Canning Salmon is a great way to preserve some of your catch for later. It allows you to enjoy the taste of freshly caught fish any time and also lets you save money. Canning salmon is a great way to store this protein-rich food for a long time. It is also one of the most popular types of fish because it\u2019s so easy to do and has endless possibilities for recipes you can use your canned fish in.\n\n\n\nThere are a few different ways to can salmon the most recommended being pressure canning. Canning salmon will involve these basic steps:\n\n\n\nClean: Wash away any surface bacteria with water.\n\n\n\nSterilize: Expose food to heat for an appropriate amount of time that will kill micro-organisms.\n\n\n\nPrepare: Pack the hot food into clean jars, add some liquid, it might be oils or vinegar, depending on your preference.\n\n\n\nPack: Put the lids on the jars and tighten the seals properly and start the pressure canning process.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThis blog post will serve as your guide to pressure can your salmon right at home with some simple steps. We will also walk you through so you can choose the jars that are right for you for the canning.\n\n\n\nWhy you should pressure can salmon\n\n\n\nA pressure canner is the best way to go when it comes to storing canned salmon. It ensures your food isn\u2019t exposed to harmful bacteria while being stored. Pressure canners take out any air left in the container so there is no risk of spoiling the fish. It gives you a simple way to preserve your salmon that can be enjoyed even years later if done properly.\n\n\n\nWhat you need for Pressure Canning Salmon\n\n\n\n4 lbs of salmon10-pint cans or 7-quart cans, depending on your preference.5 teaspoons kosher salt if you use pint cans or 7 teaspoons kosher salt if you are using quart cans.5 teaspoons neutral oil\/vinegar if you use pint cans or 7 teaspoons neutral oil\/vinegar if you are using quart cans. (Optional)\n\n\n\nHow to Pressure Can Salmon\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPrepare the Pressure Canner by adding 2 to 3 inches of water to the bottom. Place the canning rack at the bottom so that your salmon cans don\u2019t come in direct contact with the bottom of your pressure can.\n\n\n\nIf you are using the Presto pressure canner we have suggested, you will need about 7-quart cans or 10-pint cans in a single go. Rinse your canning jars and lids thoroughly with hot soapy water until they are well sanitized and all traces of soap are removed. It is ideal to keep the cans hot until they are filled, so you can keep them either in a dishwasher at a low temperature or cover the bottom of a large stockpot with a little bit of water and place them on indirect heat on the stovetop on low heat. Boil the canning lids in water for 5-7 minutes so that they are well sterilized as well.\n\n\n\nPrepare the salmon: Fillet your salmon and remove the bones and skin from the fillets if desired. Cut the fish into can-length fillets or chunks if that\u2019s easier for you to pack.\n\n\n\nYou can either pack the fish into your hot cans raw or precooked. Make sure that you pack them in tightly but leave some space at the top of the can. If you are using quart cans leave about 1-inch headspace and in case of pints, leave \u00bd inch headspace.\n\n\n\nThe salmon will release its liquid so you don\u2019t need to add a lot of additional canning liquid. If you desire, you can add oil or vinegar. Adding vinegar will help in softening the bones in the fish. Whichever canning liquid you choose, you don\u2019t need a lot of it. Adding \u00bd teaspoon for a pint and 1 teaspoon for a quart is sufficient.\n\n\n\nTop off your jars with some canning salt. A lot of professionals in canning, recommend that you use canning salt or kosher salt instead of table salt when you are canning. While table salt won\u2019t affect the taste of your salmon, it contains some anticaking agents that prevent it from clumping together. These anticaking agents can cause your canning liquid to turn murky and make it seem unappealing. Add \u00bd teaspoon for 1 pint and 1 teaspoon for a quart.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOnce your cans are all filled, clean them with a damp cloth to remove any oils that may prevent sealing during the can pressuring process. Place your canning lids on the cans and tighten them firmly.\n\n\n\nPlace your prepared cans into your pressure canner carefully and close the lid of the canner. Turn on the burner and let the canner vent for a few minutes. When you see steady steam start, you can place the regulator on the vent pipe.\n\n\n\nOnce you place the regulator on, the pressure reading on the canner gauge will increase. Adjust the heat so that the pressure is stays at 10 PSI (pounds per square inch) for 110 minutes or as per your pressure canner\u2019s instructions.\n\n\n\nOnce the processing time finish, turn off the heat and allow the pressure to drop naturally. You can monitor the pressure using the pressure gauge on your pressure canner. Once it drops to 0, open the lid and carefully lift out your cans using a jar lifter and allow them to cool down to room temperature.\n\n\n\nWhen your cans are cooled to room temperature, check their seal by pushing the lid in the middle. If it doesn\u2019t pop up it means it is sealed properly.\n\n\n\nWipe the can with a wet cloth and they are ready to be stored in your pantry to be enjoyed as and when you wish!\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=ofq2-_pe4is\n\n\n\n\nTips for Pressure Canning Salmon\n\n\n\nIf you are planning on keeping the skin on the salmon, make sure that you put the skin side toward the outside of the can when you fill them. Canning salmon requires a pressure canner. Dry heat canning will not produce the same result, be sure to use a pressure canner when canning your salmon!Canning is all about ensuring whatever\u2019s inside of the can remains sterile, so leaving the lid open will ruin everything you worked towards! Be sure you keep the can lid shut tight throughout the process.Never add water to your cans when canning salmon! The salmon releases its liquid during the cooking process that adds to its flavor. \n\n\n\nHow to Choose the Correct Cans for Canning Salmon\n\n\n\nWe would recommend going with wide-mouth glass mason canning jars to use for your salmon pressure canning process. The wide mouth makes both the packing process and the cleaning process much easier for you.\n\n\n\nSome tips for choosing the correct cans:\n\n\n\nChoose cans that have heavy glass that can withstand the heating process.For home salmon pressure canning, go for either a quart size or pint size depending on the appropriate portion size for you.Once you open a can and want to store any leftovers, make sure you store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. Make sure you are using them within 3 to 4 days.\n\n\n\nFrequently Asked Questions\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCan you eat canned salmon right out of the can?\n\n\n\nProvided the can is sealed tight, has no leakage, and was stored in a safe manner you can eat canned salmon right out of the can. Canned salmon cooks during the pressure canning process. You can enjoy it as is, or add it to any dish of your choice.\n\n\n\nHow long can homemade pressure canned salmon last?\n\n\n\nAs long as your cans are intact and stored correctly, your canned salmon can easily last for 3 - 4 years. However, make sure when you are using the oldest cans first. Make it a habit to label your cans with the canning date so that this process is easier for you.\n\n\n\nHow can you tell if the canned salmon has gone bad?\n\n\n\nUsually pressure canned salmon won\u2019t go if you have stored it correctly. If it does go bad, you will be able to tell pretty easily by observing its appearance and smell, for example, if your salmon is giving off an ammonia-like smell or it looks moldy, discard it immediately. If any of your cans are leaky or rusty, discard them.\n\n\n\nIs canned salmon healthy?\n\n\n\nFresh and canned fish roughly have the same nutrients. The canning process does not degrade the fish in any way. So you will get a healthy dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, proteins, and calcium. Canning salmon yourself helps eliminate any outside contaminants.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCanning salmon is a great way to store this protein-rich food for a long time. Canning is a great way to make sure that you and your family are healthy, and canning it yourself ensures that you know exactly what you are putting in your body.\n\n\n\nSo, there you have it! With these simple steps and tips, you will be well on your way to canning salmon successfully and enjoying it for a long time!