Using Water Bath For Canning


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.



To use your water bath for canning follow
these easy instructions.

  1. Fill the canner half way with water.
  2. Set your bottle rack on the lip of the canner and add your filled jars.
  1. Lower the rack into the water.
  2. Add more water to the canner until the jars are covered with water about 1 to 2 inches above jar lids.
  3. Add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the water (helps keep hard water off the jars).
  4. Place the lid on the canner and turn on the heat to begin heating the water.
  5. When the water begins to boil, set your timer according to the amount of time your food needs to be processed.
  6. When the timer is done, turn off the heat, take off the canner lid and wait for water to settle.
  7. Remove jars from the canner with a jar lifter to avoid burning your self.
  8. Place hot jars on a clean towel to cool.
  9. The next batch of food may be added to the canner.
  10. Fill with more water if needed to keep the food jars covered.
  11. Place lid on the canner and turn on the heat.
  12. When the water begins to boil, set the timer once more for the allotted processing time.

This can be repeated until all the food has been processed.



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