Follow these tips for safely storing canned food from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Home canning is an affordable and practical way to preserve all your hard work in the garden. While there are certain steps you have to take when you’re canning food, there are also safety precautions when it comes to storing canned food. With these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can safely store your canned food and enjoy it for months to come.
1. Keep Out of Sunlight
The sun can actually affect food quality, color and flavor. It’s important to keep home-canned food in a dark area where sunlight can’t reach. It’s best to store the jars in an enclosed area with no windows, such as a storage room or pantry.
2. Use the Right Space
Storing canned food in the right space is also important. You need to find a space in your home that’s out of direct heat and sunlight, dry and cool. A root cellar or cool, dry basement is the ideal spot for storing canned food. If you don’t have those options, there are still plenty of spaces within the home to store your canning jars.
A hall closet, storage rooms off of the kitchen and hallways shelves are all acceptable places if they’re not reached by sunlight and heat.
3. Store at the Right Temperature
This last tip kind of combines the first two. Canned food needs to be store where the temperature will stay between 50 – 70° F. Anything warmer can cause food to spoil and freezing can cause the jars to break. If you plan on freezer canning food, you need to use freezer jars or plastic, as well following specific freezer canning recipes. It’s also important to make sure the storage area is dry. Damp areas can cause the lids and bands to rust, as well as damage the jar’s seal.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that there’s nothing more satisfying than growing and preserving your own fruits and vegetables. That’s why we carry everything you need to start home canning. From pressure canners to mason jars to pectin, you can preserve and create your own home-canned recipes. For more tips and how-to’s, visit our Canning blog.