Canning from home is so much fun, but how do you know what home canning equipment you need? We understand. We asked ourselves the same question when we first started canning.
Home canning equipment can daunting!
What we learned is that there are two types of home canning equipment. There is essential home canning equipment and there is non-essential home canning equipment. Today’s article focuses on essential home canning equipment.
For any newbie starting out you’ll need to collect a small amount of home canning supplies.
We recommend starting with the water bathing method as it’s less intense and requires a simple canner. But whether you are new or seasoned (and ready for pressure canning) you need a canner. So that’s first on the list!
- Canner: This is your processing unit. If water bathing you need a water bather. Do not use a regular stock pot for this. The canner is made to withstand certain temperatures and house jars. A water bathing canner will come with a tray inside it to hold the jars. It should also come with a lid. You can get a simple one at Wal-Mart or a fancy stainless steel one from Ball Canning.
- Jars: You need good solid canning jars. We recommend Ball canning jars as they are well made, thick and don’t easily break. We’ve never had trouble with them sealing. Canning jars are not all universal, so choose carefully. If you happen to have some Kerr canning jars, they are just as good as Ball and Kerr are the same company. Jars come in regular mouth and wide mouth. There isn’t much difference other than in a wide mouth jar the opening is larger. The choice is completely up to you which you prefer.
- Lids & Bands: Lids are what seal your food in the jars. Bands keep the lid in place until it seals. Bands are reusable, lids are NOT. You can purchase wide mouth lids and bands or regular mouth. Just be sure you know which type of jar you are using so you purchase the right type of lids and bands.
- Jar Lifter: This little contraption allows you to lift the hot jars in and out of the canner without burning yourself.
- Lid Wand: A cute tool with a magnet on the end help you lift the lids and bands out of hot water and onto your hot jars filled with food.
- Air Bubble Remover/Head Space: This slender device is used to remove air from the jar (so bacteria can’t grow in a hidden air pocket) and it measures your fill line on your jars.
- Jar Funnel: This enables you to get food into your jars without making a mess!
As you can see there is quite a bit equipment to get started, but it’s not terribly expensive.
Remember, these are must-haves for home canning equipment.
We’ve provided a few links to these items to make it easy for you. Some of these come in sets and others you buy individually. Please comment with any questions and we will do our best to answer them as you start your canning journey!
~Until Next Time,
Question: Do you have all the essentials for home canning equipment?
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