Canning Oysters

You can keep seafood fresh and flavorful by learning how to can it. Canning oysters is safe and simple with this handy guide from the USDA.
From the United States Department of Agriculture
July 2014
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Keep your favorite seafood such as oysters fresh longer by learning how to can them.
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Canning fresh seafood is a great way to keep delicious ingredients close at hand for future meals. In this helpful excerpt from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Complete Guide to Home Canning, you’ll learn the process for canning oysters safely. Use this and our other canning resources to keep your pantry stocked with fresh foods all year long.

The following is an excerpt from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning covering canning oysters. 

Oysters

Procedure: Keep live oysters on ice until ready to can. Wash shells. Heat 5 to 7 minutes in preheated oven at 400 degrees F. Cool briefly in ice water. Drain, open shell, and remove meat. Wash meat in water containing 1/2 cup salt per gallon. Drain. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to each pint, if desired. Fill hot half-pint or pint jars with drained oysters and cover with fresh boiling water, leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process.

Have a smartphone or tablet? Download the free How to Can app! Find it in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. It’s the power of canning know-how in the palm of your hand.








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