Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Finding Canning Directions on the Internet

The Internet has opened up a world of information for us right from our home! It's a great source of food preservation information. Unfortunately, it's also a great source of information that may not be based on fact. So how do you know if what you find can be used to preserve safe, high quality food?

It's important to use canning directions and recipes that are based on current research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) takes the lead in recommending canning directions and recipes. These have been scientifically tested, usually in University laboratories. Special equipment is used to determine recommended canning methods and processing times and pressures.

A good website to start your search for information is the Penn State Food Preservation website http://extension.psu.edu/food-safety/food-preservation. Here you will find canning directions and recipes and links to the latest information on home canning and other ways of preserving food. Some of what you'll find includes: