What can you do when you have open spaces in your canner … part 2 :)

Someone in the Home Canning Yahoo group asked recently about how she could fill the remaining slots in her canner. It seems the green beans in her garden were only producing about three quarts at a time, and she hated to run a canner less than half full. I don’t blame her for that, so I tried to help her … but I kinda hit a snag on the green bean issue … thanks to the fact that green beans only take 20 minutes in the pressure canner. Honestly, there’s not a lot of pressure canner foods that only require 20 minutes, so I had trouble offering her a quick alternate suggestion.

It brought back memories of my earlier post entitled “What can you do when you have open spaces in your pressure canner?” … and got me thinking … there’s no way to sort the NCHFP recipes, so there’s no way to do a quick look to see what you could potentially add to your canner when you’ve got a few holes unfilled.

An old boss of mine wrote me a letter of recommendation many years ago, and I’ve always loved one of his comments. He said: “Lane has the innate ability to spot the problem in any sort of system: computer, operational, structural, more … but she never walks into my office to tell me about a problem … without already having a solution in-hand to fix it.”

Voila, your solution! Now when you have three or four slots left in a canner, here’s a listing of the NCHFP-approved canning recipes … broken out by type of canner … and length of processing time. Find your time, and see what else you can include in that same batch when you have space left! :)

NCHFP times for your BWB, grouped by time

food size jar time
apple butter half-pints and pints 5/10/15
apple juice pints or quarts 5/10/15
grape juice pints and quarts 5/10/15
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apple butter quarts 10/15/20
apple juice half-gallons 10/15/20
apple rings, spiced half-pints and pints 10/15/20
berry syrup half-pints and pints 10/15/20
cayenne pepper sauce pints 10/15/20
easy hot-sauce half-pints 10/15/20
grape juice half-gallons 10/15/20
grapefruit and orange sections pints and quarts 10/15/20
mango salsa half-pints 10/15/20
mayhaw juice pints or quarts 10/15/20
mayhaw syrup half-pints and pints 10/15/20
spicy cranberry salsa half-pints or pints 10/15/20
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grapes, whole, hot pack pints and quarts 10/15/15/20
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apple butter, reduced sugar half-pints and pints 15/20/25
blender ketchup pints 15/20/25
cherry (sweet) topping half-pints or pints 15/20/25
chilie salsa pints 15/20/25
chilie salsa II pints 15/20/25
country western ketchup pints 15/20/25
fruit purees pints and quarts 15/20/25
green tomato pie filling quarts 15/20/25
lemon curd half-pints 15/20/25
mango sauce half-pints 15/20/25
peach fruit topping half-pints and pints 15/20/25
peach-apple salsa pints 15/20/25
rhubarb pints or quarts 15/20/25
tomatilla green salsa pints 15/20/25
tomato and green chile salsa pints 15/20/25
tomato ketchup pints 15/20/25
tomato salsa with paste tomatoes pints 15/20/25
tomato taco sauce pints 15/20/25
tomato/tomato paste salsa pints 15/20/25
zucchini-pineapple half-pints and pints 15/20/25
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applesauce pints 15/20/20/25
berries, whole, hot pack pints or quarts 15/20/20/25
berries, whole, raw pack pints 15/20/20/25
cherries, whole, hot pack pints 15/20/20/25
cranberries pints and quarts 15/20/20/25
cranberry sauce pints and quarts 15/20/20/25
grapes, whole, raw pack pints 15/20/20/25
mangoes, green pints 15/20/20/25
papaya pints 15/20/20/25
pineapple pints 15/20/20/25
******** ******** ********
apples, sliced pints or quarts 20/25/30/35
mixed fruit cocktail half-pints and pints 20/25/30/35
nectarines, hot pack pints 20/25/30/35
papaya quarts 20/25/30/35
peaches, hot pack pints 20/25/30/35
pears, Asian pints 20/25/30/35
pears, halves pints 20/25/30/35
pineapple quarts 20/25/30/35
plum pints 20/25/30/35
spicy jicama relish pints 20/25/30/35
******** ******** ********
apple pie filling pints or quarts 25/30/35/40
apricots, hot pack quarts 25/30/35/40
apricots, raw pack pints 25/30/35/40
cherries whole, raw pack pints or quarts 25/30/35/40
nectarines, hot pack quarts 25/30/35/40
nectarines, raw pack pints 25/30/35/40
peaches, hot pack quarts 25/30/35/40
peaches, raw pack pints 25/30/35/40
pears, Asian quarts 25/30/35/40
pears, halves pints or quarts 25/30/35/40
plum quarts 25/30/35/40
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apricots, raw pack quarts 30/35/40/45
blueberry pie filling pints or quarts 30/35/40/45
cherry pie filling pints or quarts 30/35/40/45
nectarines, raw pack quarts 30/35/40/45
nut meats half-pints or pints 30/35/40/45
peach pie filling pints or quarts 30/35/40/45
peaches, raw pack quarts 30/35/40/45
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crushed tomatoes pints 35/40/45/50
standard tomato sauce pints 35/40/45/50
tomato juice pints 35/40/45/50
tomato veggie juice pints 35/40/45/50
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standard tomato sauce quarts 40/45/50/55
tomato juice quarts 40/45/50/55
tomato veggie juice pints 40/45/50/55
tomatoes, whole or half in water pints 40/45/50/55
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crushed tomatoes quarts 45/50/55/60
figs pints 45/50/55/60
tomato paste half-pints 45/50/55/60
tomatoes, whole or half in water quarts 45/50/55/60
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figs quarts 50/55/60/65
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tomatoes, whole or half in tomato juice pints or quarts 85/90/95/100
tomatoes, whole or half raw, no added water pints or quarts 85/90/95/100

