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Canning & Labeling Tips for Fall

September 22, 2016

The sensation of the fall season is all around us—the leaves are changing colors, the air is becoming crisper, and people everywhere are splurging on pumpkin-spiced lattes.

Another fall favorite for many is heading to the local apple orchard, berry patch, or farmer’s market to pick up homemade apple butter, jam and other canned goods. If you’re in the canning business, we have a few important tips for you to prepare you for the fall season ahead.

1. Customized Labels Matter

Just like any food product, customized labels are important. The majority of consumers have one food intolerance or another, and it’s important that food labels list each and every ingredient in order of predominance by weight. The same goes for homemade canned goods. Check out our large selection of canning labels on our website.

2. Ensure Food Safety

Canning isn’t as simple as it sounds. You can’t just throw a food item into a jar, seal it up, and call it a day. Instead, canning requires additional knowledge and preparation in order to ensure food safety. Canning involves a bit of chemistry and rules must be applied in accordance with current USDA safety guidelines.

If you’re new to canning, it’s recommended that you attend a home canning class or read books on the topic if you plan to can and sell homemade goods to the public. The National Center on Home Food Preservation is another great resource for beginners.

3. Use Effective Packaging

If you’re thinking of getting crafty about packaging your canned goods, think again. Jars with two-piece lids are the only jars recommended by the USDA for canning purposes. Examples of these types of jars include Kerr, Ball, or Leifheit brands. Jars with one-piece lids are not recommended and are actually more difficult to use for canning purposes. Plastic Tattler lids are also not recommended.

In addition, jars should be stored in a cool, dark space in an upright position without the food touching the lid itself. Many consumers are avoiding canned goods since the cans themselves may contain Bisphenol A (BPA), and the same goes for lids. Storing your canned items in an upright position will keep the food from coming into contact with the lid.

4. Inform Your Customers

To ensure the safety of your customers and to avoid any negative feedback from them, it’s important that you inform your customers about proper storage methods. Your customized labels are the perfect place to include information about storage methods.

While your customers may want to show off their canned goods in certain areas of their homes, it’s important that you remind them to keep canned goods away from direct sunlight and in a cool, dark storage space, such as a basement or a cupboard.

5. Choose Labels That Shine

Sheet-Labels.com offers you a variety of canning labels to choose from depending on your style and the size of your jars. Label shapes range from round SL108 labels to rectangular SL532 and square SL610 labels, to unique shapes like our SL672 labels. Whatever customized labels you choose, Sheet-Labels.com can help you to achieve the perfect look for your canning needs! 

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