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Canning questions (am I going to give my friends a jar of botulism)

brklynn | Jun 24, 2010 03:23 PM

I'm new to canning, and made a batch of chutney to hot water process today (my first time!). I'm not sure that my jars have sealed, even tho I boiled for 10 minutes. I was following the guidelines from Ball, and they recommend letting the jars rest in the pot for 5 minutes before you remove them to cool. I got distracted by a phone call, and left them in the water longer than that. Could that be the reason they didn't seal?

I also thought maybe it was because I didn't tighten the rings enough. How tight is "finger" tight?

Finally, I did pick up and look at two jars to check the seal after I took them out of the water -- then realized afterward that I'm not supposed to touch or move them while they cool. argh.

I want to give these out to friends, and am hoping I don't poison them. any advice/guidance is appreciated!

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