Food Preservation & Canning

What's  In Home Canning?

 Cost calculation worksheets are now available

Cost of Canning calculation worksheet (download)

Cost of Freezing calculation worksheet (download)


Take our Self-Guided Canning Class

We have recently made our Canning 101 class available online.  This may be used as a self-study or to teach others the basics of canning.  If you have questions after viewing the materials, please contact our office.  We hope this is a useful tool for you and your family!  *HANDOUTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!  Click on the link above to access the class and handouts.

 
USDA Guide "Complete Guide to Home Canning"

 

Interested in becoming a Master Food Preserver?

How should I adjust my processing time for elevation in Utah county?

Utah County Processing Times

Utah County Elevations


ARE YOU READY FOR CANNING SEASON?

Remember to have your pressure canner gauge tested every year for accuracy. It takes only minutes to test and will ensure safe canning processes.  We can test Presto canners at the Extension office.   Make sure to process your jars for the accurate amount of time.  


 

  Need a Good Salsa Recipe?

We are often asked for a tested and safe salsa recipe that actually tastes good and is not too “vinegarish!”  Utah County Extension has several approved recipes that have been taste-tested over the past few years.  These favorites are: Fiesta Salsa and Zesty Salsa in the Ball Blue Book.  The newest edition of the Ball Blue Book is available in the Utah County Extension Office for $6.50.  We also have other salsa recipes as well as many other pamphlets and recipes for food preservation, nutrition, meal planning, etc., in our office.  Stop in! 

Acidification for Tomatoes

To ensure safe acidity in whole, crushed, or juiced tomatoes, add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or ½ teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice or ¼ teaspoon citric acid. Acid should be added directly to the jars before filling with product. Add sugar to offset acid taste, if desired. Four tablespoons of a 5% acidity vinegar per quart may be used instead of lemon juice or citric acid. However, vinegar may cause undesirable flavor changes. We recommend lemon juice or citric acid.

Steam Canners

The USDA does not recommend the use of steam canners due to inadequate research and testing.  However, Utah State University has tested the steam canners and has found them to be safe and adequate for processing certain foods if used according to instructions and safe canning procedures.  Due to botulism poisoning potential, steam canners may NOT be used for for meats, tomatoes, and vegetables.  If you choose to use a steam canner for jams, jellies, or fruits, only USDA approved and tested recipes and canning times should be used. Processing times for boiling-water bath canners may be used for steam canners.  It is very important to follow instructions and be sure that an 8 to 10-inch plume of steam is present during the entire processing time. The water must not run out before the end of processing.

Please call our office (801) 851-8460 with any canning questions or concerns (Monday - Friday 8:30 am --4:30 pm, except state and federal holidays). The websites below also provide up-to-date, researched and SAFE information on canning and food preservation.


 Additional Resources

Check out these websites for safe, updated, USDA-approved canning recipes, procedures and frequently asked questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

USU Extension
National Center for Home Food Preservation

The Ball Blue Book of Preserving Home Canner’s Help Line:

             1-800-240-3340
             http://www.freshpreserving.com

             Note: The Ball Book is available in our office for $6.50

Links from The National Center For Home Food Preservation

             Main Page http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/ (includes Frequently Asked Questions)

Freezing foods http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze.html

Drying Foods http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/dry.html

How do I store? http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/store.html    

Publications: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/publications_nchfp.html 

Resources from USU Extension:

Major Canning Sins

Using Pressure Canners

Using Boiling Water Bath Canners

Canning Breads

Using a Steam Canner

Storage Cupboard Times

Hazardous Food Preservation and Storage Advice

Other Useful Links 

How do I freeze? Click here for links to additional resources

Recipes from USU Extension http://extension.usu.edu/utah/htm/fcs/food-preservation-canning/recipes

The University of Georgia—canning fact sheets, So Easy To Preserve, and other Publications
http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/publications_uga.html