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Canning 101






Materials Needed:

You need the right tools to get started. Canning supplies can be found at most hardware stores, big chain stores like Wal-Mart, and even grocery stores.  
 

  • Large canning pot and it comes with a metal insert to rest the jars on inside
  • Wide-mouth funnel
  • Silicone scraper
  • Magnetic lid lifter
  • Jar lifter
  • Jar wrench
  • Glass Mason jars and they come with lids when you buy them


Instructions:
  1. Fill canning pot about ⅔'s of the way with cold water and put in metal insert that comes with the canning pot. Place Mason Jars WITHOUT lids inside pot and bring everything to a boil. Boil jars for 20 min. to sterilize.

  2. In a separate shallow pot, heat tops and rings in water that is gently simmering.

  3. While water is coming to a boil, prepare the vegetables or fruits you'd like to can. Be sure to prepare only as much food as needed to fill your canner at one time.

  4. Fill the sterilized Mason Jars with food using the Wide-Mouth Funnel allowing for 1 inch of space at the top.

  5. Wipe the tops of the jars using a clean cloth.

  6. Release trapped air bubbles with the back of the silicone scraper.

  7. Using the magnetic lid lifter, place lids on the jars being careful NOT to touch the lid and gently screw the ring on.

  8. Gently place the jar in the canner.

  9. Make sure the jars are covered by 1" of water.

  10. Cover the canner and bring to a full rolling boil. Times for boiling depend on your recipe, so check the recipe for specific times.

  11. Use the jar lifter to pull jars out of canning pot. Be careful. They will be extremely hot.

  12. Place the jars onto a wire rack and allow to cool overnight.

  13. Test the seals by checking to see that the lids have pulled down and when you flick them you hear a dull ping.

  14. If the jar is not sealed correctly, place it in the fridge and eat it within the week.

  15. Store your canned goods in a cool, dry place.


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