Canning 101: As Short Guide To to the Equipment You Need
Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of canning? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a total newbie, it’s important to have the right equipment on hand to ensure that your canned goods are safe and delicious.
First things first, let’s talk jars. You’ll need a good supply of mason jars in various sizes to hold all of your yummy creations. And don’t forget about the lids and rings! These are what keep your jars sealed and airtight. Make sure to check the lids for any dents or cracks, as these can compromise the seal.
Next up, you’ll need a pot. Not just any pot, but a big one with a lid. This will be your water bath canner or your pressure canner. This is where the magic happens and your jars get sterilized. Make sure the pot you choose is deep enough to submerge the jars fully and wide enough to fit as many jars as you plan on canning at once.
You’ll also want a jar lifter. This handy little tool will help you safely remove your jars from the canner without burning yourself. Trust us, you don’t want to skip this step. And a pair of tongs is also great to have to handle the hot lids and rings.
A canning funnel is another must-have. This will make filling your jars a breeze and help prevent spills and messes.
A food thermometer will come in handy when you’re canning low-acidic food. This will help you ensure that your food has reached the right temperature to kill any bacteria.
A timer is another handy tool to have. Canning times can vary depending on the food, altitude, and the type of canning you’re doing. A timer will help you keep track of the process and ensure your food is canned properly.
Last but not least, don’t forget about the labels! This is where MESS comes in. Our dissolvable canning labels make labeling your jars easy and mess-free. No more scrubbing off stubborn labels or trying to read faded writing. With MESS, you can label your jars and they will disappear in the dishwasher.
With these essential pieces of equipment, you’ll be well on your way to canning up a storm. So grab your jars, lids, and rings and let’s get canning!