Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Not All Foods Can Be Home Canned

Myth: I should be able to safely can any of the canned foods I buy at the grocery store.

Answer: Busted!

Just because you buy something in a jar that was canned, does NOT mean that it is safe for you to try that at home. Commercial canning equipment often hits higher temperatures, operate in sterile environment, include lab testing of representative homogenized batch samples for pathogens, and other safeguards that do not exist in a home kitchen or with home equipment.

Two reliable sources for additional information can be found at Missouri Families or the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Contributor: Maude Harris, EdD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extention,

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