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When All Else Fails....

When All Else Fails....   8/19/16Last summer, some home canners reported having problems getting the canning lids to seal or stay sealed on their canning jars. The same problems are being reported by other home canners this year. 

The problem seems to be occurring when home canners go about their work “the way they’ve always done it.”  Since lids have changed, we need to change our technique.

The newer lids are made with a different plastic and do not require boiling.  Some do not even require heating, and boiling the lids before placing them on the jar can result in the lids popping open. 


The best thing to do is to read the directions on the box of lids to see what the manufacturer advises regarding pre-treatment of the lids. 

The other thing to remember is to not over-tighten the lids. Don’t use muscles when applying the screw bands.  They only need to be “fingertip tight.”

As produce is harvested from the garden and more plentiful than what you can use now or share with others, you may want to “put it up” for the winter.  Canning and freezing are common food preservation practices.  Be cautious about your sources of food preservation recipes.  Much of the information that is available online, from old cookbooks, or from well-meaning friends and relatives has not been tested for safety. 

Free, research-based information about freezing, drying and canning a variety of fruits and vegetables is available on the NDSU Extension Service website. Visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/food and click on “Food Preservation” for details.

Zucchini is often one of the most bountiful garden veggies.  It is a very versatile veggie and can be used in main dishes, side dishes, cakes, muffins, and other baked goodies.  For example, Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes!  That recipe is online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-be-inspired-by-zucchini.  If you are looking for some new ways to use zucchini, or recipes in general, check the NDSU Extension Service recipe file!  Recipes using zucchini are among the 109 pages of recipe titles you can find online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/recipes.    

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/harvest-canning-preserves-14417/  (downloaded 8/26/16)





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