Canning of Fruits And Vegetables Made Easy!

Home made tomotoe pureeWhen the time of harvest has finally arrived, you can enjoy the fruits and vegetables you have planted during summer. Often times you will find some of the fruits and vegetables are in excess and you do not know what to do with them. Having that kind of dilemma, you may want to engage in canning your fruits and vegetables.

 

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Canning to the Rescue

The basics of canning are correlated to food preservation of the fruits and vegetables you have grown in your organic garden, or purchased from a local organic market… if you want more of them for later. Food preservation is about treating and handling of food to prevent them from getting spoiled. One great thing about canning is that seasonal fruits and vegetables can last you long after they become scarce in the market. In this way, you can save money and you can still enjoy eating your favourite ones as well… whenever you want too.

Some of the benefits of food canning are:

  • It is nature-friendly since wastefulness is reduced.
  • It is economical, especially if they were grown in your own organic garden.
  • The fruits and vegetables taste better and are fresher.
  • There are no toxic additives used.

 Here is a short video on canning vegetables.

How Does It Work?

The food is stored in a jar. Afterwards, the food inside it will undergo the process of heating. When the food is heated at a certain temperature, the germs causing the food to spoil are killed. Also, the air inside the jar is removed. When the jar has already cooled down, it will create a seal that will prevent any bacteria from entering it.

The process of preserving your fruits and vegetables is simple and easy. All you have to do is to follow these steps in order for you to have successful food preservation.

  1. Sterilization of containers to be used. Before sterilizing the containers you will be using, make sure that you have washed it beforehand with warm soapy water. Afterwards, soak them into a boiling water bath for ten minutes. Then, remove them from the water bath. However, ensure that the lids do not come in contact with anything before sealing them.
  2. Prepare the fruits and vegetables. You can dice or slice those fresh fruits and veggies in whatever way you want.
  3. Submerge the fruits and vegetables into boiling water. Before pouring boiling water to the fruits and vegetables, make sure that the jar is not completely filled in order to provide enough space in preparation for the boiling process.
  4. Place the jars in a water bath. This process usually takes place for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the jars from the water bath and then cool.
  6. Store the preserved fruits and vegetables and label them properly.

And voila! Your fruits and veggies can last for years and you are guaranteed that they will taste as good as the usual freshly picked fruits and vegetables from your garden.

 

 


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