From the Almanac: CANNING FOR BEGINNERS
Good article on canning:
CANNING FOR BEGINNERS: WHAT IS CANNING?
LEARN HOW TO CAN YOUR OWN FOOD AT HOME
July 15, 2020
Home canning is experiencing a resurgence of interest. Imagine the shelves of your pantry stocked with homemade pickles, tomato sauce, and jams. Whether you are blessed with an overabundance from your garden or want to indulge in the art of “putting by” with peak produce from your farmers’ market, canning captures the best flavors. See how to can with our newly updated canning guide!
WHAT IS CANNING?
Think of canning as a form of cooking. Instead of cooking one meal for immediate consumption, you are cooking food that you can save and store away for months! Why do this? Because canning allows you to capture the best flavors at the peak of season—to enjoy all-year long! Imagine the amazing taste of garden-fresh tomato sauce in the middle of winter.
Canning is a method used to preserve fresh food in jars using high temperatures to kill microorganisms and inactivating enzymes that could cause food to spoil. The heating process pushes air from the jars, creating a vacuum seal as jars cool. Without air, the bacteria, yeasts, and mold will not grow and food won’t spoil.
THE TWO CANNING METHODS: WATER-BATH AND PRESSURE CANNING
To can your produce properly and safely, follow one of these methods: water-bath canning or pressure canning.