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       Title: Canned Foods For Special Diets
  Categories: Canning, Information
       Yield: 1 servings
  
  
   The cost of commercially canned special diet food often prompts interest
   in preparing these products at home. Some low-sugar and low-salt foods
   may be easily and safely canned at home. However the color, flavor and
   texture of these foods may be different than expected and be less
   acceptable.
   
   CANNING WITHOUT SUGAR
   
   In canning regular fruits without sugar, it is very important to select
   fully ripe but firm fruits of the best quality. Prepare these as
   described for hot-packs for each fruit, but use water or regular
   unsweetened fruit juices instead of sugar syrup. (For more information
   see additional publications for individual fruits.) Juice made from the
   fruit being canned is best. Blends of unsweetened apple, pineapple, and
   white grape juice are also good for filling over solid fruit pieces.
   Adjust headspaces and lids and use the processing recommendations given
   for regular fruits. Add sugar substitutes, if desired, when serving.
   
   CANNING WITHOUT SALT (REDUCED SODIUM)
   
   To can tomatoes, vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood, follow the
   normal procedures for canning, but omit the salt. In these products,
   salt seasons the food but is not necessary to ensure its safety. Add
   salt substitutes, if desired, when serving.
   
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   * USDA Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539 (rev. 1994)
   * Meal-Master format courtesy of Karen Mintzias
  
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