Safe Preserving: Eating and Preserving Tomatoes Affected by Late Blight

Late blight has hit parts of Wisconsin hard again this year. The home gardener can be worried because it’s a disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes just at the peak of harvest, and some may be wondering whether ripening tomatoes or freshly harvested potatoes are safe for eating or preserving. Late blight is a common […]

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Safe Preserving: Canning Mixtures

When our gardens are overflowing with many types of vegetables, it’s tempting to think of canning these vegetables together as mixtures. Take care, there are certain precautions to take when canning vegetable or vegetable/meat mixtures. There are a few tested recipes that are a great place to start when planning to can vegetable mixtures. The […]

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Safe Preserving: Safe Changes and Substitutions when Preserving Tomatoes

The safety of the food that you preserve for your family and friends is important to you. The University of Wisconsin-Extension supports using up-to-date, research-tested recipes so that you know that the food that you preserve is both safe and high in quality. Here are a few quick tips on changes and substitutions that will […]

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Safe Preserving: What’s up with tomato canning instructions?

I want to process tomatoes in my pressure canner. When I look at Tomatoes Tart and Tasty, it says that I process crushed tomatoes (quartered, hot packed; p. 13) 15 minutes for quarts and 20 minutes for pints. This must be a misprint! It should take LESS time to process pints than quarts.  Tomato canning […]

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Safe Preserving: Canning Your Own Salsa Recipe

I am often asked by consumers how to take that family-favorite salsa recipe into a product that is canned and on the shelf to enjoy during the height of winter. Questions like this are prominent in the minds of researchers that develop tested recipes for home canners. Salsas typically are mixtures of acid ingredients such […]

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Safe Preserving: What causes tomatoes to separate in the jar?

What causes canned tomatoes to separate in the jar? Calls frequently come in from consumers who have had tomatoes separate when canned. Why does this happen? There are enzymes in all fruits that break down some of the complex carbohydrates in plant cell walls and allow softening of the tissue as the fruit ripens.  These […]

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Safe Preserving: What to do with green tomatoes?

The growing season is winding down and that has many of us wondering what to do with all those green tomatoes still in the garden. Many tomato fruits may be ripened indoors for eating or canning, or use the green fruit to make green tomato pickles, relish, or salsa. Here are some tips and ideas.  […]

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Safe Preserving: Canned Tomato Soup

I saw an internet recipe for canned tomato soup, it sounds delicious. Is this safe for me to make for my family? Tomatoes are the most popular home-canned item, and consumers often want to modify recipes to create family-favorite dishes.  Unfortunately a thickened tomato soup can be very unsafe if canned at home.  Recipes for […]

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Safe Preserving: Lots of Tomatoes to Can!

I have a bounty of garden tomatoes to can. How do I know whether to pressure can them or can them in a boiling water canner? There are lots of great things to be said for home-canned tomatoes: the flavor can’t be beat; canned tomatoes are a versatile pantry item, working well in so many […]

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Safe Preserving: Tomatoes Tart & Tasty!

Add Acid to Tomatoes When Canning: Here’s Why! No matter whether you say tomato (toh-may-toh ) or tomato (tuh–may-toh), tomatoes are the most popular home-canned item. A national survey in 2005 indicated that 59% of home-canners added tomatoes to their pantry shelves that season. And not only are they a popular home-canned item, but home […]

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