Karina’s Safety Cooking Tip!
The above is a photo of olives which I have cured, marinated and preserved, for later enjoyment (once the flavours develop). One crucial step, which I will never miss, would be to sterilise the preserving jars beforehand.
Sterilising jars prior to filling with food, is crucial and beneficial. The benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Your food will keep for much longer.
– Your food will have been handled correctly.
– Your food may be safe for consumption i.e. food will not be contaminated with bacteria.
There are many different methods to use in order to sterilise your glass jars, prior to using. I like to grab a large pot, fill it up 3/4 with cool water, then place the jar back into the large pot. Once the jar has started to boil for 12 minutes, then you are ready to place your jar into a hot oven, for approximately 3 minutes, or however long it takes to evaporate any residual water off the jar.
Stay safe in the kitchen!