Don’t rely on oven for home canning

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Tips from the Extension Service

By Theresa Howard

I’ve gotten a variety of calls and e-mails recently on topics related to nutrition and food safety. I wanted to remind everyone to always keep food safety in mind whether you are trying to do home canning or just making purchases for your family.

Q. Is it safe to process food in the oven, or try to do home canning in the oven?

A. This method involves placing filled jars in the oven set at a specific temperature and “processing” for a certain period of time. This method has never been recommended as a safe procedure for a variety of reasons.

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