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And now, the same thing for Pressure Canners:

NCHFP times for your Pressure Canner, grouped by time

food size jars time
tomatoes, whole or halved in water, @  15lbs pints or quarts 5
******** ******** ********
apples, sliced pints or quarts 8
applesauce pints 8
berries, whole, hot pack pints or quarts 8
berries, whole, raw pack pints 8
cherries, whole, hot pack pints 8
fruit purees pints or quarts 8
grapefruit and orange sections, hot pack pints or quarts 8
grapefruit and orange sections, raw pack pints 8
rhubarb pints or quarts 8
******** ******** ********
applesauce quarts 10
apricots pints or quarts 10
berries, whole, raw pack quarts 10
cherries, raw pack pints or quarts 10
cherries, whole, hot pack quarts 10
crushed tomatoes @ 15lbs pints or quarts 10
grapefruit and orange sections, raw pack quarts 10
nectarines pints or quarts 10
nut meats half-pints or pints 10
peaches pints or quarts 10
pears pints or quarts 10
plum pints or quarts 10
standard tomato sauce @ 15lbs pints or quarts 10
tomato juice @15lbs pints or quarts 10
tomato veggie juice @ 15lbs pints or quarts 10
tomatoes, whole or halved in water, @ 10lbs pints or quarts 10
tomatoes, whole or halved in water, @ 11lbs pints or quarts 10
******** ******** ********
crushed tomatoes @ 10lbs pints or quarts 15
crushed tomatoes @ 11lbs pints or quarts 15
standard tomato sauce @ 10lbs pints or quarts 15
standard tomato sauce @ 11lbs pints or quarts 15
tomato juice @ 10lbs pints or quarts 15
tomato juice @ 11lbs pints or quarts 15
tomato veggie juice @ 10lbs pints or quarts 15
tomato veggie juice @ 11lbs pints or quarts 15
tomatoes, whole or halved in tomato juice, @ 15lbs pints or quarts 15
tomatoes, whole or halved in water, @ 5lbs pints or quarts 15
tomatoes, whole or halved in water, @ 6lbs pints or quarts 15
tomatoes, whole or halved, raw with no added water, @ 15lbs pints or quarts 15
******** ******** ********
beans, snap and Italian pints 20
chicken or turkey stock pints 20
crushed tomatoes @ 5lbs pints or quarts 20
crushed tomatoes @ 6lbs pints or quarts 20
meat stock pints 20
Mexican tomato sauce pints 20
spaghetti sauce without meat pints 20
standard tomato sauce @ 5lbs pints or quarts 20
standard tomato sauce @ 6lbs pints or quarts 20
tomato juice @ 5lbs pints or quarts 20
tomato juice at 6lbs pints or quarts 20
tomato veggie juice @ 5lbs pints or quarts 20
tomato veggie juice @ 6lbs pints or quarts 20
******** ******** ********
beans, snap and Italian quarts 25
carrots pints 25
chicken or turkey stock quarts 25
meat stock quarts 25
Mexican tomato sauce quarts 25
okra pints 25
spaghetti sauce without meat quarts 25
tomatoes, whole or halved in tomato juice, @ 11lbs pints or quarts 25
tomatoes, whole or halved in tomato juice, @10lbs pints or quarts 25
tomatoes, whole or halved, raw with no added water, @ 10lbs pints or quarts 25
tomatoes, whole or halved, raw with no added water, @ 11lbs pints or quarts 25
******** ******** ********
asparagus pints 30
beets pints 30
carrots quarts 30
tomatoes with okra or zucchini pints 30
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beets quarts 35
peppers half-pints or pints 35
potatoes, white pints 35
tomatoes with okra or zucchini quarts 35
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asparagus quarts 40
beans, fresh lima pints 40
okra quarts 40
