It’s Canning Season!
One of the best parts of summer is easy access to an abundance of fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables. However, when the colder months roll around we are once again left deprived of these natural delights. Enter canning! Canning is a method of preservation, and the best way to enjoy summertime vegetables throughout the colder months.
Canning is an essential and safe, if done properly, method to food preservation. The canning process involves placing foods such as fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, pickles, and other preserves, in jars and heating them to a temperature that eliminates micro-organisms that cause the food to spoil. During the heating process, air is driven out of the jar and as it cools a vacuum seal is formed. This seal prevents air from getting back into the jar, preventing these micro-organisms from contaminating the food and leading to successful preservation.
With fall fast approaching, we’d like to share some home canning tips to help you have as much success as possible this year. If your garden has been a success this year, you’ll probably have a good amount of vegetables to can! And if you’re canning from store-bought items, make sure to read your ingredient list closely and beforehand to see if ingredients need to be prepped before the canning process. For example, does your watermelon rind need to be soaked in brine overnight before you can begin the pickling process?
When it comes to filling, experts have said that sterilizing jars and lids is not necessary because all bacteria will be eliminated in the process. Therefore, you can reuse jars from previous years, as long as they are in good condition. You’ll just need new lids to ensure a tight seal. Jars should be washed and dried before they are filled. It’s important to soak your new lids in hot water for ten minutes to soften the rubber edge, and help the lids grip on the top of the jar when the rings are screwed on.
Once the jars have been successfully processed, let them sit, untouched for at least an hour. As the jar cools the lids will sink into the center and you may hear a “ping” sound, indicating the lids have sealed. Store your jars away from direct sunlight, in a cool, dry place. Processed foods typically are good for a year, although many items will not spoil for a longer period of time. If you see mold, discoloration, or smell something funny, discard the food immediately. If a jar’s seal has been compromised discard of the food immediately, and ultimately, when in doubt, throw it out.
Offers premium cuts of organic vegetables in an affordable 10 oz. steam in bag
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Look for Hanover Organics in the Frozen Vegetable aisleWritten by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs
HORIZON MACARONI & CHEESEIntroducing new Horizon Macaroni & Cheese. Horizon exists to bring nutritious solutions to mom, so she can provide a healthy foundation for her family. We all know kids love macaroni & cheese, but mom is looking for more products made with simple, delicious and responsibly produced ingredients. Horizon’s Mac & Cheese is the only national brand with “real organic cheese” in every box. You can find the “Classic” variety with “real organic cheese”, the Super Mac with “real organic cheese” and 12 grams of protein and the Organic Mac that is USDA Certified Organic. All varieties have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and no HFCS. Look for the Horizon Macaroni & Cheese in the Natural aisle. The Pictsweet Company – a family owned grower, packer and distributor of select vegetables since 1945. First there’s Pictsweet’s 9 oz. Steam Deluxe Edamame and Super Sweet Corn – “Edamame Succotash” as they say on their bright red bag! They blend Pictsweet’s Shelled Edamame with beautiful kernels of the sweetest corn in a steamable bag! Pictsweet takes Succotash to a trendy new level. Second is Pictsweet’s Deluxe 12 oz. Baby Leaf Kale, which is also unique to the Pictsweet brand. Pictsweet worked with their seed suppliers in their Tennessee backyard to get just the right variety that they grow and pack right here in the USA. It’s the same Baby Leaf variety served in many of the Northeast’s finest restaurants. Prized as a leafy green vegetable that is an excellent source of Vitamin A, it has zero grams of sugar, is very low in sodium and is naturally fat free. Look for the two new Pictsweet items in the Vegetable section of the Frozen aisle. Written by Tyler Blance- Produce Merchandising
Local Produce in our Brand New Marshalls Creek Store!Last week, we cut the ribbon and opened the doors of our brand new store in Marshalls Creek Pennsylvania, built in the beautiful countryside southeast of Scranton. Our Marshalls Creek store is chock full of unique items and local products, but one thing we are particularly proud of providing for our Marshalls Creek chopper shoppers is local fruits and vegetables. Journeying through the produce department of this rural PA store, shoppers are presented with a variety of fresh, local produce from nearby areas. A. Gurda Produce, a local grower in the Middletown, NY area happily supplied us with their beautiful locally grown lettuces and radishes straight from the farm. Andy Gurda’s crops are grown in what’s known as the “Black Dirt Region” of New York State; the dark, rich soil was created at the end of the Ice Age! Talk about a throwback. Marshalls Creek is a short drive away from the “Jersey Fresh” produce of the garden state: New Jersey. We featured a variety of Jersey Fresh items for our shoppers to explore: Blueberries grown under the popular “Top Crop” name, basil, green and yellow squash and cucumbers straight from Jersey were all on display in our colorful, freshly-stocked produce department. And to top it all off, we had a special visit from Top Crop’s own blueberry mascot and a member of the Donio farm operation! Locally grown produce is something we take a lot of pride in supplying throughout the communities and areas we’re a part of, so we were happy to add Marshalls Creek into the mix. As for the rest of our Chopper Shoppers, the local produce season is coming into full swing, so keep an eye out for locally grown fruits and vegetables in your neighborhood Price Chopper! I’ll be updating you throughout the summer with locally grown happenings, so check back to see what’s growing on near you!
Produce for Kids® and Price Chopper are partnering for the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise funds for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. From June 16 to July 27, the more produce you add to your shopping list, the more hope we can give to local children!
To learn more about the campaign, visit the Produce for Kids display, featuring Sportacus and Chica from Sprout® TV, in the produce section of all Price Chopper stores to pick up easy-to-prepare recipes and a shopping list of all participating products.
You can also visit the Produce for Kids Facebook page to enter the Get Healthy with Produce for Kids Sweepstakes for the chance to win a Sprout gift basket and grocery store gift cards. In addition, Produce for Kids will be holding weekly giveaways on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram throughout the campaign.
As part of the campaign, popular Sprout characters will interact with kids at two Produce for Kids’ in-store appearances, featuring popular characters from the Super Why show, from 11:30am-2:30pm on June 29 at the Price Chopper located on 167 W. Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 and from 11:30am-2:30pm on July 13 at the Price Chopper located at 4547 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302.
The following companies proudly support the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign and your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: A. Gurda Produce Romaine & Boston Lettuce, Radishes & Red C Potatoes; Dole® Salads; SUNSET® Campari® Brand Cocktail Tomatoes; NatureSweet® Glorys™ Perfect Ingredient Tomatoes, Olivia’s Organics™ Organic Packaged Salads; Shuman Produce – RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions; Summeripe® Peaches, Plums, & Nectarines; Turbana® Bananas
Visit www.produceforkids.com/pricechopper for more information.