Convenient, But Is It Safe?
I was first introduced to canned bread at a canning class my mom, sister and I attended several years ago.
As a fun refreshment at the end of the class, they served ice cream and canned bread. "Wow!" I started thinking. "I could really get into this!"
I am like the baking queen of the family, and would have loved to start canning bread.
Then I learned that canning bread really wasn't all that safe. First of all, it uses oven canning, which is a method that has been proved unsafe by the National Center for Home Food Preservation. (Check out our
canned food safety guidelines.)
Plus, when you preserve such a large variety of things all jumbled together...you really don't know how it's going to affect the safety of the end result. Here's how the National Center for Food Preservation puts it:
(Click here to go directly to National Center for Home Food Preservation.)
"These products are not recommended for canning; choose recipes that you can freeze. In fact, most of these products are not really "canned." The directions call for baking in the jar and then closing with a canning lid. Many recipes for quick breads and cakes are low-acid and have the potential for supporting the growth of a bacteria like Clostridium botulinum if it is present inside the closed jar. One university's research showed a high potential for problems. You will see these products made commercially; however, additives, preservatives and processing controls not available for home recipes are used."
Boy was I disapointed.
But that doesn't mean you can't try out these canned bread recipes; it's the act of oven canning them that's unsafe. The recipes themselves are perfectly harmless as long as you bake them and eat them fresh. Heck, you could even bake the bread in jars if you like the round shape...just leave the lids off and eat them fresh.
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You can also freeze these breads (in plastic bags, of course), or you can do it the old fashioned way...eat em' fresh.
And actually, I don't think canned bread would have worked very well for me after all...between my four brothers, pint jars of yummy breads wouldn't last very long, anyway. It was just the other day that I made 2 loaves of Chocolate Banana Bread, and both pans were licked clean by nightfall.
So for me, baking quick breads and eating them fresh and hot out of the oven is just the best way.
Want to try some of my quick bread recipes?
Banana Bread Recipe
Chocolate Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Had an experience with canned bread?
If you've canned bread in the past, tell us about it. Obviously not everyone dies from it :-), but it's generally considered unsafe. Tell us your experience - how did it work? Have you ever had any problems with it? Do you prefer freezing breads? Let us know!
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