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Home Canning Questions

Do you have any home canning questions that you have not been able to answer? This is the place to be!

I have to say that I have received some great questions. Some making me really think and dig into why canning works. Some seem to be repeated often. Here are a few very common questions, and links to the question and answer conversations.

Some often asked questions:

My Jelly did not set up, why?

There are MANY more questions answered at the bottom of this page... just scroll down.

 

Is my recipe safe for canning?

I Often have folks ask me if their particular recipe is safe to can. The recipes will range from simple to elaborate. 

I don't have the facilities to test recipes.  This is the type of question that I'll refer you to your extension service. They have the resources to do testing. I'm just a mom who loves to can!

If you have a recipe that you want to can, please give your local extension service. Here are the phone numbers.


More places to get answers

There are FAQ sections at the bottom of both Canning Vegetables and Canning Equipment pages.

I've been receiving so many questions that the list on this page has become unwieldy! I plan on  sorting and organizing these questions to the page topics where they might more easily be found.

In the meantime browse the list below.... (I know it is long!)

In addition, your local extension service is a great place to get answers to many questions. Please consider giving them a call. Here are the phone numbers.  My experience with our local office is helpful and friendly.

Remember Simply Canning is a one woman operation. I may not be able to get back to you immediately. If your question really needs an answer right away you will be better off calling your local extension.

Please give them a call. Here are the phone numbers. If there is no office listed for your town. Just find the next closest one. They don't have to be in your hometown to answer your question over the phone.

If you have questions on long term food storage and emergency preparedness check out Family Survival Planning. They have a wealth of information.

Questions from other visitors

Click below to see the questions from other visitors to this page...and some answers.

Is it safer to use a pressure canner for all home canning? 
I do a lot of canning as I have a 3/4 acre+, organic vegetable and fruit and medicinal herb garden. I have asked the question a lot whether it is better/safer …

Canning with Splenda  
Canning with Splenda: I know when cooking/baking you can substitute sugar with Splenda. Can that safely be done with canning? My extended family is diabetic …

Too salty pickles  
I've been making bread and butter pickles for years. This year they turned out too salty. I think I let them sit too long in salt and didn't rinse them …

Brand New to Canning.... where do I start? 
I am new to canning and the farm scene and was wondering what I needed to can. I have pretty much every vegetable known in my garden and it is producing …

Canning Fresh Mangoes 
I have mangoes that are ripe and ready to eat. Unfortunately, they are 12 and I am 1. I'd like to can them but cannot find a recipe. I would do them …

Food Leakage 
I tried to can peach pie filling, and some of the food leaked out of the jar. The lids all sealed, but there was sticky pie filling on the towel it cooled …

Raw Pack Peaches in Pressure Canner 
I followed all the steps for preparing and then proceeded to raw pack my peaches. I added hot syrup and placed in a pressure canner. I waited 10 minutes …

the whole process 
I am canning Jalapenos. I found a recipe that uses vinegar and preserving salt (boil vinegar add salt, solution to the jarred sliced Jalapenos). I …

Pickled Beets Recipe 
Pickled Beets Recipe Can I substitute ground allspice for whole? ____________________________ answer: Yes! While I have not done this with …

Tomatoes processing times 
It seems that on many sites that the processing times for whole or half tomatoes in a pressure canner is 25 minutes, but while looking on National Center …

Uncovering The Steam Vent 
I've always heard that when the pressure canner has done its work, you should let it cool down completely without doing anything to hurry it along, like …

Double stacking pint jars 
My canning book says that I can double stack pint jars in my pressure canner. Do I need to have a rack or something between the jars or can I simply place …

Pre freezing tomatoes 
Is it possible to freeze tomatoes as they start getting ripe then can them at a later date? _______________ answer: Jodi: I have not done this …

Pressure canner not sealing.  
I'm using a pressure canner, but it seems the steam is coming out around the lid. Not sure if it has a good seal? and will the jars be ok for eating. …

Canning Fruit - floating, hot or raw pack 
Hi, I am new to canning but have been successful with pickles and jam....However, in canning peaches blueberries and apricots, either in hot or raw, …

Canning Tomato Salsa 
Canning Tomato Salsa: I used to can a lot when I was younger but have forgotten some things and am more paranoid about food safety. I cooked up a …

Canning Honey 
Canning Honey: I have an opportunity to purchase a large amount of honey. Can I can it or just put it into jars and store it on the shelf? Sharon …

Salty Pickles 
What would cause my pickles to turn out very salty? It was suggested me to add my alum right in the jar as I put in the brine. Would this cause the saltiness? …

Canning Pepper Jelly 
When I am canning pepper jelly and process the jars in a water bath the peppers float to the top. The flavor is great but the jars scream " MISTAKE" …

