Have you ever felt intimidated by the idea of home canning? Has it always seemed too complicated? If so, the new free canning app from Mother Earth News offers you the knowledge you need to start canning fruits and vegetables safely and efficiently. It takes the mystery out of canning and will help you fill your pantry with delicious, locally grown foods.
If you’re a beginning canner, you’ll get off to a great start because methods and processing times are drawn from science-based, research-tested U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) directions, as well as the Ball canning company, the leading supplier of canning supplies. Even if you’re an old hand at canning with years of experience, you’ll appreciate the easy-to-use portability of the app.
You’ll also find information on how much a bushel of peaches should weigh, for example, and an idea of how many quarts of canned peaches that bushel will turn into. So whether it’s several baskets of fresh berries at a roadside stand or the bushel of sweet corn you can’t resist at the farmers market, you’ll know exactly how much food you’ll have preserved when you finish.
The app provides information on how to can 10 fruits, from apples to strawberries, and 10 vegetables, from asparagus to squash. Tomatoes get their own treatment, with 7 ways to preserve them, including salsa. There are instructions on when to use a waterbath canner and when to use a pressure canner.
There are also with easy-to-use charts that show processing times for each method. If you’ve been daunted by pressure canning, the app will help you. The easy-to-understand explanations and directions will defuse pressure canning’s intimidation factor.
Find out more about this app and others, plus links for the apps in the App Store and Android Marketplace, in Apps for Wiser Living.
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