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Do I Need to Use a Canner and How to Choose a Canner

Why do I need to Use a Canner?

How to Choose a Canner

If you are considering canning foods at home, home food preservation, making jams, jellies, salsa, sauces, fruit butters, pickles, etc., you may be using a hand-me-down recipe and a method that is prone to spoilage and food poisoning.

Using lab tested recipes (like ours) is part of the solution, but so is using the proper method and canning equipment.

See this page for an explanation ofwhy you should use a canner.


This page for how to choose the proper type and brand of canner

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  1. Iowa State University - Answer Line
  2. University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service - Methods of Canning (PDF)
  3. The "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA (Revised 1994).


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