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Canning Supplies

Everything You Need to Get Started Canning

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Ready to give home canning a try? Here are all the supplies that you'll need to get started:

Water Bath Canner

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If you plan to can fruits, tomatoes and other high-acid foods, a water bath canner is the canner for the job. 21-quarts is the most common size, but you can also find larger versions. If you decide to buy one second-hand, make sure it still has its lid, and preferable its rack.
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Pressure Canner/Cooker

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If you plan to can vegetables, meats, seafood and other low-acid foods, you'll need to purchase a pressure canner. This type of canner is capable of reaching 240 degrees Farhenheit – the temperature required to kill bacteria.
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Canning Rack

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Most canners come with a rack to hold the jars, but if yours is missing or worn out, you can purchase one separately.
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Jars

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Glass jars with lids and rings are required for foods that will be stored at room temperature. Glass or plastic freezer jars can be used for foods that will be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
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Jar Lifter

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Used to lift hot jars out of the canner.
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Magnetic Lid Lifter

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Used to lift lids out of boiling water.
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Wide-Neck Canning Funnel

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Makes filling jars faster and less messy.
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Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

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Need a good canning reference book? The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is the one to have. It includes canning instructions, tips and 400 recipes.
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Tips and Warnings

1. It may be cheaper to buy a canning kit that includes all of these items than to buy each item individually.

2. Some newer tomato varieties are lower in acid than most, and may need to be processed in a pressure canner.

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