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Canning For Beginners | The Jar Store

Looking for a new hobby? Or just need to preserve some food from your fridge? Learning how to can and preserve food is a great skill that will expand your culinary capabilities.

Looking for a new hobby? Or just need to preserve some food from your fridge? Learning how to can and preserve food is a great skill that will expand your culinary capabilities. However, canning can be a daunting process for someone who is just getting started. Traditional canning techniques require a lot of attention to detail and steps. Thankfully, the Jar Store can help you get started with some tips and tricks for beginners! 

You only need a few basics for canning:

  • Jars, preferably high quality Mason Jars, with canning lids and rings
  • A large pot with water
  • A heat source
  • Tongs or jar lifters
  • Canning rack
  • Canning salt (for preserving foods)
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While there are a variety of canning methods, starting with traditional canning using boiling water is a great place to start. Here’s a step-by-step crash course in effective canning using boiling:

  1. Wash and prepare your jars. Ensuring that you have clean, functional jars is vital. Many of the next steps involve boiling water, so a broken or nicked jar will break inside your pot. Invest in quality, unbroken jars before continuing. 
  2. Sterilize your jars with hot water. The water should NOT be boiling as you add the jars in. Once your jars are inside your large pot, you should bring the water to a light simmer. A large pot works perfectly for this step, but you can also use a bath canner if you do this frequently. Take the jars out of the water, they’re ready to use! 
  3. Fill your newly cleaned jars. Food with high acid works best for canning! Fill your jars and leave some space at the top. Don’t screw the jar too tight, or some of the air won’t be able to escape during canning. 
  4. Put your cans in the boiling water. Using a canning rack is suggested. Processing time is dependent on what you’re putting in your jars. Time starts when the water starts to boil. Make sure to not disturb the cans during the process, since it could add air back into the jars. 
  5. Take the jars out. Be careful not to burn yourself on this step. You can invest in a jar lifter that will help get the jars out easier. 
  6. Wipe your jars off and store them! Keep them in a dry, cool place to preserve them long term. Make sure you see a small depression in your lid, that’s how you know it’s properly sealed! Reprocess cans that don’t have the little dip. You can store most foods for up to a year when they are properly canned, but check how long is suggested to store your particular goods.
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What should you can for your first time? Here are some easy ideas for those just entering the canning scene:

  • Pickles
  • Jellies with acidic fruits (apples, berries, grapes)
  • Apple butter
  • Preserves (peach, fig)
  • Vegetables (tomatoes are a popular choice)
  • Anything with high acid content

Choosing high acid foods is an easy choice for beginners because the acid content will kill unwanted bacteria easier. 

In need of canning materials and accessories? Shop our collection of canning jars! The Jar Store can also solve any of your new jar or container problems. Don’t see what you need? Contact us and let us know what we can do for you.

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