Tag: Canning

The Search for Canning Supplies

Now that gardens are producing, food preservation supplies are disappearing off store shelves. Canning lids are few and far between. But remember, do not reuse canning lids! Do not use old, dented, or deformed lids, or lids with gaps or other defects in the sealing gasket. When jars are processed, the lid gasket softens and flows slightly to cover the jar-sealing surface, yet allows air to escape from the jar. The gasket then forms an airtight seal as the jar cools. Gaskets in unused lids work well for at least 5 years from date of manufacture. The gasket compound in older unused lids may fail to seal on jars.

By: Ashley Svaty


Free Online Food Preservation Series

University of Nebraska Extension is hosting a FREE Food Preservation Virtual Learning Series. Each session will include a short presentation and time for discussion and question/answer on any food preservation related topic. All sessions will be taught online through zoom and pre-registration is required. The session details are below:

  • August 5, 6:30 p.m: Food Preservation 101
  • August 19, 6:30 p.m: Boiling Water Canning/Steam Canning/Pressure Canning
  • September 2, 6:30 p.m: Freezing/Dehydrating

Each Zoom session will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all participants who register. Sessions will be led by Nebraska Extension’s Food Preservation Team.

For more information and to register, please follow this link: https://food.unl.edu/article/home-food-preservation-series

By: Ashley Svaty

Electric Multi-Cookers Are Not Canners

Ashley Svaty
Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent

Canning season is in full swing and we must remember to only use SAFE and trusted preservation techniques and recipes. It is critical to use scientifically tested recipes when canning and while some electric multi-cookers have a “canning” button, no research is available to back up this function. Use these appliances for cooking only! Find safe and trusted recipes here: https://www.rrc.k-state.edu/preservation/index.html or call any Post Rock District office and we would be happy to help!

By: Ashley Svaty

Are you Ready for Canning Season?

Dust off your canner, it’s almost canning season! K-State Research and Extension is a trusted and reliable resource for all your food preservation needs.  It is highly recommended that your dial gauge is tested each year at the extension office to be sure you are canning at the right pressure.  Please call or email Ashley at (785) 524-4432 asvaty@ksu.edu to set up a time to bring your dial gauge in to get checked. Before you begin canning make sure you:

  • Call us with any questions
  • Use the correct equipment
  • Adjust for altitude
  • Only use tested recipes
  • Acidify tomatoes
  • Use proper processing times based on trusted resources
  • Get your dial gauge tested annually
  • Leave proper headspace
  • Use the specific size jar a recipe calls for
  • Do not can in an Electric Pressure Cooker

For more information about canning or preserving your own food please contact any of our Post Rock District offices or go to our K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Food Preservation website here.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Food Preservation Questions?

We are here to help! Call, email, or drop by any of our offices and we will answer your food preservation questions.  If you are in need of a tested recipe, unsure about procedures, need your dial gauge checked for accuracy, or anything else please contact Ashley at asvaty@ksu.edu or (785) 524-4432. 

Have you visited The Rapid Response Center site?  It’s a great resource for all your canning needs! Canning videos, publications, recipes, and more can be found at this site.

SAVE THE DATE:  A Food Preservation Workshop will be help on August 9, 2017 in Post Rock District.  Keep watching for more details.  You won’t want to miss this!

By:  Ashley Svaty

Food Preservation Workshop May 1st

Join us for a food preservation workshop in Lincoln on May 1st!  If you are interested in preserving your own food, you will not want to miss out on this fun filled day.  This workshop will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Rapid Response Coordinator along with Ashley Svaty.

During the workshop, participants will get hands on experience drying herbs, canning-both pressure and water-bath methods, and they will learn how to make their own jams and jellies. This workshop will be held at the United Methodist Church in Lincoln on May 1st from 9am-4pm.  Lunch and all supplies will be included with the $30 registration fee.  Pre-registration is required and due on April 24th. To register, visit any Post Rock Extension Office or register here!


By:  Ashley Svaty