I’ve been using a pressure canner for years. Although some foods can be safely canned in a water bath canner, other foods NEED to be canned using a pressure canner. Food safety is so important to me and it should be important to you too.
I never want to open a jar of home canned food and wonder if it is good to eat. Sometimes you can see signs of spoilage, but sometimes you cannot. I don’t want to feed anyone food that has been unsafely canned.
This makes me pretty ANAL about how I go about storing food. I take ZERO shortcuts, I make sure my equipment is clean and my lids and seals are in good shape. If there is rust on a ring, I toss it. Even though the ring is never in direct contact with the food, I still throw it out.
When I look at my stocked pantry, filled with homecanned foods like lamb stew, green beans, carrots, beets, pickles, jams, jellies and a lot of other items, I get such a sense of pleasure. Pleasure because I know exactly what is (and what isn’t) in my homecanned food.
Pleasure because I love the look of all those pretty jars on the shelf. Pleasure because I can feed my family good healthy food that is safe to eat.
Are you as anal as I am when it comes to putting your food by? If not, you should be! Never take a chance – it is not worth it if someone you love gets sick, or even worse, dies from incorrectly canned food.
Read about how I home can salmon to learn the process I use for using the pressure canner. If you want to learn how to can food using a water bath canner, check out my post on canning cherries.
After reading these posts, think seriously about buying a canning book. The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is a really good resource.
If you are going to can anything with meat in it, it MUST be pressure canned.
I’ve had my pressure canner for over 10 years and it still works great. I’m replacing the gasket this year and ordered it through Amazon.
So, if you’re new to the idea of preserving your own food, don’t be afraid. If I can do it, you can too. Just remember to always think of Safety First and by the end of this year’s harvest, you will be able to put your own home canned jars of great food in your pantry. If you have questions, please ask away in the Comment section.
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