Using a water bath for canning also know as the boiling-water method uses the heat from the boiling water which surrounds the jars to destroy mold, yeasts and certain bacteria.
High acid foods are processed using the water bath or boiling water method.
Temperatures reach 212 degrees F and are maintained for an allotted amount of time depending on the food being processed.
High acid foods that have naturally according levels of acid or foods with acid added such as, lemon juice and vinegar as pickled vegetables are processed using the water bath canner.
Most pickled vegetables and fruits are processed with the water bath method.
The pot used in the water bath for canning needs to be large enough to cover the mason jars an inch or two above the lids.
Enamel water bath pots are available at a reasonable price and come with a rack that holds 7 mason jars.
Canning kits can be bought that have all the tools you need
Most kits include a jar lifter, funnel and thongs. Prices vary but you save over buying the tools separate.
As long as the kids do not take them out to the sand box, they will last a lift time.
This can be repeated until all the food has been processed.