Preserving your garden’s bounty from one year to the next, knowing exactly what is in your food, helping reduce food costs, and making unique and special gifts for friends are just some of the reasons for canning foods at home. Canning is a science and an important and safe way to preserve food…if it is done correctly. Food preservation techniques have changed over the years as our scientific knowledge grows so it is critical to only use recipes and directions from reputable sources such as USDA, Extension, the National Center for Home Food Preservation, the Ball Blue Book or So Easy To Preserve.
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