Is this a safe recipe for canning apples?

Asked September 18, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

I found a recipe that said you could seal apples in a jar that was boiled for 10 minutes in a hot water canner - does that preserve apples? If not, is there any way to keep apples over the winter without a cold storage room?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

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There are many good ways to preserve apples to enjoy through the winter. Those include canning, freezing, drying, and cold storage. You want to make sure you always follow instructions that come from a reliable, research-based source. Some instructions that you find online are not tested for safety and can result in food spoilage and food borne illness. The instructions that you mention for processing apple slices for 10 minutes in a boiling water canner are not correct. Please refer to the following publications for correct canning instructions for your apple preserving project!

OSU Extension Service Preserving Apples Publication:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/sites/default/files/documents/sp_50_446_preservingapples.pdf

More of our OSU Extension Food Preservation publications can be found here:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/food-preservation

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is also an excellent resource:
http://nchfp.uga.edu/

Happy Canning!