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Old 03-30-2006, 11:31 AM   #1
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Canning vs Vacuuming Tomatoes

Now that I am the proud owner of a foodsaver, a pressure canner and several hundred canning jars I am curious to know is it better to pressure can tomatoes or use the super sucker with the mason jars.

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Old 03-30-2006, 11:40 AM   #2
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The Foodsaver is not a replacement for canning. It removes a lot of the air, but not all of it.
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:49 AM   #3
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Now that I am the proud owner of a foodsaver, a pressure canner and several hundred canning jars I am curious to know is it better to pressure can tomatoes or use the super sucker with the mason jars.
Heat is a very important part of the canning process which kills potentially dangerous microbes which would spoil the preserved food. Vacuum processing alone does nothing to kill bacteria. Vacuum processing is a safe way to slow food spoilage in refrigerated food and to prevent freezer burn in frozen food, however, it is not the same as heat canning.
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Make sure to read the instructions that came with your Foodsaver. It spells out very clearly that you can not use it as a replacement for canning.
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