Preserving the harvest: Review the basics before filling the canning jars

To those who plan to preserve the harvest this year, it’s good to review the basics so the final products have maximum quality, shelf life and safety. The advantages of home canning are lost when jars fail to seal properly, when food spoils or when flavor, texture, color and nutrients deteriorate during storage. (USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning). Consider these tips to achieve the best results.