Tips for Using Canners The following are some tips for using canners:
Tip #1: Prepare for the Job
Purchasing a quality pressure canner and plenty of canning jars is usually the first step in the canning process. Electric canners can be a bit pricey, but if you will be using your canner regularly to preserve food then the initial cost is worth it. These devices will make sealing the canning jars quicker and easier. They can also be a lot more effective at creating an airtight seal. Always read the canner’s instruction manual thoroughly before attempting to use it. Pressurized devices can be dangerous if not used properly. Additionally, pressure canners have precise heat requirements to ensure quality canning results. Not following directions can ruin an entire batch of containers. Your containers will also need to be ready to accept the fresh food. Canning jars are typically sterilized prior to use.
Tip #2: Select and Prepare the Food
The quality of the food prior to canning will affect how well it remains preserved. Using old, dry vegetables and fruits defeats the purpose of canning to preserve freshness. It is highly recommended that, to ensure freshness, you only can fruits and vegetables that are in season. You will want to cook your food prior to canning. Flash boiling or steaming the food usually works the best.
Tip #3: Store the Canned Goods in a Suitable Location
Jars and cans of preserved foods need to be stored in appropriate places. Extreme temperatures will compromise the integrity of the canning jars. While canning drastically increases the shelf life of food, canned goods still have an expiration date. Make sure you know how long your canned vegetables and fruits are good for.