Items needed to start canning
I have had many requests for me to share some canning tips and tricks. So since it is now spring (YAY!!!), canning season will be here before we know it. In this segment of canning, I thought we could start with the basic needs of canning.
- Water Bath Canner– Water Bath Canners are used to can high acid foods. I use my water bath canner for most jams, fruits, pickles, relishes and so on. You can also use your pressure canner (which we will get to in a minute) for water bath canning by leaving the vent open. Make sure you have a lid for this! I actually have 2 water bath canners and I use them both simultaneously.
- Rack– You will need the rack to place in the water bath canner. This keeps the jars off the bottom of the canner so they do not get scorched.
- Pressure Canner– A pressure canner comes in handy for low-acid foods like vegetables, soups, stews and meat.
- Jelly Strainer Bag– this is great for straining stocks, herbal infusions and jelly.
- Canning Ladle– I prefer one that holds at least 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups. This makes filling jars so much easier rather than using a regular kitchen ladle.
- Thin-Non Metal Spatula– This is great for getting air bubbles out of your jars.
- Jar Lifter-This is a must have because the jars get SO hot! You will need one so you don’t burn yourself when you’re getting the jars out of the hot water.
- Jar Funnel– You will need this when filling the jars. It really makes it so much easier to use a ladle and pour through the funnel. I use mine ALL the time. It also eliminates any unnecessary messes.
- Apple Peeler– this is really handy when you’re peeling MANY apples for apple butter, pies, pie feeling and anything else apple you want to can:).
- Food Strainer– This is a great tool to have when canning marinara and other sauces.
- Jars, Jars, and more Jars!!! – You need a ton of jars and lids. I have them in all different sizes, shapes, colors and patterns. You will use them if you’re serious about canning.
You may also be interested in reading some of my other canning posts HERE, HERE and HERE to name a few links. I hope this helps get you started for canning season! Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any posts! I will be sharing more canning tips and tricks to get you ready!