canning fruit-based baby foods

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You may prepare any chunk-style or pureed fruit with or without sugar, using the procedure for preparing each fruit. Pack in half-pint, preferably, or pint jars and refer to the processing times in Table 1.

Caution: Do not attempt to can vegetables, red meats, or poultry meats, because proper processing times for pureed foods have not been determined for home use. Instead, can and store these foods using the standard processing procedures; puree or blend them at serving time.

Heat the blended foods to boiling, simmer for 10 minutes, cool, and serve. Store unused portions in the refrigerator and use within 2 days for best quality.

Table 1. Process time for fruit-based baby foods in a boiling-water canner.

Style of Pack: Hot Jar Size: Pints * 0 - 1,000 ft ........ 20 min * 1,001 - 6,000 ft .... 25 min * Above 6,000 ft ...... 30 min

======================================================= === * USDA Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539 (rev. 1994) * Meal-Master format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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