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Free Canning App Helps with Food Preservation

Free Canning App Helps with Food Preservation

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.

Related: Home Canning Is Hot, Homemade Maraschino Cherries and Tomato Jam Recipe

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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8:55AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thank you

8:07AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:57PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Years ago, when I was growing up on a large dairy in Wash State. We would can mid Aug. thur Sept. my grandmother , aunts & I did allot of canning. Our root cellar was always full for the coming winter to spring, until we planted our 1 acre garden again. Thanks

6:16PM PDT on May 6, 2012

Thanks

8:02PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

I used to do some canning but have gotten away from it. I think I'll try doing a little again. Thanks.

1:25PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Canning is messy and time consuming, but so worth it. Thanks

12:14PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Nothing you can buy in a store is ever as healthy or as tasty as homemade. Canning is one way to get the most out of your vegetable garden long after the growing season is over.

5:49AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thanks for the article.

2:27AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thanks

2:26AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Good to know but don't think I'll try it!

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