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What are reasons for preserving foods?

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Preserving food extends the life of products, promotes environmental sustainability, reduces costs when people purchase canning products in bulk and raises awareness of different types of fruits and vegetables. Preserved food lasts longer than fresh produce, refrigerated items and frozen goods. Once canned, preserved products do not require refrigeration or freezing; they maintain a fresh taste and do not easily spoil.

 Preserved foods generally derive from freshly picked, seasonally available products. Selecting locally grown products creates environmental benefits, since consumers reduce the demand for shipping and transportation associated with transporting produce and fresh items. Preserving foods creates health benefits as well, since using proper canning techniques eliminates the need for added chemicals and artificial preservatives. In addition, using natural foods enhances flavor.

Once preserved, people find preserved foods convenient for consumption. These foods, like traditional canned products, do not necessitate preparation. Their shelf stability makes preserved goods ideal for use in emergencies and safe for consumption during power outages, since preserved foods can last more than 12 months without spoiling.

Many people derive educational benefits through canning and preserving food too. They learn about different kinds of foods, and the ideal seasons for growth and harvesting. Lastly, beautifully packaged cans containing preserved goods make nice homemade presents.


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