What to look for when Buying used Canning Jars

If you want to save money on home canning, one of the first things you will probably do is to try and find used canning jars. People who are just getting started with home canning may be put off by the price of new jars, so used jars can be a great alternative. However, used jars vary in quality, and good quality jars are necessary for canning food safely. Check for cracks When you find used jars, always look to see if there are cracks near the bottom or at the bottom of the jars. Cracks can be caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. For example, if a jar was cold and boiling water was poured into it, it may have cracked. Cracks are not always easy to see; take your time in examining the sides and the rim for any hairline cracks. Even these very thin cracks will make the jar unusable for canning. Use clean jars Check to […]

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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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