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A new app helps DIY home canners do it safely

So, you can’t remember how long to process those pints of applesauce? You’re not sure how many minutes to let the steam flow in your pressure canner? Well, we’ve got an app that can help. The Canning Timer & Checklist (PNW 689) is a handy tool for people who have some experience with home canning but would like a few reminders about what to do when and for how long.

Here’s how it works. First, you select from over 40 popular foods—including vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. Then follow the app’s prompts to enter your elevation above sea level (yes, that matters), and the jar size, pack type (hot or raw), and canning method (water bath or pressure canner) you plan to use. Based on your selections, the app generates checklists with key steps for safe processing and a timer specific to what you are canning. The app is available at no charge for iOS and Android users through the OSU Extension catalog, the iTunes store, or Google Play.

Published in: Food Systems, Health