Canning applesauce in half gallon jars?

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  1. Sarah K.

    Sarah K. Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I have a box of half gallon jars and I was wondering if they'd be suitable for canning applesauce. All the sources I can find either say that they can be used for certain high-acid fruits but don't give details, or that they are only OK for fruit juices. Can anyone enlighten me further?

    Thanks,
    Sarah
     
  2. IowaLez

    IowaLez Glowing in The Sun Supporter

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    We just bought a new All-American pressure canner and it came with a book of canning directions including for 1/2 gallon jars. The only things you can safely can in them is high-acid apple juice and grape juice. the USDA has done no other testing for anything else in 1/2 gallon jars. Most foods can't heat up thoroughly in the center of the 1/2 gallon jars.
     

  3. lwj2

    lwj2 Well-Known Member

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    Half gallon jars should also work for tomato based stuff, it's high acid.

    We generally use our half gallon jars for dry or refrigerated storage.
     
  4. bgak47

    bgak47 Well-Known Member

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    When you open that half gallon jar of applesauce who's going to eat it all?