Food Preservation Frequently Asked Questions

Do vegetables need to be blanched before freezing?

Can I get away with not blanching vegetables?

Can I freeze bananas?

How many apples do I need to make sixteen quarts?

How many apples does it take to make two cups?

How do I keep my cheese mold free?

How do I keep cheese from molding?

How do I freeze stock?

What is the best way to freeze stock?

How long can I keep butter frozen?

What is the best method to preserve the flavor of apple cider?

When should I eat my pickles?

When should I eat my pickled foods?

Can I use cider vinegar in my pickled fruit recipes?

What is the safest way to thaw my meat?

Can I use a salt substitute for making sauerkraut?

Can I use a salt substitute for canning pickles?

How do I get the skins off the tomatoes?

How do I pickle hot peppers?

How do I safely handle hot peppers?

What type of water should I use in pickling?

Is open kettle canning safe?

How long should I dry my foods?

What can I do with left over pickle brine?

Can I use leftover pickle juice?

Can I use dried strawberries for pies?

What can I use dried strawberries for?

Can dried strawberries be used for pies?

Is it necessary to sterilize my jars?

How do I thaw out eggs safely?

What is an easy way to freeze berries?

How do I freeze berries?

How do I thaw foods safely?

Can I change the amount of vinegar when pickling foods?

How can I freeze apples?

How can I keep celery fresh in the refrigerator?

How can I keep my pickles from losing their color?

How do I dry heat pasteurize my dry products?

What vinegar is best to use in my pickles?

Can I store herbs in oil?

How does cider vinegar taste in pickles?

What is apple cider made from?

Can I freeze mashed potatoes?

How do I get the air bubbles out of my jars when canning?

How many tomatoes are in a bushel?

How many tomatoes do I need for eighteen quarts?

Is lavendar oil good for pepper burns?

Can I store onions in plastic bags?

How do I relieve the pain from a pepper burn?

What is raw pack?

What does raw pack mean?

How can I tell when something was canned?

How can I ripen avocados?

How do I make fruit leather?

Which kind of vinegar is best for pickling - cider vinegar or white vi

What is lye?

Where can I buy lye?

How can I ripen bananas faster?

What is the simplest way to know how much food to store?

How do I stack home-canned foods?

How can I store my chocolate?

Can I store all my cookies together?

What can I use old rings for?

How can I store green tomatoes?

How many tomatoes do I need for seven quarts of tomato juice?

How do I know when cabbage is dry?

How do I know when my herbs are dry?

Is it safe to can without sugar?

What do I do first with my water bath canner?

Why should I put labels on my frozen foods?

Can I use masking tape for labeling my freezer foods?

How can I make quick winter time jellies?

How much rhubarb will I need for seven quarts?

Can vinegar be diluted safely?

What can I do use as a hair rinse?

Should I use a water bath for canning my tomatoes?

Should I use a pressure canner for canning my tomatoes?

How do I can tomatoes?

What type jar lids should I use?

What are lids and rings?

What can I use if I donít have a regular canner?

How do I raw pack?

Can I process meat in a boiling water bath?

Which vegetables expand during processing?

What do I do with canned foods?

How do I know when my meat is dry enough?

What can I do with all the extra eggs that I have?

Can I use apples and pears when making fruit roll ups?

How can I know when my vegetables are dry enough?

How do I hot pack?

What is open kettle canning?

What does hot pack mean?

Can I change the amount of vinegar when pickling foods?

If my lids did not seal, can I safely re-can my food?

How do I know when my vegetables are dry enough?

What causes corn to turn brown during processing?

What should I use if I donít have a wire rack?

Where can I find large bags of rice?

How can I store my rice?

What can I use rice bags for?

Should I sterilize my jars?

How should I store garlic?

What results will I get by using white vinegar in my pickle recipes?

What can I use bent rings for?

Does temperature make my corn turn brown?

Is pickling lime safe to use?

How can I make my refrigerated produce last longer?

What will make my lettuce last longer?

How do I freeze pre-soaked beans?

Can I freeze soaked beans?

What does pickling lime do?

What is pasteurization?

What basic utensils will I need to start canning?

Why do some pickle recipes call for lime?

Why should I dry foods?

Will my dried foods spoil?

Should I sterilize my jars?

What is the cost of preserving foods at home?

Where can I get low cost equipment for home canning?

What is the initial cost of food preservation?

Can I slice frozen cheese?

How do I make Hot Tomato Broth?

How do I rehydrate fruit?

How do I use dried fruit?

Can I still eat my pickled onions if they have yellow spots?

What causes yellow spots on my pickled onions?

Why should I preserve foods at home?

What benefits do I get out of storing and preserving foods?

Can I use homemade vinegar for pickling?

Can I use sulphur in my oven?

What causes mold to form in my preserves?

When should I pick my fruit?

