Step by Step

Home canning is very rewarding and can be a lot of fun if you take a few minutes to prepare.


  1. Determine the recipe to ensure you have all ingredients and foods, and select the proper "step by step" instructions.
  2. Review the recipe to ensure you have all the ingredients and tools.  For best results, do not substitute.
  3. Fill home canner with fresh water and heat, it will take longer then you think to come to a boil.
  4. Visually inspect mason jars for nicks, cracks, uneven rims or sharp edges that may prevent sealing or cause breakage.   Wash jars (even if new) and place on a rack in a boiling water canner.  Cover jars with water heat water to simmer (180°F/82°C).  Keep jars hot until ready to use.
  5. Set screw caps aside, place SNAP LID® closures in small pot of hot (but not boiling water).
  6. Set up your "filling station" and have your non-metallic funnel, your ladle, paper towels, tongs and screw bands at the ready.  Also, if making spreads, a spoon and bowl for skimming during cooking time is handy.
  7. Set up your "resting station".  Set clean tea towels in a place near the stove where your processed jars can rest, undisturbed, for 24 hours.
  8. Pre-measure  dry ingredients.  Some recipes are time sensitive, so having ingredients ready is essential.
  9. Prepare fesh ingredients as per direction. 
  10. Heat pr ocess ALL home canned foods (freezer spreads excepted), follow Step By Step directions and you'll have success!

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