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!


Barb said...

What a great idea! I have a smooth cooktop stove, so I can't use a traditional canning pot. My pots must be smooth on the bottom. I bought a really large (super great sale) stockpot and had my husband cut the traditional jar holder to the right size, then wire it shut for me. It works so-so. This would be much better!!! Thanks!

Adena said...

Thanks for such a great tip!! I am getting ready to go berry picking soon and start canning. Found your blog on Networked Blog (Facebook). I am a fellow thrify homeschool momma, didn't expect to find great canning info here too. Thanks again!

Maureen said...

You're welcome! If you check the labels in the sidebar, you'll find a category for all my canning posts. Happy canning!

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you! My husband and I are trying to break the materialist habit of running out and buying things on a whim! I have a perfect stock pot and smooth top stove. Now I can make my own rack! You are so smart!

Maureen said...

Necessity is the mother of invention as they say! Congratulations on breaking the materialism cycle!

Rory said...

Instead of buying jar lifters, I use a pair of tongs with grips wide enough to grab the necks of the jars. To prevent slippage, I just wrapped the ends with elastic bands. Hey presto! Homemade, non-slip jar lifter!