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Essential Tips for Canning and Quick Pickling

The best ways to preserve your summer bounty

Published on: September 04, 2019

Essential Tips for Canning and Quick Pickling

Woman preparing vegetables for canning

How to get started

The tools

  • Mason jars, lids and bands
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Stainless steel pots and bowls
  • Canning funnels
  • Jar lifter
  • Large canning pot (water bath canning only)

How to do it

1.  Always start with a trusted and tested recipe for the specific method and type of fruit or vegetable you’ll be preserving.

2. Prepare your equipment: Wash your jars, lids and bands in hot soapy water. Sterilize your jars by placing them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Carefully remove with jar lifters and let air-dry.

3. Prepare your fruits and vegetables: Wash and air dry your produce, then trim, peel and cut them into the desired shapes and sizes.

4. Add your flavors: Divide your spices, herbs, garlic or other flavorings evenly between your jars.

5. Add your produce: Pack the fruit and vegetables into the jars, making sure to leave a ½-inch space between the produce and the top of the jar. Pack them tightly, but avoid smashing them.

6. Make your pickling liquid: Prepare a brine according to your recipe and pour over the produce, leaving a ½-inch space at the top of the jar.

7. Clean it up: Carefully remove any air bubbles and wipe the rims.

8. Seal the jars: Place the lids on the jars and screw the rings on until finger tight.

9. Processing: If you’re quick pickling, your work is done. If you’re canning, follow the instructions in your recipe for processing in a water bath.

10. Storing: Always label your cooled jars with what you made and when you made it. Store your quick pickles in the fridge and enjoy within a few months. Keep your canned items in a cool, dark cupboard and eat within one year.

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