(Closed) Need Help with Canning Jars

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I buy my canning jars at the grocery store! There are plenty of youtube videos and articles out there on preserving tomato sauces, but I don’t know how to personally….I’d probably just watch a few videos and have extra lids on hand, just in case. And I’d be sure to have the basket and thongs, because that makes it so much easier. A funnel is very handy, too.

I just learned to do jams and jellies, so my christmas gifts are pomegranate and mango jams =]

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you just need a case of small mason jars, which you can get at the grocery or any farmer’s market (or online). it’s very easy to do and there are plenty of online tutorials!

you boil the jars and then the seal on the mason jar is pressurized. you can get metal tongs at bed bath or probably the grocery.

you can also look for a canning kit (amazon for around $100). it comes with a couple jars, a stockpot, basket, and tongs.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@panther:You can use a regular pot but remember the pot will need to be deep enough to completely cover the jars. If you have specific questions, please feel free to email me. I grew up on a farm and have been canning for as long as I can remember. 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’re using a regular pot, make sure you have a rack at the bottom, the jars should not sit on the bottom of the pot. Also I cannot tell you how much easier your process will be if you use a funnel. The first time I canned I had peaches and sauce all over my counter and floor from trying to scoop everything in the jar!

I found this website really helpful when I started canning. http://www.simplycanning.com/canning-tomatoes-safely.html

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

I buy my jars either in the grocery store (they’re generally in the aisle where they keep sugar and baking supplies) or at Canadian Tire. Wal-Mart probably carries them too.

Make sure that your jars are shorter than the pot you’re planning on using to boil them in, they need to be completely covered in boiling water. I thought I’d do big jars of peach pie filling – the jars were as tall as my pot!

Use a rack, or spare lid rings so the glass doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot.

Make sure you use a recipe designed for canning. I’m a little more lax with making jam – there’s so much sugar in jam that it’s hard to screw it up enough that it’ll go bad, so I don’t worry too much about adding a little extra fruit, or a bit of spice, but savoury things like pesto are more tempermental. It’s all to do with pH and stuff like that, so just make sure that your recipe is meant for preserving by canning! I know tomatos are fairly acidic, so depending how much other stuff is in it (and I guess the difference between fresh and dried) it could be do-able in a waterbath. It is safest though to use a canning recipe and follow it to the letter. And if you live at a high altitude like me, adjust boiling times accordingly.

Make sure to ladle it into the jars when it is super-hot, make sure the jars are hot, and the lids (the flat part, not the ring part) have been in hot water. A wide-mouth funnel is your friend!

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