Choose the Right Canner for Home Canning

Pam Schmutz,
Home & Garden Information Center

Many myths exist about safe ways to can foods. The reality is that food must be processed using the right equipment and the right recipes to ensure safety. The type of canner you need depends on the food you want to preserve. A water bath canner is used to preserve acid foods like fruits and pickled foods. Low-acid foods, like vegetables and meats, must be canned in a pressure canner. Tomatoes can be processed in either type of canner, but always add lemon juice to be sure they are acid enough.

For more information on choosing the right canner see, HGIC 3025 Choose the Right Canner for Home Canning.

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