Water Bath Canning 101

Water-Bath Canning 101

This is a step-by-step guide to water-bath canning at home. There are a few options to choose from, but all work well. Be sure to set up your jars and workspace beforehand so you can establish a rhythm. Also, be mindful of the processing times given in each recipe.

CLEANING JARS. Wash your jars and lids in hot soapy water and set them to dry completely on a rack or on a clean dish towel.

PREPARING JARS. Glass jars and lids do not need to be sterilized before use if your foodstuffs will be processed more than 10 minutes in a boiling water bath or pressure canner. If jar-processing time is 10 minutes or less, Continue reading

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I am visiting my family on the east coast for two weeks – Halloween with my nieces and nephews, tea with gram, a visit to my dads in Pennsylvania. All pretty average of a NY visit. Earlier this week, I took the LIRR from Long Island to the Port Authority to hop on a bus that drove me out to Honesdale, PA where my brother and father were waiting to pick me up. My brother went out a day ahead for hunting season – no bucks. My dad lives in the country. Deep country. No cell service, no internet. Just a rushing stream through his backyard, a loud goose, a crowing rooster and a handful of ducklings criss-crossing the yard each day. On my third day there, I drove twenty minutes in to town for some internet and to touch base with the world. As soon as I entered cell … Continue reading