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How can I determine if the home canning recipes received from friends and family are safe to use?

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While you may have home canning books or recipes considered to be family heirlooms or treasures, they may not always be safe to use. In 1989, the USDA updated their home canning guidelines based on safety and quality. Therefore, a home canning book or recipe that was published before 1989 may be outdated and could affect the safety and quality of your home canned foods. Be sure the canning book or recipe you use complies with up-to-date guidelines. The Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing & Dehydration and the USDA?s Complete Guide to Home Canning offer up-to-date information and recipes. See Equipment, Products, or Order Online. Source: Original FAQ posted at

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