Home Canning Safety: Keep Your Family Healthy & Spoil Rate Low

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Canning safety is simply a matter of avoiding risks. Use safe home canning methods. Any risk you can name regarding home canning is very easily avoidable. Learn how here.

Be clean. Use commonsense. Did you know life is full of risk? Sure you did. We all take risks all the time. Simple, everyday things are risky. What about driving to town? Crossing the street?

Various jars of home canned vegetables and fruits sitting on the countertop.

I am not trying to cause home canning “fear”…. I have been preserving at home with no problems for many years. I just want to emphasize safety procedures. Check out the articles below.  I’ve included links to articles that answer many questions people ask.

Risk taking or avoiding?

We also take steps to lessen the risks. We drive safely. We wear seat belts. We teach our children to look both ways when crossing the street. The same is true of canning safety. Look both ways, lessen the risks. Take the steps to be safe, and you will enjoy feeding your family just like you enjoy being able to jump in the car and go to the grocery store.

Are you a seat belt wearer? I am.

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Canning Safety Articles

Basic Canning Information

Jars of home canned food that have lost liquid during processing.
Number one Canning Question ever asked… so I will list it first. Find the answer here.
Do I choose a water bath canner or a pressure canner? And why? That is a common question ~ and a good one. Learn how to choose the right method for your project.
Jars of colorful home canned food.
Before you fill your first jar, or use your home canning recipes from your great grandmother, it is important to understand what you are doing. Decisions are much easier when you know why.
Pressure canner sitting on the countertop with various jars of food surrounding it.
Home Canning at high altitude above 1,000 feet requires careful adjustments to your recipe. Changes need to be made for high-altitude water bath canning, steam canning, and pressure canning.
All American and Presto pressure canners side by side.
Pressure canning is for canning vegetables and meats. These are low-acid foods and need the high heat that a pressure canner provides. Don't let it intimidate you! You can do this.
Black graniteware water bath canner sitting on the stove.
Water bath canning is the perfect place for a beginning canner to start. By the end of this article you’ll have the confidence to pull our your canner and start with some simple projects.
Lifting the lid of a steam canner with jars of peaches in the pot.
Steam canners are similar to water-bath canners. They are both used to process high acid home-canned food. However, there are some definite differences not only in how they work. These are general instructions on how to use a steam canner; be sure to check your canner's manual for more details.

Special Canning Methods

I totally understand that pressure canners can be intimidating. And I also understand why people would want to use an instant pot for canning. Pressure Canning with an Instant Pot. Can you?? Or can’t you?? Why?
Image of the Presto Electric Canner sitting on a kitchen counter.
So many many questions about using an electric pressure canner. Is it safe? What about the one from Presto? Learn about the safety aspects and what I see coming from extension services and the NCFHFP. You might be pleased to hear what I found.
A graniteware canner sitting on a white glasstop stove.
I realized that I really needed to address the issue of canning on a glass top stove because I’m asked about it a LOT! So is it safe? Yes…and no. It’s complicated.
3 finished jars of strawberries sitting on a red checked dish towel. 
Discover small batch canning. Perfect for solo canners, cooking for two, or thoughtful gifts. Scale down recipes & maintain safety.

Safety Concerns

Jars of food in a pressure canner.
This page may be scary to some people. I truly don’t want to scare you! This is actually a canning risk that is easily avoided by following safe home canning tested procedures and the proper canning methods.
Jars of colorful home canned food sitting in front of a rustic wooden background.
I want to emphasize that there is a lot of wisdom in SOME of the old ways…I’m not saying your grandmother or aunt or whoever was crazy. Absolutely not! Many old-fashioned skills are fading away, and that is so very sad. Some of the old ways can be improved upon. Not discarded, but made better.
Jars of various home canned fruits and veggies.
In this article, we’ll address common canning errors and guide you on how to salvage your precious jars, emphasizing safety and quality. By the end, you’ll confidently rectify canning mishaps, with an emphasis on safety and saving your hard work.
Removing bubbles from a jar of pumpkin cubes.
This is a guest post about misunderstandings in canning by reader Freda Bradely. She brings up some good points, including some of the potential dangers associated with canning using the old methods. I thought I’d share it with you…and Freda agreed.
A bowl of freshly picked green beans in the garden.
In this article, we’ll discuss why water bath canning plain green beans is not recommended. But… don’t click away just yet. We’ll also discuss how your green beans CAN be preserved when you don’t have a pressure canner. So all is good!
Hot jars of tomatoes packed inside the canner.
How to Can Tomatoes the way want to. Information on adding lemon juice or other acidification, safe adaptations, seasonings, canning methods and more.
Jars filled with home canned food sitting next to a shiny canner.
I often get questions from people who are asking about re-canning store-purchased foods. Especially when it is purchased in those large, #10-size cans. But is it a good idea? Is it safe? Is it really economical?

General Home Canning Information

Jars of colorful home canned food lined up on a wooden ledge.
This article is not about how to process your foods during the home canning process. It is rather about the choice of boiling the food before you serve it. Some say yes, you need to boil your meats and veggies prior to serving them…some say you don’t.
Empty canning jars drying on a counter.
Did you know that sterilizing jars for home canning is not always needed? You DO need to start with clean jars, so yes…do wash them, either in a dishwasher or by hand with hot, soapy water and a clear water rinse. If you need to sterilize your jars, heres how.
A strangely bubbling jar of canned tomatoes.
Do you know how to recognize spoiled food? Sometimes it is obvious…sometimes not.
canning greens blanch
How blanching food makes it easier to freeze and dehydrate it. Includes step-by-step instructions for steam blanching and boiling water blanch. Information on microwave blanching and printable blanching time charts.
Jars and jars of fruit sitting on the countertop.
What do you need to know about preparing canned food for storage? Here are some tips.

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