Pectin

Pomona is a brand name of a low methoxyl pectin. Instead of needing sugar and acid to cause a gel reaction, it needs calcium. (See No Sugar Needed Pectins .) The company is located in Washington State, USA. The product is actually made for them...
Passata

Passata

If you are looking at making a tomato-sauce based product for home canning, instead of always buying fresh, whole tomatoes as a base it may in some instances be worth considering using tomato passata -- fresh, sauce-quality tomatoes pressed through a f...
Pickling Spice

Pickling Spice

  Pickling spice is a spice mixture that can be used to add flavouring and aromatics to savoury preserves, pickles and relishes. You can buy pickling spice mix pre-mixed in jars or packages, or, make up your own. See our simple picking...
The acidity of lemons and home canning

The acidity of lemons and home canning

Many home canners assume that white distilled vinegar is the most acidic ingredient in their arsenal. Not so: lemon juice is actually even more acidic than white distilled vinegar. pH of a few typical canning acids Here's a comparison in descending...
Water's Role in Home Canning

Water's Role in Home Canning

Water has such a huge role in home canning, yet we take it for granted. There are three issues to consider: 1) Clean, safe, potable water (See page on bacterial load .) 2) Hard water (See page on hard water .) 3) Using fresh water instead...
Hard water and home canning

Hard water and home canning

Hard water can cause two issues in canning, though neither of them is a safety issue, thankfully.  (1) Build-up on canner and jars Minerals in the hard water can cause build-up on the insides of the canner and clouding on the outsides of the jars. ...
Vinegar in canning water

Vinegar in canning water

Adding vinegar to your canning water -- a little dab'll do ya! The three accepted home canning methods (water bath canning, steam canning and pressure canning) are all based on water, and can cause spots or films to appear on the glass sides of your...
Why some canning directions call for fresh water

Why some canning directions call for fresh water

  Many pressure canning instructions for vegetables call for fresh water to be added to the canning jars, instead of using the water that the vegetables were blanched in. This will seem counter-intuitive to many cooks new to canning, because...


  1. Of course, pectin is also a naturally occurring substance in fruits  

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