The Essential Guide to Water Bath Canning Equipment and Supplies
Continuing with my Water Bath Canning Series, I want to go over all the canning equipment you’ll need to get started with water bath canning.
Stovetop or Electric Water Bath Canner?
Once you decide you want to try water bath canning, you have to pick out your canner. You can choose between a traditional stovetop canner that’s often sold at grocery stores or an electric canner. I prefer an electric canner because it frees up my stovetop.
But what if you can’t find either? Not to worry. There are always options when it comes to canning equipment. One option is to use a deep stockpot that has a lid. The only thing you’ll need to add will be some sort of rack that you can place on the bottom of the stockpot, such as a small cooling rack that’s generally used for baked goods.
Choose from a Variety of Canning Jars
Next, when it comes to your canning equipment and supplies, you’ll want to make sure that you have a variety of canning jars on hand before you begin. Manufacturers Ball or Kerr make these canning jars that are specifically for water bath canning or pressure canning. They come in assorted sizes, generally from 4 to 64 ounces. Plus, some are regular-mouth sized jars, while others are wide-mouth jars. These jars each come with a special lid that is held on during processing by a screw-on ring.
Don’t worry if this seems a bit overwhelming. Whatever recipe you pick from your canning books will tell you exactly what ounce-size jar you need, whether it should have a regular mouth or a wide mouth, and exactly how many jars you will need.
Learn about the Canning Equipment You Need
You’ll need other canning equipment and supplies, including a variety of tools from a “de-bubbler” to a funnel and a jar lifter. Oftentimes, these are sold in kits with other supplies, which makes purchasing them convenient. And sometimes if you buy a canner specifically made for water bath canning, it will include all the special tools you’ll need. Be sure to watch the water bath canning supplies video where I go over each canning tool individually and explain how it’s used.
More Water Bath Canning Videos
Now that you know about the Water Bath Canning Supplies, learn about Water Bath Canning Books and Canning Salts, Spices, and Pectin. I also show you how to make Marmalade Jam with a step-by-step guide to water bath canning. Lastly, you’ll find videos for canning crushed tomatoes and a Ball Electric Water Bath Canner unboxing.
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Favorite Water Bath Canning Supplies
- Canning Essentials Kit (includes debubbler)
- Canning Scoop/Ladle
- Canning Funnel with Head Space Markings
- Ball Quilted 12-ounce Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands
- Ball Regular Mouth Lids and Bands
- Ball Regular Mouth Pint 16-oz Mason Jar with Lids and Bands
- Ball Wide Mouth Jars 32-oz with Lids and Bands
- Secure Lift Jar Lifter
Favorite Water Bath Canning Books
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