canning question

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  1. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The "what are you canning" thread is a little intimidating, so let me be lazy.
    Do I really need a pressure canner???
    My mom says no everything can be waterbathed. by most so called experts are saying anything that's not really acidic needs the pressure.

    Thanks!
     
  2. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    NJ
    I've been canning for 25 years without one, never killed anybody yet! [​IMG]
     
  3. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Same here with the water bath canner - I learned from my country neighbors when this city girl moved to the country.

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  4. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    If you are going to can meat, soups, beans, etc you need a pressure canner. I wouldn't do those things without one- too much risk. Water bath canners can't get any hotter than 212 degrees. Pressure canners hit 240 which will safely kill bacteria...212 won't.

    a great info page:
    http://pickyourown.org/pressurecanners.htm
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:X2 It's not the worth the risk to me and my family or anyone else who eats my canned goods to not use a pressure canner.

    If all you're canning is fruits, pickles and tomatoes, then no, you don't need one....anything else like meats or green beans, etc needs a pressure canner.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I've been driving for more than 25 years. I have not killed anybody yet. That could change tomorrow.

    The so-called experts have studied the science behind canning, have experimented using many different tests, and understand why you do certain things. Are they over-cautious? Yes. Their goal is that nobody dies of botulism. You can believe them or you can believe somebody you don't know over the internet. Your choice.
     
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    My next door neighbor is an older dairy farm lady and she does the opposite! She uses a pressure canner for everything and chuckles at me with a water bath.
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Same here with the water bath canner - I learned from my country neighbors when this city girl moved to the country.

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    And this is why I will never , ever buy any canned goods at a farmer's maket. Not saying you sell at a market, but not knowing how it was canned is the kicker for me.

    BTW....I've been country since the day I was born and not all all of us can without a pressure canner! [​IMG]
     
  9. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
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    My family always used a water bath for green beans and tomatoes. Most other stuff was frozen or dried.

    A pressure canner is a whole lot quicker and a presto is not that expensive. Might even be cheaper than a water bath over time from the power savings.
     
  10. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Quote:Same here with the water bath canner - I learned from my country neighbors when this city girl moved to the country.

    [​IMG]

    And this is why I will never , ever buy any canned goods at a farmer's maket. Not saying you sell at a market, but not knowing how it was canned is the kicker for me.

    BTW....I've been country since the day I was born and not all all of us can without a pressure canner! ;)

    same here! I don't know of any of our family ever living in a city or town. I have my great-grandmothers pressure canner in my Antique display! Pressure canning is not a new-fangled thing - it has been around for years! and is proven safe.
     

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