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How to can food at home safely

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Canning season is around the corner and experts want you to stay safe.

Classes are being offered across Mid-Michigan with tips to make a good experience for everyone. Canning expert Lisa Trieber with MSU Food Safety said the most important tip for safe canning is to work in clean conditions. 

"The biggest thing we are concerned about is botulism," Trieber said. "We want to work in clean conditions. We want to have clean equipment, clean counter tops, no pets on the counter. Clean hands. If you're sick that day you shouldn't be canning either." 

Trieber said home canned products are good from season to season. When you make a canned product, you should plan on using them within a year and always use the oldest cans first. 

You can buy everything you need for canning at the store, Trieber said, and most local grocers and hardware stores stock the supplies. 

Trieber also said a nice thing about home canned products, is salt is optional and mostly added for flavor.

Something that is necessary for canning, at least for tomatoes, is lemon juice or citric acid. Most recipes call for one tablespoon per pint, or two tablespoons per quart.

Trieber also suggested using a research tested recipe, to make sure you’re using the correct potion and processing times.

To find more information on canning classes, just click here

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