Welcome to Canner’s Corner. Join me for the next eight weeks as we explore the science of home food preservation from K-State Research and Extension.

Canning food at home is an enjoyable kitchen activity, but one based more in science than culinary art. Tested canning recipes must be followed exactly for the products to be safe. Canning time is not a time for personal creativity. It is unsafe to make up or modify canning recipes by changing ingredients, procedures, processing times or even jar sizes.

If canning is not done properly, serious foodborne illness can result. So when canning, be a scientist, not a chef. Use up-to-date procedures from reliable, research-based sources and follow instructions precisely for best results. Remember, just because the lid seals doesn’t mean it’s safe.