Save Money by Cannig Foods at Home

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Canning is a great method for preserving and creating delish homemade foods. Not only do you save a great deal of money, but you are in control of the ingredients and processing, which means that your productions are healthier and more satisfying, offering amazing new tastes to the entire family! Knowing where to begin can be a challenge, but you can be creating appetizing jams, cheeses, hot successes, zucchini, beef and chicken stock, salsa, various syrups and much more with a little effort and some friendly advice.

There are two safe methods of canning: the pressure canner process and the boiling water bath technique. Pressure canning offers the safest method for canning vegetables, meats, seafood and poultry. The cans of food are placed in 2 to 3 inches of water in a pressure cooker that heats the water to a blistering 240 degrees. This kills any nasty bacteria that might be sneaking around your food. Certain foods are considered low acid and can increase the risk of botulism, so, preparing them in a high heat pressure cooker offers additional security that dangerous microorganisms stay away from your yummy concoctions. Foods that are lower in acid include: dairy products, vegetables, chicken, meat and seafood. A pressure canner is a heavy pot with a lid that closes tightly, allowing the food to steam properly. There are usually special vents on the top of the lid, and a rack is included to hold the jars. These pressure cookers can be purchased almost anywhere and are fairly affordable, especially when considering how much you will save on your grocery bill each month by making your own specialty dishes!

The boiling water bath is best for high acidic foods such as fruits and pickled vegetables. The temperature of the boiling bath method is around 212 degrees and kills any bacteria creeping around high acid foods, like tomatoes and fruits. This method works great for making tasty treats like jams, marmalades, pickles, relishes, butters and syrups. A water bath canner is a big pot that has a snug fitting lid and a rack that keeps the canning jars from brushing against one another. The wire or wooden rack allows the boiling water to swirl around the jars ensuring consistent cooking.

Before beginning, get together all the equipment and appliances you may need. Place your boiling bath pot filled halfway with water. When you insert your canning jars into the boiler rack, make sure the water level is about 2 – 3 inches over the tops of the jars. The jars should be boiled in hot water for at least ten minutes. When it comes to the exciting aspect of choosing the food you are going to can, be choosy. For example, when making a fruit jam, prepare your boiling water bath and heat jars until you are ready to use them. A raspberry jam would require some prepared berries, sugar and a touch of lemon juice. These ingredients would be brought to a rolling boil, and pectin would be added, continuing to stir and boil the mixture. After one minute, transfer the mixture to your warm jars, leaving about an inch from the top lip. Submerge the jars in your boiling water bath and cook for ten minutes, adjusting for higher altitudes. Remove your fresh raspberry jam, adding the lids and checking for a secure seal then refrigerate! Tomorrow morning you can serve homemade jam with breakfast!

The ability to prepare, cook and store your own foods is easy, fun and extremely financially smart. Anything can be created with some imagination, motivation and a little instruction. From yogurt to cheese; from jams to salsa, you are in control of your pocket book and your family’s health. There is a vast amount of resources and help available to get you on your way to becoming a canning connoisseur.

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