Here are the four most frequently asked questions about home canning.
Q. When do I need to use a pressure canner?
A. A pressure canner is needed when canning meats and vegetables. If you attempt to process meats and vegetables using the boiling water canner method you will not have a safe canned product. Pressure canner's are much safer to use now a days than in your Grandmother's generation. Follow the instructions before using or if you are still unsure of how to safely use on consider taking a class.
Q. When canning vegetables, do I have to add salt?
A. No, you do not need to add salt when canning vegetables. The use of salt is just a personal preference and is not used as a preservative.
Q. Do I need to use canning jars?
A. Yes, it is very important that you use jars designed for home canning. They will ensure a proper seal by the lids and bands fitting on them correctly. These jars will also with stand the pressure and the heat of a pressure canner. Once you have proper canning jars they can be reused year to year. Just remember to inspect them for chips and cracks before using any jar.
Q. Do I have to buy brand new lids each time?
A. Yes, brand new lids are imperative to achieving a good seal. Lids are one piece of canning equipment that you will want to avoid reusing. Canning jars and bands can be reused each canning season but lids cannot.
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By: Rhonda Percell - Wife, Mother of 3, and owner of JRK Family Outdoors