Home Food Preservation: Are You Ready?
Home food preservation season is quickly approaching. Are you ready? There are several things you can do now to prepare for the upcoming canning season. Take this time to organize and inspect your supplies, make a list of what you need, have your pressure gauge tested, and purchase any needed supplies.
You will need to have your dial gauge tested. Call your local extension office to see if they can test your dial gauge. Make sure all canner parts are in good working order and replace the gasket if necessary.
Check your jars and determine if you have enough canning jars on hand. Check the jars for scratches, nicks, and chips. You will need to discard jars with defects.
Two-piece metal canning lids and bands are recommended for canning. Make sure bands are undented and rust free. The lids should be used only once however, bands in good condition may be reused.
If it is your first time canning, you may need some additional supplies. Here is a list of a few supplies you will need to get started.
Boiling Water Bath Canner – this is a large pot with a canning rack and lid. The canner must be deep enough to fit jars plus 1 to 2 inches of water above the tops of jars.
Liquid measuring cups, dry measuring cups and measuring spoons
Lid lifter or wand
Wide mouth jar funnel
Canning jars with two-piece lids
Sieve, food mill, or fruit press (if you have a potato masher this will work as well)
Jelly or candy thermometer
Tested recipes (these can be found on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.
You may want to take a class in home food preservation. We will be hosting 5 different classes this season and the classes will be offered during the morning and evening to help fit in your schedule. These classes are being offered virtually so register today before they fill up.