Do you like Botulism?

One of my blogging friends sent me a little email tip this morning about canning and cornstarch….
If you have already read my post called 
Home-Canned Spaghetti Sauce 
and are planning to make it…please make note.
Last year when MyHandsomeHusband and I made the sauce, we didn’t add any cornstarch. This year we thought it would help to thicken the sauce up a bit.
It did!
I spoke with a Nutritionist from the 
USU Extension Office this afternoon.
She said that cornstarch makes any kind of tomato product unsafe to be processed in a Water Bath, or a Pressure Cooker.
So, there you have it.
Please don’t bottle this sauce. 
Botalism is actually fatal!
Yes, fatal.
Aren’t you glad you came by to read a recipe full of poison?
Just the cozy, heart warming kind of thing you 
want to read on a Monday, isn’t it. 
And now I’m signing off…..
I need to get all 33 jars of spaghetti sauce
I made last Saturday into the freezer.
So sorry for the error, my friends.
Pass the chocolate.

Post a comment!


  1. 1
    September 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Did you have to freeze in plastic? Couldn't you have used the bottles?

  2. 2
    September 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    What about if you canned it with plain gelatin as the thickener? I made salsa and used that to thicken it. Let me know what you think.

  3. 3
    September 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Whew! I almost commented this AM…but didn't. The recipe also doesn't have enough acid to be canned safely…but freezing it would be yummy!
    check out this website for all the current info. for canning safely.
    Shelley-WSU master Food Preserver

  4. 4
    September 13, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I've canned salsa with corn starch. :S Oops!

  5. 5
    September 14, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Oh my gosh! I DO love botulism! How did you know!? You are so funny Jamie and I totally love you! 🙂

  6. 6
    Julie Thomson
    September 14, 2010 at 3:12 am

    I'm excited to make and freeze this recipe! Thanks for working hard on it Jamie and Handsomehusband. We are all trying to figure out this food preservation stuff. Let's go pig out on something chocolate together. I love ya!

  7. 7
    September 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I'm not sure about the gelatin as a thickener, could work if you used in in salsa. I would ask the folks at the USU extension. You can leave them an email on their web site, or there is a phone number you can call as well. Better safe than sorry!

  8. 8
    September 15, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I canned all 50 jars of my salsa 2 years ago with cornstarch. It's all gone into our bellies and we're all fine. Guess I'll think about that next time though!

  9. 9
    K. Thomas
    September 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Botulism is a tough dude. Did you know it only takes one case from a restaurant to be qualified as a Foodborne Illness Outbreak? Others it takes 2 or more. And yes, it can cause death.

    Love your blog and love getting your updates via my Facebook page:)

  10. 10
    February 10, 2015 at 1:58 am

    That’s a smart answer to a difficult question.

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