Water Bath Canning Ingredients – Salts, Spices, and Pectin
Salts For Water Bath Canning
Once you decide on a recipe that you want to make and process in a water bath canner, you may find that the recipe calls for salt. But it’s not going to be just any salt. You will need canning or “pickling” salt. Why? Because when it comes to home canning, standardization is the key to success, and canning salts are standardized. But don’t worry. Canning salts are not hard to find, and they are generally sold in most grocery stores and large “big box” stores.
Flexibility When It Comes to Spices
When it comes to the type of spices that you may want to use in your canned foods, you have a lot of choices. You can certainly buy the prepared spice mixes sold along with the canning salts and other supplies, but it’s not required. You can use any spice or spice mixes that you want.
Which Pectin To Choose?
As you start water bath canning, and you decide to try your hand at making homemade jams, jellies, and marmalades, you’ll need to learn about pectin. The common question is…do I need to buy pectin? And the answer is no.
You can make jams and more without using commercially prepared pectin. The process is a bit different than if you are using purchased pectin, and you can learn all about this process in the video where I show you How to Make a Three Citrus Marmalade.
If you want the jam-making process to go quicker and decide to buy pectin, there are generally two kinds:
- Powdered pectin
- Liquid pectin
Both pectins offer similar results, and the choice boils down to which type you like using. As you make more jams, jellies, and marmalades, you will begin to discover which type of pectin you like best and which one works best in the recipes you choose.
What About Lemon Juice?
As we discussed in the Essential Guide to Water Bath Canning Equipment and Supplies, you use the water bath technique to can tomatoes, but most recipes will call for adding extra acid to your canning jar. Generally, you should use bottled lemon juice, as opposed to fresh, because just like tomatoes that contain an uncertain and variable acid level, the level of acidity of the juice from a fresh lemon can be unpredictable too.
But not to worry. Bottled lemon juice is usually very easy to find at most grocery stores. And as a backup, you can use a bit of powdered citric acid, and this powdered acid is usually sold in the same place as the other canning supplies.
More Water Bath Canning Videos
Now that you know about the Water Bath Canning Salts, Spices, and Pectin, learn about Water Bath Canning Books, as well as Water Bath Canning Supplies and Equipment. I also show you how to make Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam and a Marmalade Jam with a step-by-step guide to water bath canning both. Lastly, you’ll find videos for canning crushed tomatoes and a Ball Electric Water Bath Canner unboxing.
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