UCCE Master Food Preservers of Solano County
University of California
UCCE Master Food Preservers of Solano County

Can Vegetables

Canned Asparagus

Pressure canning is the only safe method for processing shelf stable low-acid food with a pH higher than 4.6.  Low acid foods include:

  • Vegetables
  • Meats, poultry, seafood (see the link on the left for more on canning meats)
  • Legumes (beans)
  • Mixtures that contain any of the above foods

Low acid foods like these require a temperature higher than boiling to destroy harmful microorganisms that cause botulism and food spoilage.  A temperature of at least 240º F is needed.  Pressure canners achieve this temperature.

Don't want to pressure can your vegetables?  Consider dehydrating or freezing instead.  Visit the links on the left for ideas.

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Selected Recipes

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