We had our first Farmer's Market this past Saturday, and there were a lot of safety concerns at the first public gathering since the State of Illinois lockdown in March. The Urbana's Market at the Square was the epitome of good social distancing practices. And here are some answers if you may have concerns about the food safety of our canned goods. COVID-19 did not invent or perfect the canning process, which, by definition is very safe. It always has been, and always will be. You may have a reason to doubt the safety of the people you might come into contact with on a daily basis, but you should never doubt the safety of the canned goods you can buy from us at the Farmer's Market.
The safety is in the boiling of the jars during the sterilization process, the boiling of the food I put into the sterilized jars, the pressure canning process that heats the jars/food and therefore sealing the lid, and the ability to sanitize the jars after purchase.
And our food is safer for you than what you buy in the store for one reason: preservatives. Our preservatives are the canning process itself which preserves unopened jars for 18 months - 3 years. We seriously had tomato soup from 2 years ago that was unbelievable! In most cases you're safe well-into the 2 year range. When you buy canned goods at the store, the preservatives are things like high fructose corn syrup and other unpronounceable chemicals.
Totally safe! Totally chemical-free, all natural, grown-in-the-garden goodness with Tiger Gardens canned goods! Totally delicious! Here, I take you through the canning process with our recipe for our award winning Grilled Peach/Grilled Corn/Grilled Red Pepper Salsa.