How to Choose Jar Size for Home Canning

Jar size is one of the most important aspects of home canning. Choosing the correct jar size will ensure that the canning process goes smoothly and produces safe results. This article will provide tips for home canners on choosing jar sizes. The best advice that any home canner can follow is to take a USDA approved recipe and follow it exactly as it is written. All USDA approved recipes will specify which size jar to use for each recipe. According to Presto, a company that creates pressure canners, using standard jar sizes is important because research has been done using those standard sizes. “Standard sizes” include half-pint, pint, and quart jars. Very few recipes, if any, call for jars smaller or larger (such as gallon jars). In general, jams and jellies will usually go into half-pint and pint jars because they are easy to store, produced in smaller quantities, and are great for gift-giving. They are easy to store because […]

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