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Old 07-15-2008, 06:42 PM   #11
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:52 PM   #12
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Sure-Jel insert and they still list the upside down method as an option along with freezing and water processing. I found that interesting. BTW, what is the actual name for that method?
I find that very strange indeed. I guess I'll have to buy another package just to read the insert again.

I don't think there is an actual name. It just refers to the act of "inverting the jars". Here's a reference worth reading:

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Great article mcnerd! I learned to can from my mom and grandma so I've never read anything on how to can (so reading the Sure-Jell insert was very interesting!). I only do jam and tomatoes, everything else gets frozen. It's interesting to know the science though - thanks for sharing!
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It would be very advantageous to get the Ball Blue Book of Preserving (less than $10) which is the Bible for food preserving, not just canning. Great for everyone, with instructions and recipes.

Regarding tomatoes, are you aware that modern recipes require the addition of citric acid/lemon juice because many tomato hybrids these years are not as acidic?

Not only has technology and our knowledge of bacteria, molds, etc., changed, but the very foods we preserve have changed. One needs to keep up to date to be safe.
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...Regarding tomatoes, are you aware that modern recipes require the addition of citric acid/lemon juice because many tomato hybrids these years are not as acidic?...
I think about 3 years ago my mom said to start adding a squirt of lemon juice with the pinch of salt into each jar. Not sure how she found out ... I'm sure she read it somewhere.

I think I saw the Ball canning book somewhere when I was looking for information as to whether or not I needed to skin my tomatoes for canning (or if it was just something I was doing because I had learned it - make sense?). I also posed the question here so never bought the book. Maybe I will ... we are driving west this August so I'm always looking for good reading material.
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