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Mastering Food Preservation: Tomatoes & Tomato Products

Tomatoes are often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of canning. They preserve well and, whether put up as sauce, crushed or left whole, are versatile to cook with in canned form. I’ve been canning tomatoes … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Canning Marathon — Roma, Juliet & Blush Tomatoes

For the last several years, I’ve set aside Labor Day weekend for canning tomatoes. We don’t have enough space nor the conditions in which to grow tomatoes in quantity, and  rely on local farmers for additional supplies. It’s been an … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Freezing Fruit

The fifth session of the Master Food Preserver Program was timed to coincide with raspberry season. Unfortunately, an infestation of Spotted Wing Drosophila decimated the local farmers’ crop. Fruit growers are keeping a watch on this new pest as it spreads throughout the region, the … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Pickles & Relish

Canning pickles helps to free up precious refrigerator space, and preserves them for longer term storage. With some of my previous attempts resulting in less than satisfactory pickles, I was looking forward to picking up some tips for crispier pickles … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Freezing & Canning Low-Acid Vegetables

As a general rule, it’s the acidity of an ingredient that determines the method of canning that should be used. Low acid foods (ph greater than 4.6), such as vegetables and meat, require processing in a pressure canner in order … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: On BPA in Canning Lids

With growing concern over the presence of BPA in canned goods, the safety of canning lids used for home processing is also being questioned. From Alan Majka of the UMaine Cooperative Extension: I’ve received quite a few questions from consumers … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Drying & Herbs

A line of jars aglow with colorful herbal vinegars greeted us as we arrived at our third Master Food Preserver training session. The evening’s focus was on drying and herbs, and the flavored vinegars were samples of just one of … Continue reading

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