canning during a power outage?

luv2pepper(5)August 7, 2011

My power went out just as I was packing my last jar of peppers. Will I be able to save these and process them once power comes back up? Please help

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Pickled waiting on a BWB or plain waiting on the PC? Makes a big difference.

If pickled and if the power isn't out too long then I'd just go ahead and process then to get the vacuum in the jars. Not ideal but the vinegar is the primary safety factor. If the power is out for hours then the brine needs to be reheated.

If plain waiting for the PC then put them in the fridge till the power is back on. Then open the jars pour out the water, make new boiled water, reheat it so the jars are hot when they go into the PC.


    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 7:05PM
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Thank you Dave. It is a BWB,pickledand still no power. If the brine needs to be reheated then do I need to resterilize the jars too ?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 9:12PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

No, jars never need to be sterilized if whatever they contain is going to be processed for 10 mins or longer. Pickle recipes are normally BWB processed for at least that long.


    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 9:18PM
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