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Canning

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Canning is a method used for the preservation of a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and meats. Pressure canning or water bath canning is used to preserve food based on the acidity level of the selected food. When proper canning practices are followed, the quality of fresh foods can be extended to safely consume many months beyond their usual expiration and decline in quality.

All Canning Content

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Preservation

SDSU Extension provides established and trusted research-based food preservation information.

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Chokecherry Jelly

Try this research-tested recipe for chokecherry jelly courtesy of University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension.

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Home Food Preservation Self-Study Course

This course provides research-based information on food preservation.

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Canning Jar Update

Before you start canning, take some time to learn the latest canning jar safety updates, including safe jar types, lid selection and handling practices.

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Canners Beware: Botulism

Botulism is a serious, rare illness that is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a concern when it comes to canning and fermenting foods, as the anaerobic conditions can cause the Clostridium botulinum spores to create a harmful toxin.

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Canning With Less Sugar

As low and no-added-sugar food products have become increasingly popular, new alternative canning recipes have been created. It is possible to preserve fruits with little or no added sugar, which is great for those who prefer reduced calories.

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How to Can Peaches

While peach season is only May through September, you can enjoy peaches all year by preserving them through safe canning methods. Learn how to can peaches in your own kitchen with these step-by-step instructions.

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Modifying Canning Recipes

Understanding how swapping ingredients, adding ingredients, increasing or decreasing ingredients and making changes to processing plays a vital role in ensuring that home-canned products are safe.

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Master Food Preserver Volunteer Program

If you enjoy preserving food, volunteering and helping your community, SDSU Extension's Master Food Preserver volunteer program may be for you!

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Canning on Smooth Stovetop

Learn about the Dos and Don'ts of canning on a smooth stovetop.