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ANARIE
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6/8/13 5:34 P

Do you can without adding any salt at all? If so, next time you're in the store, find "no salt added" versions of the canned foods there and write down that information. Then you'll get the figures for the natural sodium in the veggies, but not the amount that's added in processing. If you do use some small amount of salt in your own canning, then the recipe calculator is your best bet.

You might also want to get in touch with the Cooperative Extension folks in your county. Just Google "Cooperative Extension" and the name of your county to find out who they are, and give them a call or an e-mail. They can give you information about safety as well as nutrition, and they'll be just tickled to hear from someone who does home canning-- it's a dying art. They might even set you up with some free workshops to learn new techniques, and if it turns out you're really good at it, they might find a way to make you a trainer/leader, which might eventually lead to free supplies or even paying work.



EXOTEC
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6/8/13 12:48 P

There is a recipe calculator here on SP that's saved me many times. You enter exactly what you put in it - fresh veggies, etc, describe the portion size, and it will calculate all the nutrition information for you. Try it out!




SWIMOM
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6/8/13 10:55 A

I can as well and exclude the sodium using canned or frozen numbers minus any additives. Processing of any kind takes something away from the product so I figure it would not be accurate to use the "fresh" term. Plus, there are some canned goods that I add a small amount of salt to when processing......



KCLARK89
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6/8/13 10:00 A

Try looking it up as 'fresh' whatever and that should be more accurate.



OLGA18
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6/8/13 9:06 A

Could you use their information minus the salt?



LANEAHC
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6/8/13 8:44 A

We live on a small farm with a huge garden. I also freeze or can everything from the garden at home myself (black-eyed peas, green beans, okra, squash). I know these are so much better than store-bought, but every time I try to find nutrition info it is loaded with Sodium that I know is not in my jars. Anyone have any suggestions?



 
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