Time to start sealing up those mason jars, it is National Canning Day. Many of us in the Midwest are experiencing our first frost this week which means we have to seal up our treasured recipes keeping them fresh over the harsh winter. Or, if you grew too many tomatoes this season and they haven’t all ripened, canning is the perfect solution to these types of culinary conundrums.
Canning preserves food by removing the oxygen and enzymes that would otherwise cause a food to spoil. A sealed mason jar or can means bacteria, yeasts and molds are kept out. Which means your favorite salsa from Summer can be enjoyed next to the fire in Winter!
This is not a complicated process, but canning does require you to follow specific steps and use specific equipment to ensure food is safely preserved. The National Center for Home Food Preservation recommends using either a boiling water canner or a pressure canner, depending on how acidic the food you’re canning is.
The NCHFP has a slew of handy tips on the science of canning, including how to work out your altitude so that it can be factored into the canning process. Yes, this is really science.
For a first time canner, begin with a jam or a marinara sauce since both have relatively simple cooking processes. Start with a small batch so you don’t ruin all your ingredients. All Legacy and Ball canning jars include step-by-step ingredients to ensure your successful each and every time.
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