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Category: Preservation

Common Pickle Problems

Can I use flaked salt for pickling? Most recipes call for granulated pickling or canning salt. Flake salt varies in density and is not recommended for pickling. When making quick process pickles,...

Preserving Vegetables

(Asparagus – Broccoli – Mushrooms – Okra – Peppers – Squash – Mixed Vegetables – Soups) Canning Asparagus — Spears or Pieces Quantity: An average of 24½ pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts;...

Freezing Basics

Freezing is one of the simplest and least time-consuming ways to preserve foods at home. Freezing does not sterilize food; the extreme cold simply retards growth of microorganisms and slows down...

Preserving Tomato Products

(Juice – Salsa – Sauces – Tomatoes with Okra) Canning Tomatoes & Tomato Products Tomatoes and tomato products have traditionally been canned in a boiling water bath (212 °F)....

Canning Foods at Home

Canning is an important, safe method of food preservation if practiced properly. The canning process involves placing foods in jars and heating them to a temperature that destroys microorganisms...

Preserving Foods

Unless food is preserved in some manner, it begins to spoil soon after it is harvested or slaughtered. The main methods of food preservation that will keep food safe are canning, freezing and...

Home Canning Equipment

Canning is the process in which foods are placed in jars or cans and heated to a temperature that destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. This heating and later cooling forms a vacuum seal....

Flavored Vinegars

Vinegars garnished with sprigs of herbs or a layer of berries adds extra flavor and excitement to dishes. Vinegars are easy and safe to make at home, provided a few simple precautions are followed....

Pickled Cucumbers

Bread-&-Butter Pickles Ingredients: 6 pounds of 4- to 5-inch pickling cucumbers 8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds) ½ cup canning or pickling salt 4 cups vinegar (5 percent) 4½ cups...

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