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LH 105: Summer Canning Q&A

Answers to your most common canning questions

Chances are your garden and farmer’s market are bursting with summer flavors.

It’s time to save some of those flavors for later.

In today’s episode, I answer several listener questions that have come in so that you can stay on track with your summer canning.


You will learn:

  • If you can use coconut sugar in canning
  • Which pectin product is preservative-free
  • The most common jar mistakes
  • Tips & detective skills to determine the cause of jar breaks
  • The difference between citric acid and ascorbic acid
  • When should you be concerned about bubbles
  • Why wax sealing was eliminated from canning



Resources & Links Mentioned:

Canning Academy wait list – opening again soon!

Local Harvest – for finding farmer’s markets in your area

Pomona’s Pectin*

Tips for using coconut and other sugar with Pomona’s

Pluots – source for mail order



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.