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Preserve the Autumn Harvest: Create Your Own Jams, Jellies and Sauces

From the crisp fall air to the changing colors, autumn can be so beautiful we often want to bottle it up to save for later. Thankfully, you can now easily preserve the autumn harvest by canning.

Preserving and canning have been around for ages, but have recently re-emerged as a trend, as people are increasingly trying to find healthy alternatives to processed foods that have added sugars and artificial ingredients. Preserving autumn fruits and vegetables can be a great way to keep the fall spirit alive through the winter months.

The process of canning is quite easy once you learn proper canning techniques. The number one requirement when it comes to canning is sanitation. All the equipment must be properly washed and sterilized in boiling water. The, the food must be processed into clean jars at extremely high temperatures to kill any microorganisms that would cause the food to spoil. The heating deoxidizes the food and creates a vacuum seal as the jar cools off.

Once you learn the basics, you can stock your pantry with homemade canned apple jam, butternut squash sauces and more. The best part is the assurance that you are getting out only what you put into it.

If you could bottle anything and preserve it for later, what would it be?


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