Water bath vs steam

Asked August 25, 2019, 1:41 AM EDT

What is the latest on the water bath vs steam canning? New thoughts? New methods? Reasons why? My husband wants to switch to steam canning. I am willing to listen. It should be mentioned that I am almost 70 and he is almost 80. I started canning with my grandmother when I was about 9 so we are not exactly new comers to home preservation. Thank you, Mindy and Mike Canby OR.

Clackamas County Oregon food safety home food preservation

1 Response

Thanks for asking Ask the Expert. For years steam canners were not recommended for home food preservation, but recent research has yielded directions for their safe use. OSU has published a publication titled "Steam Canners: Use and Precautions" which will provide you with guidance and recommendations. You can access the publication by clicking on the link below:

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/topic/food/preservation/resources