The Lemon Juice Edition (BBB)

Apr
7

Why do canning recipes call for bottled lemon juice instead of fresh? This is one of the frequently asked questions for new home canners. Isn’t fresh lemon juice, well, fresher, and isn’t that part of the reason we’re canning, to preserve the best, most natural, most fresh food possible to provide for our families?

The USDA recommends bottled lemon juice because of the consistency of the pH in the standardized production process. Fresh lemons may vary in pH. This is particularly important when canning low acid vegetables such as tomatoes, but not as important when canning fruits. This is why if you look in the Ball Blue Book at a stewed tomato recipe, it calls for bottled lemon juice specifically, but if you look at strawberry jam, it simply calls for lemon juice. Sometimes a recipe you find posted on the web or a hand-scrawled recipe given to you by a friend may not be as specific, so it’s important to know the difference. In a jam recipe, the lemon juice is there to help with the set while in a low acid vegetable or tomato recipe (or a recipe with a mix of ingredients that includes low acid items), the lemon juice is there to lower the pH. So go ahead, use the fresh-squeezed lemon in your fruits, but don’t forget to have the bottle on-hand for other recipes where it’s required. (You can also use 1/4 teaspoon citric acid in place of every 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice called for in a recipe, if you prefer.)


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  1. 4-7
    1:08
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    1:50
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  4. 4-7
    2:04
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  5. 4-7
    2:14
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  6. 4-7
    3:34
    am

    You can also use bottled lime juice as a substitute for bottled lemon juice. I love it in my salsa.
    :)

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    3:34
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  8. 4-7
    4:48
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  9. 4-7
    5:04
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  10. 4-7
    5:29
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  11. 4-7
    5:32
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    6:19
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    6:20
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    6:24
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  17. 4-7
    6:43
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    Oooo good info, I didn’t know that! I’ve never canned tomatoes except salsa (and Enjay, I DO use lime, you’re right, it’s delicious!) and I use the crazytart lemons from our neighbor’s tree in my jams. Sooo sour, and sooo tasty! BBB please! :sun:

  18. 4-7
    6:53
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    7:40
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  23. 4-7
    7:40
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    7:41
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    7:54
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  29. 4-7
    8:12
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    Good to know about lemon juice too.

  30. 4-7
    8:15
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  31. 4-7
    8:19
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    8:25
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    8:27
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    8:29
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    8:30
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  36. 4-7
    8:31
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    8:35
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    8:38
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    8:40
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    8:42
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    8:53
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    8:56
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    9:03
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    9:16
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  53. 4-7
    9:17
    am

    Huh…who would have thought the Ph wouldn’t remain consistant, but I guess now that I’ve read it, it makes sense. Just like the essential oils may not be consistant in different plants of the same species. I guess it depends on how and where it’s grown? Very interesting read this morning. Thank you! :)

    (BBB)

  54. 4-7
    9:18
    am

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  55. 4-7
    9:21
    am

    I think there is room in the world for both fresh and bottled lemon juice.
    :)
    Just don’t give me bottled juice to go with my tea.
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    Thanks.

  56. 4-7
    9:23
    am

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  61. 4-7
    9:30
    am

    BBB
    Okay, so are there recipes to can(bottle) your own lemon juice? lol
    It will probably be another couple of years before my tree is big enough for that.
    Thanks for the chance Suzanne and Billie.

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    9:32
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    9:32
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    9:44
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  66. 4-7
    9:56
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    I, too, had always wondered about the lemon juice. I had assumed it was so you could measure consistently, but I hadn’t thought about Ph.

    And I really hope this time is my chance to win! BBB

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    9:56
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    10:25
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  75. 4-7
    10:28
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    10:28
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    10:46
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  79. 4-7
    10:49
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  80. 4-7
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    11:00
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  85. 4-7
    11:08
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  86. 4-7
    11:13
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    What a great tip! I did not know there was a difference. I always have citric acid on hand, thank you. BBB

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    11:16
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  88. 4-7
    11:16
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    11:18
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  90. 4-7
    11:26
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    11:32
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    11:36
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    11:48
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    11:50
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    12:18
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    12:22
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    12:40
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  99. 4-7
    12:41
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    1:06
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  101. 4-7
    1:10
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  102. 4-7
    1:12
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    I usually use citric acid just to be sure. Now I know why! BBB please. Thanks!

  103. 4-7
    1:12
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  104. 4-7
    1:16
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  105. 4-7
    1:17
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  106. 4-7
    1:19
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    1:23
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    1:30
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    1:38
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    1:40
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    1:58
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  112. 4-7
    2:01
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    2:02
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  114. 4-7
    2:19
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    BBB Please!

  115. 4-7
    2:30
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    Interesting :). I like lemons. And I want a BBB! Maybe this year I can do some canning stuff :).

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    2:40
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    3:13
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  118. 4-7
    3:19
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    Mary :shocked:

  119. 4-7
    3:46
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    Thank you. I have wondered about that. BBB please.

  120. 4-7
    4:26
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    Mmm. I love lemons.

    BBB please

  121. 4-7
    4:35
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    5:09
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    5:09
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  124. 4-7
    5:22
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    More often than not, I use bottled lemon juice in just about everything calling for “fresh” lemon juice! BBB :)

  125. 4-7
    5:27
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    Didn’t know that. I always use fresh lemon juice. Guess that’s why I need the BBB.

    Here’s what I like to do with lemon juice.
    http://kitchenscoop.com/blog/we-love-marthas-lemon-chicken.-you-will-too/

  126. 4-7
    5:40
    pm

    BBB, please.

  127. 4-7
    6:04
    pm

    I always use the jar of lemon juice for my canned tomatoes, but my elderly neighbor tells me that the reason the pH is so low in tomatoes is because we’ve bred it out the them. According to her, back when everyone used heirlooms, they didn’t add any acid to their jars. BBB please!

  128. 4-7
    6:06
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    BBB Please

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    6:19
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  130. 4-7
    6:59
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  131. 4-7
    7:18
    pm

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    7:23
    pm

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  133. 4-7
    7:37
    pm

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  134. 4-7
    7:59
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  135. 4-7
    8:15
    pm

    Pick me, Pick me, BBB Please.

  136. 4-7
    8:16
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    BBB please!

  137. 4-7
    8:52
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    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t realize there was such a difference between fresh vs bottled; I just knew that some recipes were very specific about which you should use. BBB, pls!

  138. 4-7
    9:12
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    9:37
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    10:07
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    10:21
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    10:27
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  144. 4-7
    10:46
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    Thanks, Billie and of course, Suzanne for the chance to win the BBB.

  145. 4-7
    10:57
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    BBB PLEASE!!

  146. 4-7
    11:48
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    I have been loving this site and have always wanted to try canning but have never been brave enough..haha. Thanks for all the good info
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  147. 4-8
    12:05
    am

    BBB Book please

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    12:37
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  149. 4-8
    7:44
    am

    Thanks Suzann,
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  150. 4-8
    9:15
    am

    The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, is #27, jenni.

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED TO ENTRY.

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