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How To Buy A Canner

Posted: May 29, 2014

Are you new to canning and thinking about buying your first canner, or have you considered canning meats and/or vegetables and know you need a pressure canner?

Maybe you have wondered about the steam canners you see in some stores. The internet savvy may have seen an electrical canner for small batch canning.

To determine the best canner or canners for you, you need to compare the features of different canners to meet your needs based upon the amount of canning you do, the type of food being canned, the type of stove on which the canner will be used, how the cost of the canner fits into your budget, and what added features are really useful to you.

Remember that low acid foods such as meats and vegetables that have not been acidified or pickled must be processed in a pressure canner to destroy botulism spores. High acid foods such as fruit and tomatoes that have been acidified with lemon juice or citric acid can be safely processed in boiling water. Many canner choices at various prices are available locally.

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