Canning Equipment

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

canning equipment pressure canners

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 How they work. 

All American Canner Reviews 

Presto Pressure Canner Reviews

canning equipment waterbath canner

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 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.

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Canning Jar Lids How do they work? 

Reusable Canning Jar Lids Tattler lid review

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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 package. 

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

soup saver scoop review

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

canning equipment jar lifter magnetic wand

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

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

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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 blancher

Use a blancher to steam vegetables or to boil tomatoes or peaches and remove the skins.

canning equipment food mill

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

canning equipment measuring bowl

Clear Measuring Bowl or Batter Bowl 
The features you should look for in a measuring bowl or batter bowl.

canning equipment apple peeler

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

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

canning equipment antique jars

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

Have a question regarding canning equipment?

Scroll down to find links to pages where I have answered various questions regarding canning equipment.

I also have a general Canning Questions page where I have answered questions regarding other canning topics. Please check both of these if you have questions or are unsure of something.

If you can't find your answer in either place please ask below.

If you see a question that you feel you can answer or add information... feel free to do so! I'd love to see others contribute. Occasionally I don't even have an answer!

I feel the need to add this disclaimer. I have made my best effort to share up-to-date and safe techniques. However, I make no promises. You alone are responsible for the results of your efforts. I urge you if there is any doubt to the safety of your food, simply throw it away.

What Other Visitors Have Asked and Said

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Stainless steel pressure canner? 
Hi, we're upgrading to a new induction cooktop in a few weeks. That means no more aluminum cookware. So, I was wondering if you knew if anyone makes a …

Answer--Canning With Lug Lids: One-Piece Dilemma 
The USDA not endorsing a method or product does not automatically make it unsafe. The reasons for endorsement are many, and not all have to do with food …

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. …

My question is regarding pressure settings. 
My canner has settings for low (8.5 pounds) and high (15 pounds)- it is also a pressure cooker. How do I calculate the time to process when a recipe …

Using canning lids that have been simmered but not used? 
Is it safe to use new canning lids that have been simmered in hot water but not used? Hi, sometimes I heat extra jars and canning lids just in case …

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 …

How do you remove rust from a pressure canner? 
My grandmother gave me her old pressure canner which I was thrilled to get! However, the inside of the canner has some rust in it due to being in …

Rings too tight 
How do I get rings off that are screwed on too tight? _______________________ Answer: Have you tried running it under hot water and using a dishrag …

What should my pressure cooker sound like when it is time for me to reduce the heat? 
I am using a pressure cooker for the first time. I have read the instructions at least 12 times. I finally got enough courage to use it today. The instructions …

How much water do I need to use in a pressure caner? 
How much water do I need to use in a pressure caner? Ive been using 3"-4" for my quarts and I was told that I needed to fill the caner up to the lids. …

Lids Bent After Pressure Canning 
After pressure canning green beans, I noticed when removing jars from pressure cooker the outer edges of lids were bent. Why? _________ answer: …

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 …

Help where does one order the flat laddle?  
My grandma's is breaking and we cannot find it anywhere. it would bring tears to her eyes if we surprised her. she has had this forever. I assume …

Can I use a pressure canner as a waterbath canner. 
I would like to do both pressure canning and waterbath canning. Do I need to buy both or can I just not "pressurize" the Pressure canner and use it like …

Raw Pack Chicken with liquid? 
You are the first person or source to suggest adding liquid to raw pack chicken. I have been trying to find out why the instructions always say DO NOT …

Oily canning jars 
I just finished my second time of canning marinated mushrooms. They are a huge hit but I have real issues with my jars, rings, and lids being oily. …

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 …

Will any deep pot do? 
Hi there, Simply canning--Im new to this craft and am excited to make jams and apple butter for harvest gifting. Do you Have to have a water bath canner …

Are the two part lid an absolute must in canning? 
Every year, we make a "hot spread" type mixture with tomatoes, garlic, peppers and olive oil. We always use the two part lid. I am making favors for …

Is it okay to use old/antique canning racks? 
Hi Sharon, I'm just starting out canning and don't yet have either a water bath or pressure canner. I'm going to start with jams and other high acid …

I need information on metal canning 
Hi, Do you have any information on tin canning? I would like to can my food on tins rather than glass. Please let me know if you have any information …

Is annual checking of the pressure gauge necessary? 
I have recently read that you should have your pressure gauge checked each year, but it seems as if people who I know, who have been canning for years, …

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