How to fill empty places in your Pressure Canner

And now, the same thing for Pressure Canners! To use this chart, find your PC processing time in the right column … and then see what else is in that time group … that you can add into your half-full canner. For example, if you only have three quarts of green beans (that process for 25 minutes at 10/11 PSI) … this chart will tell you that you could fill the rest of your canner with pints of carrots, quarts of chicken/turkey or meat stock, quarts of Mexican tomato sauce, pints of okra, quarts of spaghetti sauce without meat, or several different versions of tomato products … because they all can at 10/11psi at under 1,000 ft above sea level … for 25 minutes :)

P.S. Don’t miss the note*** on tomatoes at the end!

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, halves 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
******** ******** ********
beets quarts 35
peppers half-pints or pints 35
potatoes, white pints 35
tomatoes with okra or zucchini quarts 35
******** ******** ********
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
******** ******** ********
beans, fresh lima quarts 50
green peanuts quarts 50
******** ******** ********
corn, whole kernel pints 55
pumpkins and winter squash pints 55
******** ******** ********
clams half-pints 60
soups (except seafood) pints 60
spaghetti sauce with meat pints 60
succotash pints 60
******** ******** ********
beans, baked pints 65
beans, dry with tomato or molasses sauce pints 65
chicken or rabbit, with bones pints 65
potatoes, sweet pints 65
******** ******** ********
clams pints 70
crab meat half-pints 70
spaghetti sauce with meat quarts 70
spinach and other greens pints 70
******** ******** ********
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
******** ******** ********
crab meat pints 80
******** ******** ********
corn, whole kernel quarts 85
corn, creamed pints 85
succotash quarts 85
******** ******** ********
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
******** ******** ********
fish pints 100
soups (seafood) pints 100
soups (seafood) quarts 100
tuna half-pints or pints 100
******** ******** ********
fish, smoked pints 110
******** ******** ********
fish quarts 160

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Again … never leave a space in a canner again! :)

***NOTE: As you can see in the chart, there are several tomato recipes which include the required pressure (5/6, 10/11, and 15/16psi) in their description. That’s because–in those cases–the NCHFP figured out three different pressure canner processing times for these products … one for each level of pressure. It also makes including these recipes in this chart tricky, because pressures change per changes in elevation … so you’ve got to be sure to read the individual pages for each of the tomato products to be sure you’re aligning pressures AND times appropriately.

If the pressure indication is either 10 or 11psi–and you’re below 1,000 ft in elevation for a weight-gauge canner or 2,000 ft in elevation for a dial-gauge canner–then it’s the same thing as your standard pressure.

If the pressure indication is either 15 or 16–and you’re above 1,000 ft (or 2,000 ft) in elevation–then the other item(s) in the canner should require (according to the NCHFP charts) that same pressure, too, in order to be compatible. You should NEVER include tomato products that require 15psi for that amount of processing time in a batch that’s running at 10/11 psi. They will NOT can safely at that lowered pressure.

If the pressure indication for your tomatoes is either 5 or 6 psi … there are no other compatible NCHFP processes … so you really can’t substitute them into any other loads 1-to-1. However, if your tomato product isn’t one where texture is an issue–like with tomato juice or crushed tomatoes–your tomatoes will still be “safe” if you process them in a load that’s pressure canning at a higher (10/11psi) pressure than required. You will lose a small percentage of the nutritional value, thanks to canning it at a higher pressure … but the loss will be nominal.

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