Food & Cooking Tips

Opening Home-Canned Food

When opening home-canned food, listen for a "popping" sound which indicates a proper vacuum and seal was maintained. Look for these signs of spoilage after opening any home-canned food: * Cloudy or frothy liquids * An "off" color deterioration * Slimy texture * An odor that does not smell fresh Any home-canned foods that display any of these signs of spoilage should be discarded immediately. Never taste food when an improper seal is suspected. For an extra measure of safety, once low-acid and tomato food jars are opened and ready for use, boil contents for 10 minutes when at an altitude of 1,000 feet. Add an additional minute for every increase of 1,000 feet in altitude. Source: Harvest Homestead