Canning Nacho cheese 
Once I have opened a #10 can of nacho cheese can I pour the leftovers into pint size canning jars and then home can it? If so what would be the canning …

Canning Strawberries for the first time and need your advice 
This is my first time canning and I am as lost as a goose. I have some fresh strawberries that someone gave to me and I would either like to freeze them …

Canning Smoked Salmon 
How long do I cook smoked salmon for in a water bath? Answer: If you are canning smoked salmon it must be processed in a pressure canner. A waterbath …

Filling the pressure canner 
I am new to pressure canning but have started canning a few things. My question is do I have to fill the canner up? Can I just do say 2-3 jars? Just …

Canning Kielbasa 
I love Kielbasa links. I know that they are already cooked and only need to be prepared in a recipe. I was just wondering if there is a way to pressure …

Canned Bean Salad 
My mom & I do lots of canning every year and would like to know if there's any way to can a bean salad. A similar kind is sold in the stores, often called …

Plastic Pop Bottles for Canning 
My neighbor is planning on canning tomato juice in 2l plastic pop bottles with screw top lids. He plans to seal the lids with clear tape or parafilm-type …

Pressure canning an already Water Bath Sealed Jar 
Last summer I used a recipe for stewed tomatoes for the internet. The woman said she always used a water bath for this particular recipe. I did the same …

Canning Jar lid concern 
I want to make my kumquat marmalade for gifts, and purchased pretty 6 oz. hexagon jars with lug lids. These lids do not have that little bump in the center …

Canning Jar lids , old rings 
Is it okay to use old rings, as long as you have new lids? ________________________________ Yes you are ok re-using the rings. The rings may get …

Not enough sugar 
I doubled the recipe for citrus Marmalade, but didn't double the sugar. It didn't set and is now a very flavorful syrup. Can it be saved? Can I add …

Peach Jam Recipe 
My x husband and I use to make tons of peach jelly/ jam and peach syrup. I made a lot of it, but cannot remember the amounts of fruit vs. sugar. I think …

Canning Spaghetti Sauce  
How do I can spaghetti sauce using canned tomatoes. Answer: In order to can spaghetti sauce with already canned tomatoes just use the same recipe. …

Regarding Canning cream sauce 
I'm planning to can carbonara sauce but your response to the question that canning cream sauce is not safe because it consist of milk and cream, why is …

Canning Pesto Sauce 
Can pesto sauce be canned? if the sauce didn't pass through pressured can, is it safe to chill and store it for 2 to 3 months? Sally, Since I …

Canning Spicy chowchow 
O haven't found a recipe for spicy chowchow that contains just cabbage. Does anyone have a good recipe for a spicy chowchow?

orange marmalade 
I have many jars of orange marmalade "syrup". What did I do wrong? Is it not enough sugar? I cooked it to 230 degrees. Can I take the mixture out …

Canning Ham and Beans 
I have been canning ham and beans. This time I accidentally canned a bone in with the ham and beans. Will this harm the product? Hi Nancy, I am …

Discolored Chicken Soup 
I followed the directions for chicken soup , including pressure canning and even remembered to change the pressure gauge to 15 lbs because we are at 4,000 …

Canning raspberry jelly 
We attempted to can raspberry jelly and did everything as stated. However, we did not see the "Do not double the recipe" section until after we had …

Canning ranch dressing? 
Hello My name is Justin and I've only been canning for a short while. I purchased a presto 23 q pressure cooker because I've recently been eating more …

Transporting Home Canned Food 
Thank you for this site! Very informative, & I hope my unusual question can be answered here. I haven't canned anything for years & years (not since …

Pickled Carrots and a Metal Residue  
I was making a batch of pickled carrots and kept the jars in the water bath to keep them hot. After I processed them I found that the outside of the jars …

Canning Cranberry Chutney - air bubbles after processed 
I processed a batch of cranberry chutney and ran something plastic around the end. After it cooled every jar had bubbles. Should I be concerned? Thank …

Canning on Induction Top Stove Tops 
Hi there, I was wondering if you or anyone out there has ever canned using the water bath method on an induction cooktop? It's supposed to help in …

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers, one jar recipe? 
I was looking for a recipe for pickled jalapeno peppers but was unable to find one for a "one jar" recipe. I have a 12oz jar I will be using to try …

Canning Prepared Buffalo Wing Sauce 
Is it possible to can a prepared buffalo hot wing sauce. I developed my own combination of Franks red hot sauce, butter, vinegar and dry ranch dressing …

Canning Venison Soup 
How safe is what I'm doing? I make a large pot of venison vegetable soup tomato based, boil the noodles separate, put the noodles in the sterilized jar,bring …

canning macaroni dishes. 
Can we can dishes like commercial companies do. I am an experienced canner but I thought you might know and it would save me the time experimenting with …

