You might be wondering how you can master the art of preserving canned food. The solution is quite simple yet a bit technical. So follow the steps carefully:
- Wash and preheat the containers
- Close the containers correctly
- Label and Date the Jars
Wash and preheat the containers
If you plan to get into food storing, cleanliness and hygiene are highly important. Let’s start with washing and preheating the containers for sterilization purposes. Whether it is brand new or being reused, clean containers are the basic requirement.
Ideally, we should start with washing the containers in a dishwasher or by hand to make sure there aren’t any pieces of debris, dust, and other unwanted germs that could harm the canned food. Washing is also the right time to inspect any leakage or damage in the containers to prevent others from being affected in the canned food pantry.
Close the Jars correctly
Knowing the amount of time and effort you have spent preparing for this unique storing mechanism, you don’t want it all to go to waste by realizing that your jars weren’t sealed correctly and throwing them away from the jars. There are a few ways to make sure your container is sealed the right way:
Press down on the center of the lid
There are two outcomes from this process you can potentially get, which will indicate whether the container is sealed properly.
If there are any movements after pressing down on the center of the lid, it means that the container has not been sealed properly, in which case you should try again with the process of sealing and make sure it is done correctly next time.
Feeling concave or solid is what you should be looking for when pressing down on the lid, which will indicate that your container is sealed the right way and good to go to be put in one of the foods pantry cabinets.
Tap on the Lid
While this technique would feel a little vague, it could indicate the status of your seal being either correct or otherwise. You would want to be completely satisfied with your seal, so the risks of your canned food getting ruined are low.
A tinny sound would mean that your seal is intact and good to go, but if your food is not leaving any headspace in the jar, it would also make the same sound. So it is better to leave the required headspace to get a successful result in this procedure.
If the sound you hear feels hollow, it means your sealing procedure needs some revision. The hollow sound could also be caused by small portions of food in the jar, so make sure you add enough liquid around the solid food and cover it.
Label and Date your jars
Even if you are not a fan of organizing or think there is no point in labeling each can, you would want to know if the Tomato Sauce is with jalapenos (your favorite) or without (just for backup). Dating your jars will help indicate the time left for the remaining cans in your designated canned food storage.
Having labels on your jar will help you find the results of your canning season by counting how much salsa sauce you have remaining and why you don’t have any apple sauce on the shelf. You can also make a batch log of your jars to prepare for the next canning season efficiently.
Knowing your oldest can be on the shelf is important if you don’t want any of your hard work to go to waste. Always add the manufacturing date and batch number if you are canning in bulk. It would be efficient to put the oldest can in the front so it is used before oxygen, spoilers, or microorganisms that we cannot see from our bare eyes get into the jar due to deterioration.
By the end of this blog, you are all caught up to speed and ready to shine through the magical journey of canning. It is now time to get started and rack up some jars on that pantry can holder so you can show it off to your family and friends on Thanksgiving. If you are looking for accessories or canning storage products, click here to make your pantry stand out from the rest.