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Raw Pack, Cold Pack and Hot Pack Canning

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The principle of home canning is to process the jars and their contents by controlling the time and temperature of the process.The high temperature must be maintained long enough to kill all bacteria and to cause the contents to expand, forcing the air out of the jars. As the jars and contents cool, the contents and air contract, creating a vacuum and sealing the jars. The same principle holds true for canning with cans which aren't presently addressed at this Web site.

Raw Pack, Cold Pack and Hot Pack methods for processing are determined by the recipe. All recipes at this Web site will include instructions on which method to use. We address each of these methods in our videos.

Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 Video 6
Cold Pack Method for Home Canning X X X
Hot Pack Method for Home Canning X X X X X
Raw Pack Method for Home Canning X

 

Raw pack normally refers to placing uncooked meat or fish into a canning jar with the intention of cooking the contents during processing in a pressure canner, sometimes referred to as a pressure cooker.

Cold pack normally refers to fruits, including some home canned tomato recipes. Like raw pack, the contents are placed into the jars while they are at room temperature and hot liquid is poured over the contents. However, the intention is not to cook the product during processing in a water bath canner or pressure canner, depending on the recipe and acidity level of the food, but, simply to preserve the contents. Two good examples of this are home canned whole tomatoes (as shown in Video 3) and apricot halves (as shown in Video 2), neither of which should be fully cooked during the canning process.

Hot pack refers to any product that is cooked before the contents are placed in jars. This is the most common form of home canning packing and is used for jam, jelly, pie filling, tomato sauce, soups and broths, stews and poultry. This subsequent processing in a water bath canner or pressure canner is determined by the acidity level of the food. For step-by-step instructions on how use the hot pack method for home canning with photos, see Canning with Caps and Lids.

Video and instructions for making and canning homemade jam, jelly and infused fruit recipes.

Video 1: Making and Home Canning Jam and Infused Fruit

If you are new to home canning, we recommend you begin with this video.

You will learn how to can jam, infuse fruit and then process them in a hot waterbath canner.

Video and instructions for canning fruit and making and canning homemade pie filling recipes..

Video 2: Home Canning Fruit, Home Canning Pie Filling

The second step in learning to can at home continues with the use of a waterbath canner.

You will learn to home can fruit in syrup or to can fruit pie filling.

Video and instructions for canning tomatoes at home, making and canning homemade tomato sauces and homemade salsa canning recipes.

Video 3: Home Canning Tomatoes, Home Canning Tomato Sauce,Home Canning Whole Tomatoes, Home Canning Crushed Tomatoes, Home Canning Salsa

This third video will teach you how to use a waterbath canner for home canning tomatoes in several ways; home canning whole tomatoes, home canning diced tomatoes, home canning tomato sauces and home canning salsa.

Video and instructions for canning vegetables (recipes) and making and canning homemade soup recipes.

Video 4: Home Canning Vegetables and Home Canning Soup

Introduction to a pressure canner, sometimes referred to as a pressure cooker.

At the end of this video you should understand how to can low acid foods how to home can vegetables and home canned soup.

Video and instructions for canning whole meals (recipes) and making and canning homemade chili recipes.

Video 5: Home Canning Chili, Home Canning Stew and Home Canning Meat Sauces

The fifth step continues with the pressure canner.

You will learn how to can complete meals, home canning of chili, stews and meat sauces.

Video and instructions for canning fish (recipes) and making and canning homemade pate recipes.

Video 6: Home Canning Pate, Home Canning Meatloaf and Home Canning Fish

The last in our series of videos will teach you how to cold pack certain meats and fish.

 

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