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Jar Sterilization Methods Made Easy
Posted By Tess Pennington
On December 17, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
Canning and preserving food is a rewarding and frugal way to create a reliable food pantry for your family. On the other hand, anyone who has put up food knows that it is a process in and of itself. It requires pre-planning, food preparation and above all fuel . Because jars must be sterilized first in order to preserve food in an environment where molds and bacteria cannot grow, your fuel consumption is doubled. However, you have options that may benefit your specifics needs.
Did you know that there are certain foods that do not require jars to be sterilized? According to the USDA’s handbook “Home Canning: Principles of Home Canning” , empty jars used for vegetables, meats, and fruits to be processed in a pressure canner need not be sterilized. It is also unnecessary to sterilize jars for fruits, tomatoes, and pickled or fermented foods that will be processed 10 minutes or longer in a boiling-water canner. For all other foods, a sterilization method needs to be used.
The sterilization methods listed below can help you customize your preferred canning process and in some cases, reduce your fuel usage.
This method is great if you’re short on time. Wash the jars in the dishwasher and then simply leave them there until ready to fill. Keeping the door to the dishwasher closed keeps in the steam and heat. Remove the jars a couple at a time as needed.
Stove Top Method
If you live above 1,000 feet in altitude, add one minute of boiling time for each 1,000 foot increase in elevation.
Having an outdoor oven with a cooking surface could prove favorable in an emergency where you are off the grid. Some outdoor cooking options for canning are:
Whatever method of outdoor canning you use, make sure you have plenty of wood to burn in order to keep the heat high enough to maintain the pressure in a pressure canner or to maintain a hard boil in a water bath canner. Your method should allow you to tend the fire without moving your canning pot. You should also have plenty of heavy towels and heat protection for adding and removing your jars from the canner. Extreme caution should be used when cooking over an open fire. Click here to read more about off-grid canning .
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