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Old 11-12-2011, 08:03 PM   #1
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Explain the difference between hot water bathing & pressure cooker canning?

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I was wondering what's the difference between canning with a hot water bath and using a pressure cooker?

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Old 11-12-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Oh my. A world of difference. Waterbath canner works well for anything acidic, like apple stuff,tomato stuff, jams and jellies, stuff in vinegar like pickled green beans, peppers, and beets. Use the pressure canner for everything. I'm afraid of mine. Check out the Ball Blue Book for recipes. Sparrowgrass works for her state extension agency and has plenty of good advice. Check out the canning section here.
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I won't try to fill in for the many canning resources available. But the functional difference is in how hot the water can get. At sea level, water boils at 212-degrees. (At high altitudes with less pressure than at sea level, water boils at a lower temperature. That's why recipes and mixes have different high altitude directions.)

This is important because at sea level, you can't get water above 212, no matter how long you leave the pot on. No matter what the altitude or pressure, water can never get any hotter than its boiling temperature. When the pressure is greater than normal sea level, the boiling temperature is higher, which means you can get the water that much hotter. In a pressure cooker, you can get water to about 240-degrees. That matters, because the spores of the botulism can survive 212 degrees. But anything 240 and above kills them. High-acid foods don't provide an environment for botulism. But other foods do and need the high temperature treatment.

And note that pressure canning means canning in a pressure CANNER, not a pressure cooker.
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