juice drained while processing when canning asparagus
Did some canning earlier and finished canning a batch of asparagus. they sealed fine (though in the canner some of them leaked somewhat.) later the asparagus settled in the jars and with it i noticed that the water in the jars wasn't fully covering all the vegetables, I would assume it had leaked during process or boiled out. I reiterate that they did seal properly but are not fully covered in water. its only my second time canning so I'm unsure if this is a problem or not. I read something similar in another thread but it was dealing with fruit, which is obviously VERY different in terms of processing. the canning book I used was very vague on the subject and only mentioned discolouration as a result. any assistance is greatly appreciated
The National Center For Food Preservation is about the best source of up-to-date information out there. From their site:
"Should liquid lost during processing be replaced?
No. Loss of liquid does not cause food to spoil, though the food above the liquid may darken. If, however, the loss is excessive (for example, if at least half of the liquid is lost), refrigerate the jar(s) and use within 2 to 3 days."