Canning Apple Butter Discoloration 
This is my first year canning apple butter so I am not sure if this is normal or if something went wrong with my process. I made the apple butter …

Canning cream sauces 
Is it ok to can my home made potato soup and Alfredo sauce? __________________ Answer: Hi Phil Unfortunately the USDA states: "Do not add noodles …

peach butter 
I have used a recipe online for peach butter. However I can not get it to thicken. I remember apple butter as a kid and this is very thin compared. …

Jar not filled up enough  
I canned cooked cubed chicken today and I didn't have quite enough to fill that last two quarts up to the inch headroom. They were probably about 1 1/2 …

Can you can any type of dry beans 
Can you can any type of dry beans? Hi Sara, Yes you are able to can any type of dried beans. I personally only have experience in canning pinto …

Canning Tomato Sauce 
A few times a year I'll cook a 45 qt pot of tomato sauce just for canning. I use all quart jars. I cook the sauce for hours and make sure the temp is …

Canned Meat and Fish 
How long will canned meat and fish last stored properly? Do they last longer in the jar, cooked or raw before canning? thank you! _________________ …

Apple Pie Filling Recipe 
I finally tried canning for the first time and used your apple pie filling recipe , which I might say was very easy. Thanks. I did forget to put the lemon …

filling jars when canning 
I have been canning for 35 years, i enjoy it, but it is frustrating when i look at the jars and they aren't nicely filled....what am I doing wrong?? …

Canning Smoked Trout 
I have already smoked and froze the trout but I would like to know if it is possible to can the fish still, and if so can I do it frozen or should I unthaw …

Do I have to process home canned salsa? 
I made salsa with a friend and am not sure if I "trust it". We had a borrowed recipe (with vinegar in it) but the part I question is that we did not use …

Canning mashed pumpkin 
I was recently canning mashed pumpkin. I cooked it first and mashed it, placed 400ml in a 500 ml jar (enough for 1 pumpkin pie) and then processed it at …

Canning Olive Tapenade 
Is canning an Olive Tapenade for Christmas gifts possible? I have looked and looked and not found any recipes for doing this, It sounds like there …

Storing canning Jars in an extra Refrigerator.  
We have just moved into a temporary (for 1-2 years) smaller home that is short on storage space. Since the place we are renting comes with a fridge, we …

Reheating chutney to can the next day 
Is it safe to make chutney one day, then the next day reheat it and can it in the prescribed manner? ________________________ answer: If you have …

Pressure variances 
Our local cooperative extension service recommended canning salmon at 11 lbs. for 100 minutes (1/2 pint jars). The pressure cooker is determined to stay …

Help with pickles 
Hi, I just canned some pickles last night and put them in the basement, inverted, covered with a towel. I woke up to find that most of the lids haven't …

help with making my salsa recipe shelf-stable? 
I was wondering if there was any way to alter my salsa recipe to make it shelf stable? My boyfriend is deployed in Afghanistan and loves my salsa and …

Is a jar with two lids stuck together safe? 
I canned some dill pickles and discovered after the fact that two lids had stuck together on one of the jars. The top lid is sealed but I wonder about …

Canning Jar quality 
I bought brand new Mason quart jars for canning cherries. Some of them have semi circle hair line looking cracks at the bottom of the jar. Are they …

Freshness of opened canned products 
Once I open canned pickles, for example, how long will they stay fresh in the fridge? __________________ answer: They should stay good about the …

White film on bottom of jar of pickles 
Some of my fresh-pack dill pickles have a white film on the bottom of the jar (12 hours after processing). Also this white film seems to have attached …

Open Kettle Canning - Inverting Jars 
Why do some recipes call for inverting jars for 2 days? Sharon's Answer Most likely you have a recipe that uses a method called open kettle …

Ethiopian Spaghetti Sauce 
I am canning an Ethiopian spaghetti sauce that uses Tomato sauce, Onions cooked in Olive oil, water and spices. Do I use hot water bath or pressure? …

Canning Sauces 
Hi. I am wanting to can up some of my sauces for meal-prep ease. Can I can Soy sauce, Catsup, Worcestershire, Sprite, Liquid smoke, or Barbecue sauce? …

Sour cream in soup 
I have a wonderful recipe for potato soup which has quickly become a favorite in our household. I have canned chili, stews and other soups, but not sure …

Liquid loss in Jars 
Help!!! It seems every time I pressure can I am losing nearly half of my liquid. The jars come out only two thirds full. What am I doing wrong? I have …

Canning Guava Fruit 
My mom has just arrived with 2 boxes of guava fruit. Do you have a canning recipe for me so that we can preserve some of them before they go off. Thanks …


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