Canning Equipment

A list of canning equipment you absolutely must have.... and some that aren't required but very very handy! 

A pressure canner can be intimidating but it truly is safe and simple. If you want to get serious with canning your own products to feed your family, a good pressure canner is a true necessity.

Pressure Canners - This article goes through step by step the process of using a pressure canner. 

If you are in the market to purchase a pressure canner I've got three pages you should look at. 

Video comparing the All American and the Presto Pressure canner

All American Canner Reviews 

Presto Pressure Canner Reviews

Water Bath Canner 

If you will be mainly focusing on fruits, jams, jellies, pickles and salsa. A Water Bath Canner may be the way to go.

The best way to learn how to can before you jump in a buy a pressure canner.

Stainless Steel Waterbath Canners 
If you are going to be doing a lot of canning... you might just as well get the good stuff to get started. I highly recommend a stainless steel waterbath canner. Find out why.

Canning Jar Lids How do they work? 

Reusable Canning Jar Lids Tattler lid review

Canning Jars 
Kerr, Mason or Ball canning jars are all suitable jars for canning.

Canning Kits 
A canning kit may just be the best route to go if you are needing to purchase most of your equipment. Everything you need in one. 

A canning funnel has a larger opening to fit your jars. This is really something that would be hard to do without.

Jar Lifter and Magnetic lid lifter These two are the essential hand tools to have.

The Perfect Canning Ladle 
By far my favorite.. The Soup Saver Scoop. I review it here.

Optional Canning Equipment, Tools and Supplies - although I call them optional... they really do make life easier.

Don't confuse this with a steam pressure canner.  They are two very different tools for the home canner. 

This does not process your jars of food.  It does however steam foods and produces a beautiful juice!  

Check out the Norpro Steam Juicer here. 

Canning Rack 
Your canner should come with one of these already but occasionally a rack will rust and eventually need to be replaced.

canning equipment food mill

Food Strainer or Food Mill 
Another life simplifier. Use these when processing tomatoes or applesauce and more.

The volcano stove or grill is perfect for outdoor canning, emergency cooking or an easy portable camp stove.

Volcano Grill

Another option for outdoor canning is the Camp Chef Tahoe Stove.  I ran both my pressure canner and waterbath canner with no reservations about the stove holding both canners at the same time.  Heavy and full of water, I was confident the camp chef was able to steadily hold each. 

Check out the Camp Chef Stove here.

These make life so much easier.... worth their weight in gold if you are canning applesauce.

Video review.  Click through and see how they work.  

Apple Peeler Corer Slicer

Clear Jel 
"Believe me once you get to using it, you will never go back to reg. cornstarch again.

Antique Canning Jars 
I love Antique Canning Jars, however they have no place in canning processing foods. Here you'll learn why.

What Other Visitors Have Asked and Said

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All American with petcock toggle? 
Hi. I have inherited an old All American Model No. 921 1/2 from my mother. I would like to use it but the instruction manual is gone and I cannot seem …

Keeping Jars Hot 
Sharon, I don't usually can only one batch at a time so I have time between the processing of one batch and the next. In that time, my jars get too cool. …

Canning lids and/or rings... does it matter? 
My mother-in-law recently gave me preserves she canned with the ring tops removed. I always leave them on. Which way is best? I've seen them stored both …

Canning with Lug Lids 
How do you can with lug tops? Do you loosen top place in a boilng water canner and then tighten right away or just tighten and not tough it after? …

Electric Pressure Canner? 
My pressure cooker/canner is not working well. So I need to get a new one before our garden starts producing this year. When researching different …

All American Canner what size should I get?  
I am new to pressure canning and before I invest in a canner I am trying to decide on the right size. I am pretty sure I would like to purchase an All …

Canning Salt and Processing Time 
1. Is there a difference between table salt and canning salt? Answer: Yes table salt has fillers in it that will affect your food. Use canning salt …

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