KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The National Center for Home Food Preservation and the United States Department of Agriculture has approved steam canning as a safe method of home food preservation.
Steam canning can only be used to preserve high acid foods such as fruits, acidified tomatoes, pickled products, jams, jellies and preserves. For foods to be preserved in a steam canner, the recipes must have a processing time of 45 minutes or less. Processing foods in a steam canner beyond 45 minutes is unsafe because of the small amount of water the canner base will hold. The majority of high acid foods are processed in 45 minutes or less.
There are many advantages in using a steam canner when processing high acid foods.
- Steam canners are lightweight.
- A steam canner does not heat up a kitchen as much as a boiling water bath canner.
- Steam canners take significantly less water than a boiling water bath canner.
- The small amount of water needed for a steam canner makes it very easy to fill and handle.
- Due to the small amount of water in steam canners time and energy is saved in reaching the 212º Fahrenheit processing temperature. It also takes much less energy to maintain steam than boiling water.
- Steam canners are easy to empty since there is little water in comparison to a boiling water bath canner.
So if you want to learn about canning with a steam canner be sure to register for the upcoming May 21 class in Kalamazoo! Leatta Byrd and I will be having a steam canning workshop on:
May 21 at
Kalamazoo County Expo Center
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2900 Lake St., Room C
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
There is a $20 registration fee.
Contact Jeannie Nichols at email@example.com 517-439-9301 or Leatta Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org 269-384-8063
or register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/fpkazoomay2019
We hope to see you there,
MSU Extension Nutrition and Food Safety Educator
For more information about the nutrition program at MSU Extension contact Jeannie Nichols at email@example.com 517-439-9301 or Leatta Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org 269-384-8063 or visit our web site at https://www.canr.msu.edu/outreach/county.
Click the link for a flyer: Steam canning flier Kazoo May 2019
— Michigan State University Extension
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