Hassling with headspace.

Jar with HeadspaceThere are some tricks to successful canning – and over the years, I’ve managed to learn a bunch of them.  That’s why I’m happy to share those tricks and tips with the folks who read my blog or follow me on Facebook.

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So, what’s the deal with headspace?  Let’s discuss …

Q. I love the flavor of the new berry pie filling.  It brings good flavor, but not to sweet to a mixture.  However, I have canned it 3 times now and I find that putting 1/2 inch head space is not enough and it is not holding a seal. I tried the last one at the inch head space-recommended by the USDA pie filling and this seemed to work.

Any thoughts on what I might have done wrong with the 1/2 inch?

A. You are fine with using a 1-inch headspace. When it’s heated it swells, so the extra headspace works.

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