How do I keep my cucumbers from going soft when canned?

Why do I need a head space?

Can I use artificial sweeteners in place of sugar?

Are artificial sweeteners safe to use?

What is head space?

Why has my pickled garlic turned blue?

Can I use white vinegar for canning?

If my garlic turned blue, is it still safe to eat?

Can I freeze cheese?

What can I do with frozen cheese?

Can I freeze fresh eggs?

Can I freeze baked potatoes?

How do I freeze baked potatoes?

Can baked potatoes be frozen?

How can I freeze raw eggs?

Can whole eggs be frozen?

Do dairy products freeze well?

How can I store brown sugar?

Can I freeze raw egg whites?

How do I freeze egg whites?

What is an easy way to make apple butter?

Can I invert my jelly jars to seal?

Can I dilute the vinegar that I can with?

How To Freeze Bananas

Is there any way to keep bananas from going bad?

How can I keep a head of romaine fresh and crisp longer?

What is the best produce to buy?

How can I keep fruit from browning?





Recent Food Preservation Questions

Q. how long can bananas be kept in freezer before going bad>
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Q. what does blanche mean when referring to freezing vegetables?
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Q. Can I freeze a fruit pie that has been baked?
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Q. Is there a substitute for pickling lime? I cannot find it in our local stores. Thanks.
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Q. how many quarts will I yeild from a bushell of 3-4 inch pickling cucumbers.
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Q. I want to freeze green beans, how long does blancing take? Do i leave the beans in for one minute? more? less?
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Q. Would it be possible tolet me have the procedure for blacnhing runner beans, I would be most grateful to hear fom you.

Thanks

John Morgan
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Q. HOW TO CAN CORN ,,,, IN OPEN CANNER
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Q. What do I do with al this zucinni? My garden is overflowing with hugh zucinni. Does it freeze well?
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Q. how do i freeze fresh corn
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Q. Can you give me canning techniques for sugar free food preservation?
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Q. Can ORANGE ZEST be frozen and still retain its usefullness in recipes when
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Q. HI,.

How long can I freeze steaks?

Thanks for your help. Patty
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Q. I can`t seem to find pickling lime in the store; is there a specialty store that carries it. Also, if I can`t get it...is there a substitute product that will work as well?
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Q. can you can green beans in a bath wash? I do not have a pressure canner. If so how long should they boil for quart jars?

Thank you!!!
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Q. When are bananas too ripe to use in recipes? I had some that I tossed because they had a small amount of mold on the skin. The skins and ends were intact. Could I have safely used them for banana bread?
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Q. How long can I keep butter
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Q. How or can homemade baked beans be frozen??
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Q. is tomato a fruit or vegetable
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Q. This is not a question but a comment on one of your answers. You say that cheese after being frozen does not slice well, but becomes crumbly. My partner and I have been freezing cheese for years (all kinds -- cheddar, colby, mozarella, American, etc.) in block and shredded forms, and have never had any problem with a change in consistency or slicing. And it doesn`t matter if we thaw the cheese in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
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Q. I need a crisp dill okra recipe
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Q. what is a standard pickle brine recipe? (salt vinegar salt ratios only)and, can I use this if I just want to stick them in the fridge untill they are ready?

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Q. I am going to can some green beans but I cannot find any instructions on doing this using a water bath canner as my mother did for many years. Can you help me? I know how to prepare the beans and jars, but how long do I cook them?
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Q. can pickling lime be used on vegetables other than cucumbers?
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Q. HOW DO I BLANCH OKRA ,WHOLE PODS AND CUT UP?
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Q. I cannot find pickling lime and need to know if there is a substitute I can use. I found something called pickle crisp, but the directions were not seem similar to pickling lime. Thanks.
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Q. the additive called "alum", where can it be found?
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Q. i want to freeze raw sliced potatoes, how can i do that
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Q. How do I keep the peppers I pick from going bad while I am waiting for the other peppers to ripen to make a sauce?
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Q. How do I keep garlic WHITE when it is pickled?
Thanks Gail
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Q. Can you substitute hydrated garden lime for pickling lime?
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Q. Is pickling lime & hydrated lime the same thing?
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Q. My daughter and I are having a disagreement about how to store butter. Does butter have to be refrigerated?
Thanks
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Q. how long should you keep the bands for canning, and what happens if the bands are rusty.thankyou.loretta
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Q. could you please tell me how bad is it to take frozen meat and putting it into hot water from the sink to thaw my daughter dose this but I will not eat it.
I do no she has problems with her stomach .
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Q. How do you can/mason jar dry foods such as our dried fruits and spices? We wish to put them in Mason jars as we do our vegtables and maintain a vaccuum seal for storage. Is this process any different due to the fact these are light, dry items? Please advise.
Thank you.
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Q. I would like to be able to have sweet corn on the cob all year round. How would you suggest i store it?
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