How to sterilise jars for canning without a canner
Preserving food in cans is a good way to keep it in great condition for a long period of time. In the supermarket there are a lot of products packaged using this method, but we can also can our own fruit, vegetables, etc. To do this, you will need to use a sterilisation process for the jars beforehand to keep the food in good condition. In this OneHowTo article we explain how to sterilise jars for canning without a canner.
- Glass jars
- Large pot
The first thing to do is choose the most suitable containers. They should be glass and we recommend ones that screw shut, but ones that close with a latch can also work. The size must be suitable for all the food you're going to can.
Remember that you need not buy cans or bottles specifically for this task, but you can reuse ones you already have at home.
When you have chosen the jars, wash them thoroughly so that they are perfectly clean, both outside and inside. You can wash them by hand or put them in the dishwasher.
The next step to sterilise the jars for canning is to choose a big enough pot and place a folded cloth on the bottom of it, covering the entire base.
Then, place the open jars on the bottom, separating them with the cloth. Do the same with the lids and if they do not fit, repeat the process.
Next, fill the pot with water, making sure that the jars are completely full.
The next step of the sterilisation process is to put the pot to boil and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Afterwards, remove the jars with tongs and let them cool upside down on paper towels.
With the jars sterilised, it's time to start the packaging process of canning. You can prepare your own canned fruit like cherries, plums, apricots or canned tomatoes, among many other ideas.
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