peas, English or green pints or quarts 40
potatoes, white quarts 40
tomatoes, whole or halved in tomato juice, @ 6lbs pints or quarts 40
tomatoes, whole or halved in tomato juice, @5lbs pints or quarts 40
tomatoes, whole or halved, raw with no added water, @ 5lbs pints or quarts 40
tomatoes, whole or halved, raw with no added water, @ 6lbs pints or quarts 40
******** ******** ********
green peanuts pints 45
mushrooms half-pints or pints 45
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beans, fresh lima quarts 50
green peanuts quarts 50
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corn, whole kernel pints 55
pumpkins and winter squash pints 55
winter squash and pumpkins pints 55
******** ******** ********
clams half-pints 60
soups (except seafood) pints 60
spaghetti sauce with meat pints 60
succotash pints 60
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beans, baked pints 65
beans, dry with tomato or molasses sauce pints 65
chicken or rabbit, with bones pints 65
potatoes, sweet pints 65
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clams pints 70
crab meat half-pints 70
spaghetti sauce with meat quarts 70
spinach and other greens pints 70
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beans or peas, shelled, dried, all varieties pints 75
beans, baked quarts 75
beans, dry with tomato or molasses sauce quarts 75
chicken or rabbit, with bones quarts 75
chicken or rabbit, without bones pints 75
chili con carne pints 75
meat, ground or chopped pints 75
meat, strips/cubes/chunks pints 75
mixed vegetables pints 75
oysters half-pints or pints 75
soups (except seafood) quarts 75
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crab meat pints 80
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corn whole kernel quarts 85
corn, creamed pints 85
succotash quarts 85
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beans or peas, shelled, dried, all varieties quarts 90
chicken or rabbit, without bones quarts 90
meat, ground or chopped quarts 90
meat, strips/cubes/chunks quarts 90
mincemeat pie filling quarts 90
mixed vegetables quarts 90
potatoes, sweet quarts 90
pumpkins and winter squash quarts 90
spinach and other greens quarts 90
winter squash and pumpkins quarts 90
******** ******** ********
fish pints 100
soups (seafood) pints 100
soups (seafood) quarts 100
tuna half-pints or pints 100
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fish, smoked pints 110
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fish quarts 160

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Bookmark the list! Never leave a space in a canner again! :)

The next question is … can you process something for longer than required … just so you can fill a canner?

The answer to that is YES! It’s a really bad idea to process a food for less time than the NCHFP recommends … and your food will suffer from some nutritional degradation the longer you process it … but you’re not going to create problems with food safety if you process a jar of food longer than required. I wouldn’t suggest adding more than 5 additional minutes to a pressure canner load, or 10 minutes to a BWB load … but sometimes that little bit of flexibility can help you fill a canner. We don’t want to waste energy … but just remember, you should ONLY add more time than the NCHFP suggests … NEVER, EVER use less.

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