Saturday, October 07, 2006
Homemade Water Bath Canner
Do you need to go out and buy a water bath canner? No.
The first year I canned, I used a homemade water bath canner using a large stock pot and seven large jar bands.
All you do for your homemade canning rack is tie together the seven bands into a circle (see the picture). You could use string or wire. I just used the ties from bread wrappers.
The point is to keep the jars from touching the bottom of the pot and away from direct heat.
You'll still need a jar lifter though. I'm sure that you don't want to place the jars into boiling water, or lift them out, with your bare hands!