Tips and tricks to sterilize jars quickly and easily!
Its critical when you are canning that the equipment you use is sterilized. One most important area to be diligent about is sterilizing your jars, the lids and seals. We cannot overly state the importance of this. Its so soul destroying when you open up one of these months later and only get spoiled contents. You’ve gone to all the trouble of canning only to be rewarded with food you cant eat! So before you get into it, please, please make sure the preparation has been done!
Here are critical points to check out:
1. Jars must be free from leaks and cracks.
2. Lids should have unbent edges. To test that they are fine, place the lids on the jars without the rubber seals. Screw them down tight. If they are right to use you will not be able to insert a penknife blade or a thumbnail between the lid and the jar.
3. The rubber seals should be new every year. Bend them into little folds. If they crack, discard them. Test them too by stretching. If they return to their original shape you can be confident that they are fine to use. To test before filling, fill with water and screw down the lids. If they leak in anyway, discard.
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More tips to keep handy…
1. Canning Jars: Wash jars well with soap and hot water. Place them, filled with water, either upright of sideways, well apart in a deep pan of cold water. Bring the water slowly to the boil. Boil for 15 minutes. Keep the jars hot until ready for use for your next home canning.
2. Canning Lids: Wash all canning lids in hot, soapy water. Place zinc and glass tops in very hot water for 5 minutes. Invert them to drain. Keep them hot until ready to use. Prepare lids that have a sealing composition by pouring hot water over them. Allow to stand until ready for use.
3. Rubber Seals: Scald the rubber seals quickly. Do not boil them as this will weaken the rubber.
4. Canning Utensils: Sterilize all other canning utensils that will be used in your home canning process. Wash them first in hot, soapy water, and then place them in a pan of boiling water.
5. Canning Labels: You can buy canning labels below through our affiliate partner Amazon.com. Labels are very useful to have when you are home canning as they allow you to write down when your fruit or vegetable where canned, so you can check the shelf life of your final product. On your canning labels you can also write the name of the product and ingredients, if you wish.