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Old 10-17-2012, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default Did my first Canning tonight!

I think things turned out alright!







I'm having an issue with the cans "popping" (sealing?) I'm at 1400 feet elevation. I boiled for half an hour and none of the cans sealed. I honestly don't know what was wrong.

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:40 AM   #2
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Nice job!! We just canned some soups yesterday, mushroom and butternut squash. I have no advice on the "popping", but it wouldn't surprise me if you needed to boil longer due to the elevation. I'm sure someone who actually knows what they're talking about can better help you there.

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they won't seal until cooled.

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^That's right! Just asked the wife and (duh, we shoulda thought of this), they'll crack down when the contents cools.

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If there is no airspace, they won't seal. The sealing happens when the hot gases in the headspace contract and cause negative pressure inside the jar compared to outside. If there is no headspace, there are not hot gases to cool and contract.

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If there is no airspace, they won't seal. The sealing happens when the hot gases in the headspace contract and cause negative pressure inside the jar compared to outside. If there is no headspace, there are not hot gases to cool and contract.
Crap. There is NO headspace. I topped off each jar and sealed and then put into the boiler.
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Crap. There is NO headspace. I topped off each jar and sealed and then put into the boiler.
It's no big deal to take a little liquid out and heat them again. They'll seal right up.
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Nice job!! We just canned some soups yesterday, mushroom and butternut squash. I have no advice on the "popping", but it wouldn't surprise me if you needed to boil longer due to the elevation. I'm sure someone who actually knows what they're talking about can better help you there.
Cool! Never ever even considered canning soup! Does it need to be pressure canned?
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Cool! Never ever even considered canning soup! Does it need to be pressure canned?
Yes if it is a low acid food.
Unlike beer canning can have things in it that can make you sick and even cause death (botulism).

Get a Ball or Kerr canning book, they have alot of information in them, and recipes too
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Question. What if I just stored these non-sealed jars in the fridge? I plan on consuming the pickled veggies within a month or so so I don't mind storing in the fridge and eating them sooner. I'm not canning to store...just canning to pickle and then eatASAP.

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