Can Your Own Food Safely

Edited by Emmanuel M. Lardizabal, Anonymous, Eng, Mian Sheilette Ong and 3 others

Asset101.1221 canning.jpg

Canning and preserving is a great way of saving food. It is done not only to save money but to ensure that you are getting wholesome foods with no unwanted additives and preservatives which are often found in commercially canned foods.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

You can prepare things like spaghetti sauce where you can do it by preserving it in a jar. Preserving your food is also a great way to take advantage of fruits and vegetable while they are in season. You can preserve fresh peaches during the season and enjoy their fresh taste for the rest of the year.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

In the past,preserving foods was a way of life. Today however, not as many people are willing to put forth the time and effort required for canning and preserving the food, as it is time consuming and may require some extra effort.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Ad

Equipment Needed For Canning

  • Canning jars in the size of your choice.
    File3501347375923.jpg
  • Canning lids and rings.
  • A large canning pot with a wire rack for processing your canned goods.
    862679556 a58196585e.jpg
  • A wide mouth funnel and canning tongs for handling hot jars.
    6907436449 50705ca252.jpg

Steps in Canning

  1. 1
    Clean and sterilize your canning jars.
    This can be done by submerging them in boiling water to kill any bacteria present on the jars. Running them through a dishwasher is also an acceptable way to sterilize the jars. Some dishwashers actually have a sterilize cycle.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Prepare the food that you plan to preserve whether it is cutting up fruits and vegetables.
    You can also prepare complete recipes for things like jams or spaghetti sauce and get your food ready to be jarred.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    1377716495jbf50.jpg
    Place the foods in the jars and seal them with the lids and rings.
    When pouring hot liquid into a jar, be sure to lower temperature of the jar first. This can be done by placing a few inches of very hot water into the jar and allowing it to sit for about 5 minutes to warm the jar. If you put hot food into a cold jar it could shatter and cause serious injuries.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Put the jars into the wire rack and lower them gently into the pot of water.
    They should be boiled with the required amount of time for the food that you are canning.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    When it is ready, lift the wire rack and jars out of the pot and place them onto a dry towel.
    Make sure that there are no drafts because cool air hitting the hot jars could also make them shatter.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Use the rubber tongs to lift the hot jars onto a safe surface and cover the jars with a towel to keep them away from drafts.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    As your jars cool you should hear a very distinctive "pop" as each jar seals.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    When the jars are completely cooled they should be stored in a cool place until ready for use.
    Before storing your preserved food, gently press down of the center of the cap to make sure that it has been sealed.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Examples of canned goods

Canned dill pickles

Ingredients.

  1. 1
    Dill pickles.
    Asset101.1221 dill pickles.jpg
    You can choose either ripe or unripe pickles. However, it is best to use the unripe ones in preservation.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Use onion, garlic, pepper, and salt if it is necessary.
    You also need vinegar in making your canned dill pickles. If you want it to be spicy, add chili peppers (powdered or fresh).
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Water.
    Some water is needed in making canned dill pickles.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Steps

  1. 1
    Clean the container.
    Wash and dry it thoroughly.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Wash the dill pickles properly to remove the unwanted dirt.
    Slice the dill pickles whether horizontally or vertically into piece so that each piece can absorb the spices and have good flavor after several days. After slicing, put the dill pickle inside the dry jar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Chop or mince the garlic and onions.
    You can also have the option of keeping the garlic whole. You can also add ginger in flavoring your dill pickles.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Add in your garlic, onion, and ginger.
    Add the peppers next. After putting all these spices, pour in the vinegar to about half of the jar. Add a bit of water to fill in the remaining half of the jar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Cover the jar.
    Use a clean plastic bag as a means to prevent leaks.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Shake the jar to mix the ingredients.
    This can also help you spot any leaks so that you can fix them at the soonest.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Preserve your canned goods for at least 3-5 days then you may consume it.
    If it is still in the fridge after five days, consume it as long as it is still good.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Canned cucumber

Ingredients.

  1. 1
    Cucumbers.
    Asset101.1221 Cucumbers1.jpg
    Chop or slice your cucumbers into sticks. Cucumbers are healthy. They have plenty of nutrients needed by the body. You can eat them raw or cooked. You can also use them as edible garnish.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Spices.
    You need peppers, garlic and onions.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Vinegar.
    It is good in preserving foods. It also helps in making the food tastier.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Ginger may also be added.
    The choice is up to you.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Water.
    A small amount of water is needed in making your canned cucumber.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Steps.

  1. 1
    Wash the cucumber to remove the dirt.
    You can leave the skin on if you want to. Cucumber peels can also be eaten. Slice the cucumbers vertically, horizontally or diagonally depending on your preference. You should slice it thinly so that it can easily absorb the flavors. After slicing the cucumber, put it in the jar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Prepare the spices needed in making your canned cucumber.
    You can mince the garlic and the onion or chop them coarsely if you want. The garlic and onion give flavor to your canned cucumber. You can also use chili peppers if you want a spicy canned cucumber.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Cover the jar.
    If you don't have a seal maker, use a clean piece of plastic in sealing your canned cucumber.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    You can preserve the canned cucumber for 3-5 days before consuming it.
    If it lapse after 5 days, be sure to check if it is good before consuming it.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Canned tomato

Ingredients.

  1. 1
    Tomatoes.
    Asset101.1221 tomato1.jpg
    Chop them or slice them into wedges. Tomatoes are fruits which are rich in Lycopene. Lycopene is a nutrient beneficial to your health. Tomatoes are used in different purposes such as sauces, salads and beverages.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Garlic, onions, and ginger (optional).
    Peppers are also needed in making canned tomatoes.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Vinegar is also very important.
    It's the main preserving agent.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Water.
    A certain amount of water is needed to be mixed with our spices and with the vinegar. It helps bind the flavors together and tame the acidity given by the vinegar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Steps.

  1. 1
    Wash the tomatoes properly to remove any trace of dirt.
    This is also to save our health from eating dirty foods. You can marinate whole tomatoes as well. You will have the decision whether you prefer to slice it or not. Place your tomatoes in the clean jar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Prepare the spices.
    Mince or chop the garlic, peppers and onions. Place them in the jar. Pour in your vinegar half way. You need to put water to fill the remaining space in the jar.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Cover the jar.
    If you don't have a seal then you can use clean plastic to cover the jar. place the plastic over the open mouth of the jar before putting the original cover.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Shake the jar to mix the ingredients.
    Shaking it mixes all the ingredients thoroughly. It also helps in checking for leaks.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Store in your fridge.
    You can keep your canned tomatoes for 3-5 days before consuming it. If it exceed five days, check it if it is still good for consumption.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Asset101.1221
Premier Author
60 Articles Started
530 Article Edits
14,925 Points
Asset101.1221 is a premier author with VisiHow. Asset101.1221 has achieved the level of "Gunnery Sergeant" with 14,925 points. Asset101.1221 has started 60 articles (including this one) and has also made 530 article edits. 329,000 people have read Asset101.1221's article contributions.
Asset101.1221's Message Board
Asset101.1221: Hi, my name is Asset101.1221.
Asset101.1221: Can I help you with your problem about "Can Your Own Food Safely"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Noindexed pages | Preservation & Storing

Recent edits by: Robbi, Rebecca M., Mian Sheilette Ong

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 739 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No