Do you like eating fresh squash or do you can it for later use? Canning is a great way of preserving the food for a longer period instead of just putting it in the fridge. But how to can squash without a pressure cooker if you don’t have one? No worries because in this article you’ll find it out. We are going to tell you how you can simply use water for canning without using a pressure cooker.
How To Can Squash Without Pressure Cooker
Warning: Pressure canning is more effective to kill the botulism potential. The water bath canning squash mentioned below is a traditional method and NOT a scientifically approved method. Try at your own risk!
A method called bathing water canning is done when you don’t have a pressure cooker at home. So, this is how to can squash without a pressure cooker at home. Just follow the easy steps that are described below.
Step 1: Picking The Right Amount Of Squash To Can
You cannot just can however squash you like. Instead, to can squash without a pressure cooker, there are some proper rules of picking the right amount of squash that you need to follow. Usually, you’ll be needing approx. 1kg of fresh squash to fill a 1L glass jar. So, in my opinion, you should take 6 to 7kg of squash to fill up 6 of such glass jars in which you want to can it.
Step 2: Clean And Cut Squash
Now, after picking up the right amount, you’ll need to prep it before start filling the jars. For this, you need to first wash the fresh squash properly with clean water. Now, peel their skin and remove all the seeds inside it. Then, cut the food with a knife into chunks of about 1 inch or at least 3cm.
Step 3: Cleaning And Sanitizing The Jars
The step of prepping the glass jars for canning is the most important part. This is because the step can actually ruin all your hard work if you don’t clean the jars properly. You need to first wash all jars. Then, use a large pot filled with water to heat it till boiling. Place all the canning jars and their lids in boiling water and give it some time. Boiling temperature helps to kill all kinds of microorganisms from the jars.
Step 4: Cook Fill up the Glass Jars
Now, all there left is filling and cooking. Quickly fill up all the jars but leave an inch of space at the rim. Add a little clean boiled water to fill up the spaces left in the jar. Don’t forget to leave a little space at the top. It is to maintain pressure inside the canning jars.
Step 5: Seal The Glass Jars
The last part is to close the mouth of all jars tightly with screwing their lids on them. Make sure they’re tight enough to not let anything inside. Place a large pot filled with water on heat and position a trivet stand in the center. Put all jars inside and give them a good boil. After that, remove them carefully, cool then, and place them somewhere safe for later use.
This is how to can squash without a pressure cooker.
If you are looking for a SAFE method, try PRESSURE CANNING squash as per the videos below!