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How to Recognize Safe Food

Barbara Willenberg, Former Associate State Nutrition Specialist

Jo Britt-Rankin, State Nutrition Specialist

 

Help For the Home Canner


Safe home canning methods will protect you and your family from illness. Here are some suggestions:

 

  • Use fresh, high quality food.
  • Use jars made for canning and two-piece metal lids.
  • Always use new "flats."
  • Pack foods hot and use correct headspace.
  • Cool jars before storing.
  • Store canned foods in a cool, dry, dark place.
  • Try to can no more food than you will use in a year.
  • Process meat, poultry, fish and vegetables in a pressure canner.
  • Process fruits, pickles, jam and jelly in a boiling-water canner.
  • Never use unsafe methods like oven canning, microwave canning or open-kettle canning.
  • Refer to University of Missouri Outreach & Extension canning guides which can be found at http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/hesguide/foodnut/index.htm.

 

What to do with spoiled canned food
 

If you think food is spoiled, handle with care and never taste it. Treat like it contains botulism poison:


If food is spoiled and still in sealed jars or cans, then:

 

  • Put them in a heavy, plastic garbage bag;
  • Tie bag tightly and put it in a trash can or bury it in a landfill.

 

If food is spoiled and jars or cans have become unsealed, then:
 

  • Carefully put them on their side in a large pan;
  • Wash your hands carefully;
  • Add water to the pan slowly until it cover jars or cans-be careful not to splash;
  • Put a lid on the pan and heat until it boils;
  • Boil for at least 30 minutes to kill all the poison;
  • Let pan cool and put jars or cans in a heavy plastic bag;
  • Tie it tightly and put it in a trash can;
  • Wash all counters, pans and equipment that touched the jars or cans;
  • Don't forget to wash your can opener, your hands and clothes;
  • Put sponges or wash clothes in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.

 

 

Last Updated 10/25/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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