How to Can {A step-by-step guide}

How to Can: Step-by-Step Guides -- everything you need to know about waterbath canning

How to Can

Looking to try your hand at canning? Check out these posts for step-by-step guides to canning produce:

Canning Recipes:

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Quick Canning Equipment List:

  • If you plan to can, you’ll need an assortment of  jars (half pint, pint, quart, half gallon). Smaller jars are great for jams and sauces; larger jars are better suited for whole fruits and vegetables.
  • Tattler makes reusable canning lids (Amazon) for less than $1/each.
  • Old canning rings or a silicone trivet (Amazon) in the bottom of the pot work great as a rack. If you are just getting started, doing this method with jam would be a great way to ease into simple water bath canning.
  • water-bath canner (Amazon) typically holds 8-9 pints or 7 quarts at a time and can be purchased new for less than $20.
  • Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving –  Everyone interested or involved in preserving food should own this book
  • Jar Lifter – As the name implies, this helps lift hot jars in and out of the hot canner.
  • Magnetic Lid Wand – This tool helps get lids out of hot water (used to sterilize and soften the seals) and onto your jars. After burning my fingers far too many times, I finally broke down and bought one. For about $2.
  • Wide Mouth Funnel – Placed on a jar, this helps pour hot jams, sauces, or produce into hot jars without making a huge mess.
  • Bubble Remover - You can purchase an actual tool to slide into your filled jars to remove bubbles.
  • Pomona’s Universal Pectin (Amazon), which is 100% citrus pectin with no preservatives, is more expensive but has the benefit of making jam or jelly with low amounts of any sweetener.

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