Unsafe canning methods
Don't risk it, leave it in the past.
“But my grandmother always did it this way”
Canning methods have come a long way since grandma's time. Yet, some
still being used that are not considered safe anymore.
you are using home canning recipes handed down from your mother or
grandmother… be aware of the safety issues.
Now I can just hear some of you saying.... that the USDA is
just being overly cautious. I truly have considered that
Maybe they are.... I decided for myself that my peace
is worth the small amount of effort to abide by the suggested
procedures. You have to decide too.
Remember, you can’t see, smell or taste botulism. It is not a risk
Open Kettle Canning
In this method hot sterilized jars are filled with hot food. The seals
and lids are placed on the jar an the food is
allowed to cool. This usually creates a good seal, however, while
placing your food in the hot jar, the food is exposed to air and the
utensils used to transfer it into the jar. Even during this short time,
your food may become contaminated. While you have food that
is sealed, it is not necessarily sterilized. Spoilers may
have entered your jars.
I know women who do this with their Jam
recipes and Jellies
. They would probably roll their eyes at
me. They have had no problems….yet.
I have been tempted to try this
method. After all they didn’t have any problems……..
However, every time
I think about it, I’m uneasy. I decided to take the extra step and
process using the suggested recommendations. I LOVE
Why take the chance? The added effort is minimal.
Oven processing is another unsafe method. This
involves processing the filled jars in
Ovens are not consistent enough to be sure they reach the
heat level needed to kill botulism.
Oven temperatures may vary.
The dry heat produced in ovens does not penetrate the jars
Heat circulation is not the same in an oven.
Other Unsafe Canning Methods
How about processing your jars in a dishwasher? ….no not safe.
You can use the dishwasher to wash your jars and keep them
warm before packing, but it is not safe to try to
process food packed jars using a dishwasher.
How about adding aspirin to
your jars? Nope… NOT safe either.
You have to decide for yourself.
As for me - canning safety is family safety.
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I have attempted to share safe preserving methods. However, I make no promises. You alone are responsible for your health. Be aware of current safety recommendations.
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