Basics of How to Pressure Can Part 2

Carrying off from where we stopped in our last article, canning needs supplies and to make sure you’re getting off with the greatest deals you have to wait for the sale. Jars and canners could be found on sale during mid-summer so if you’re planning on canning every year, you should think of acquiring your supplies for a low price since you will need few extra jars and a good quality, heavy duty pressure canner.

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Choosing the Right Size of Canning Jars

Now after getting your supplies ready, choosing the kind of vegetables you want to can, you should think of how to distribute the canned items in your jars. In large families, it is usually more advised to can in quart jars (about 4 cups) since they are larger and can hold more food than the pint jars and will allow you to save more place in your cupboards. But there is something else to consider as well, which is the use of the canned items. Always consider the recipes you will be using them in and the quantity you might need, to avoid stocking a lot of opened jars in your fridge.

Choosing the Model of Your Pressure Canner

Home pressure canners have been extensively remodeled in the latest years. You should opt for a canner that will hold at least 4 quart jars. Pressure canners can have a dial gauge or a weighted gauge. The dial gauge models are easier to determine the exact amount of pressure inside the machine while the weighted gauge models are designed to jiggle while maintaining the proper pressure. The choice of a dial or weight gauge model is totally up to you however for the beginner I suggest the dial type canner since is it easier to see.

Steps to Follow Before Every Session:

A crucial step, before every canning process, after thoroughly reading (and perhaps re-reading) the instruction booklet that is included with your canner. Some canner companies has a helpline or website where you can ask questions. If they do don’t be afraid to use this service! Honestly we were not born canning experts.

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Always inspect your canner for any type of flaws. There is a gasket inside your canner, this is an important little gadget because without this your canner, will not can! In fact it would not be a bad idea to buy and extra just incase something happens to the original one. Grease the gasket using some type of vegetable oil. Make sure that the tiny hole that allows steam to escape is open, you really don’t want your canner to explode. And at the same time, you want to make sure that the pressure value is tightly closed.

Now that you have examined and better understand your canner,  you can prep your fresh food, wash your jars and rims and get the lids ready.You can wash your jars, rims and get the lids ready.

While these two articles just cover the basics of preparing to can I hope that they have inspired you and helped you. Pick a food and “Happy Canning!”

Rachel Ballard is an expert on food preparation and believes that canning is part of urban survival training. When she is not doing something food related, she is a regular contributor to Dan’s  

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