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Do root crops like potatoes, beets and carrots have to be peeled before canning?


Yes. Because of the texture of their outer layer (peel), they have a heavy load of micro-organisms from the soil, including Clostridium botulinum. Peeling and several washings in new water help reduce this microbial load.
 

 

Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

 

 

 

 

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