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Q: Is home processed corn and bean salsa allowed?

A: No, home processed, corn and bean salsa is not an allowed cottage food. Currently, there are no researched tested recipes to add beans or corn to home-canned salsa. Adding beans and/or corn will raise the pH well above 4.6 making it a potentially hazardous food. To safely can products above 4.6, you must use a pressure canner, using the time and pressure tested for that product to destroy the Clostridium Botulinum spores and prevent its growth. The final product will still be above 4.6 and therefore not an allowable cottage food. Commercially produced low-acid foods follow strict processing and federal guidelines. 


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