New to canning and don’t know what canning supplies you need? We’ve put together everything you’ll need to start canning from start to finish. Whether you are pressure canning or water to start with something a little smaller we’ve got you covered with all of your food preservation needs.
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How Do I Start Canning At Home?
Canning supplies and canning, in general, can feel very overwhelming- thankfully there are tons of resources to teach you how to start canning. We’ll go into the basics, but make sure you check out all of our canning recipes to help you get started.
To start canning you will need to decide what you going to be canning. Always start with fresh foods that have no mold or blemishes on them. Follow your canning recipe and canner user manual precisely. Once your jars are finished processing remove your jars to a prepared surface with layers of towels. Leave the jars alone for 24 hours until they are completely cool.
What Canning Supplies Do I Need
There are a lot of canning supplies out there, but what do you really need?
- Jars, Lids & Rings
- Jar Lifter
- Canning Recipe
- Canning Funnel
- Kitchen Timer
- Stir Stick
Canning Supplies For Beginners: The Basics
This canning supply set has almost everything you’ll need to get canning, from a jar grabber to a funnel and everything in between. If you are new to the world of canning this is a great starting point.
Canning jar lids and bands are another thing you are going to need, there are several brands to choose from and they come in two sizes wide-mouth and regular.
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar Canning Lids
- Wide Mouth Canning Jar Rings
- Regular Canning Jar Lids
- Regular Mouth Canning Rings
Canning a lot? Try ordering canning jar lids in bulk!
Quart jars are one of the ones that we use the most over the canning season. We like to use these for canning things like:
- Soups & Stews
- Tomato products like Pizza sauce, pasta sauce, crushed tomatoes, and whole tomatoes
- and Broth or Stock
Pint jars are another one that we use a lot of when it comes to canning supplies. We use the for
Must-Have Canning Supplies
Next up when it comes to canning supplies is a canner, here is where you have to decide if you want a water bath canner or a pressure canner- you can read more about what each is for in this article we did on home food preservation. We keep both a pressure canner and a water bath canner on hand because both are really handy.
This baby has been on our wish list for a while now, it allows you to add a shelf to the canner so you can double the number of jars that fit in it. This would be great if you have a lot of canning to get done.
Built-in firebox under canner means virtually all the heat goes towards heating its contents. Use for canning, for butchering, to render lard, or to heat water for washing.
12-quart canner holds 4-quart jars, 7-pint jars, or 7 one-half pint jars. Heats quickly and efficiently – domed lid traps heat for faster boiling. Black ceramic-on-steel with stain and odor-resistant surface.
Extra Canning Supplies
Some extra canning supplies that might be nice to have would be:
- Old towels
- Hot pan holders
- Paper towels or towels
- Saucer for holding spoons
This comes with 2 settings: jam and jelly. Nonstick interior pot surface and automatic stirring paddle for consistent results.
Don’t want to can inside? Try this camp stove! This is a great option for your canning supply list.
Pressure Canning Supplies
For low acid foods, you are going to need a pressure canner. Here are some pressure canning supply options
The All American 30-quart pressure cooker and canner holds approximately 19 standard regular mouth pint jars or 14 standard regular mouth quart jars; Perfect Canner for all your canning needs!
carefully crafted they seal steam-tight with NO gasket to crack, clean, or burn. Exclusive metal-to-metal seal withstands more pressure than gasketed seals, too. Sides are .25″ thick. Bottoms are even thicker and machined for perfect surface-to-surface heat transfer. All cast aluminum for generations of use.
Simple and safe to use so there is no need for close supervision since pressure cannot exceed setting (5, 10, or 15 lbs). Overpressure plug acts as a backup. Stay-cool bakelite handles, easy-to-read pressure gauge, and detailed owner’s manual with recipes and canning hints.
Resources For Canning
Now that you know what canning supplies you need, and maybe have a few on your wish list as we do here are some great canning resources:
- National Center For Home Food Preservation
- Safe Home Food Preservation Methods
- North Dakota reference brochures
- Educational Resources – Food Preservation
- Oregon Extension Service: Food Preservation Fact Sheets
- University of Minnesota Canning Resources
- Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
- Ball Canning Book
- How To Can Food With No Special Equipment
We hope we answered all your questions about canning supplies! Did we miss one? Drop it in the comments and we will do our best to answer!
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