Storage Tips

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Storing Canned Goods

Always store your home-canned goods in a cool, dark place. Do not stack jars on top of each other.

   
How can I keep celery fresh in the refrigerator?

Celery

Wrapping celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the refrigerator helps keep the freshness for weeks.

   
How should I store garlic?

Storing Garlic

Garlic should not be stored in the refrigerator, or with vegetables. It should be stored in an open space, but not in direct light.

   
Can I store onions in plastic bags?

Onions

Storing whole onions should not be done in plastic bags. Lack of air reduces the storage life.

   

tomatoes

For best flavor, store tomatoes at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.

   

Mold

Mold can occur in your jars if they are improperly sealed.

Not processing your jars can also cause mold as well as fermentation.

   
How do I pickle hot peppers?

Handling Hot Peppers

Always wear gloves when handling hot peppers. Peppers can burn your skin and eyes.

   

Pickled Fish

Pickled fish must be refrigerated, but when properly preserved, should keep for 4 to 6 weeks at 40 degrees.

   
How can I tell when something was canned?

Labeling

Be sure to carefully label each jar you can with the name of the food, and the date it was canned.

   
How do I stack home-canned foods?

Stacking Home Canned Goods

Save all the boxes from your canning jar purchases, and use them to store your canned goods. That way, they can be easily labelled and stacked to conserve storage area.

   
When should I pick my fruit?

Fruit And Vegetables

Gather fruits and vegetables early in the morning when they are at their peak of quality. Do not use over-ripe products. Gather or purchase only as much as you can prepare within 2 or 3 hours.

   
How do I keep cheese from molding?

Mold Free Cheese

Placing sugar cubes in cheese containers helps keep cheese mold-free.

   
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