Sterilizing Jars for Canning: A Step-by-Step Guide
Sterilizing jars before canning is a crucial step to ensure that your canned goods are safe to eat. But don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds! Here’s a simple guide to help you sterilize your jars like a pro.
Step 1: Wash your jars and lids thoroughly in hot soapy water. Make sure to get rid of any food residue or dirt. Dry them off with a clean towel.
Step 2: Fill your pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, carefully place your jars and lids in the pot using your jar lifter. Make sure the jars are fully submerged in the water.
Step 3: Boil your jars and lids for at least 10 minutes. This will kill any bacteria and germs that may be on the jars.
Step 4: Carefully remove the jars and lids from the pot with your jar lifter and place them on a clean towel to dry.
Step 5: Fill your jars with your delicious food and seal them with the lids and rings. Make sure to check that the lids are tightened properly and the rings are not too loose.
And there you have it! Your jars are now properly sterilized and ready for canning. Just remember, sterilizing jars is not just for show, it’s for the safety of your loved ones and yourself. So, don’t skip this step, because no one wants a canning fail.
Now, grab your jars and let’s get canning! And don’t forget, MESS’s dissolvable canning labels are perfect for labeling your jars with the date, content and any other necessary information. And when you’re done, just throw them in the dishwasher and they will disappear! How cool is that?