Part of being a DIYer and wanna be Homesteader is learning new things like canning. I have put off canning and even envied those who knew how to can due to lack of experience and lack of basic canning equipment! I was particularly envious of those whose mother’s did not teach them but they took a leap of faith to learn on their own. So far I have canned applesauce, apple butter and elderberry juice.
I know there are lots of thoughts about basic canning equipment and what you MUST have but I just want to share with you what canning equipment I own and how to use it. I suggest you start out simple and build up your supplies as you build your skills!
Canning Equipment I already owned:
1 quart stainless steel Farberware pot
3 quart stainless steel Farberware pot
8 quart stainless steel Farberware pot
We bought a really nice set of stainless steel Farberware pots and pans quite a few years ago after our first set of pots and pans got worn out. When we were first married we bought a cheap set of non-stick pans. Since we cook a lot we wore through them plus we wanted a higher quality of pan. I grew up with really nice stainless steel pots and pans my parents bought from Amway. We cannot afford something of that caliber but I knew that with a gas stove stainless steel post and pans were the way to go for me.
The 1 quart pan is what I used to heat the lids in to sanitize them and prepare them for sealing onto the jars. The 3 quart pan is what I cooked the apples in for applesauce. If I had a bigger pot I would have definitely used it to cut out many hours of work. The 8 quart pot I used for sterilizing the jars and for the actual water bath processing.
I laid out a thick washcloth next to the stove to place the jars on while filling and while cooling once processed.
Canning Equipment I had to Purchase:
Magnetic Lid Grabber
Canning Bands and Lids
In the Spring I picked up some basic canning supplies while at Walmart just so I could get them before they were gone for the year. I canned Dandelion Jelly for my first attempt at canning anything in my life. The canning funnel makes it super easy to fill your jars without spilling your fruit all over the place. The lid grabber helps you grab a lid out of a hot pot safely. Jar tongs are a must for lifting the jars in and out of super hot water. Of course you need a place to can your harvest which you cannot do without canning jars, lids, and rings. I was lucky enough to buy a big box of assorted canning jars at a garage sale for $5.
Since then I have canned applesauce and apple butter but plan to can more veggies as we grow them or come across other gardener’s abundance that we can pick!
Canning Equipment I want to Purchase:
Water Bath Canner
Pressure Cooker Canner
Smaller jelly jars for salves and ointments
I now own a larger water bath canner which my parents gave me! I will pick up the other items as I find them on sale or at garage sales. Another option is to can with a friend and share the larger more expensive equipment. You could be canning applesauce in the water bath while she is canning equipment green beans or meat in the pressure canner.
kelly mcgrew says
this is an awesome prize pack! i have never seen a canning prize pack! I love Ball products and think they are the only way to go 🙂
Cheryl Chervitz says
I would love to can a bunch of jam this year. This prize would be awesome to win.
Sarah Blake says
Thank you so much for offering such a great giveaway. I’ve always wanted to try canning so this would be a great prize to win!
Marti Tabora says
I absolutely love canning. It really gives me a sense of accomplishment, especially when I know I don’t have to buy it in the store because I have it canned.
Cheryl B says
These will come in very handy for Summer time canning. I can green beans and carrots each year.
Cynthia C says
Almost time to get started with canning. I love these new styles of jars.
Debbi Wellenstein says
I am wanting to actually do something with all the mint in my yard-I’m thinking mint jelly.
What a nice giveaway! Best of luck to everyone 🙂
stacey mccrary says
I have watched my granny can when I was a kid. I watched my sister in law years ago can some things but I have yet to do so. I am wanting to do some this year, although it may be getting to late to do somethings.
cyndi br says
we use canning jar for our food. And we also like to use them for drinking glasses.
Kim Avery says
I haven’t canned in years and no longer have supplies! This would be a great restart!
thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to make some fresh blackberry jam and give it as christmas gifts!
Jana S says
I am a beginner canner this would be a helpful win. I cannot wait to can from my garden.
Judy Cox says
This is a fantastic giveaway item. This is different from most prizes. My husband would love winning this!!!!
Minta Boggs says
This is so cool, I could use these to make some salads in a jar or some quinoa for traveling. It’s hard to find things on the road that is gluten free for my husband who has to eat like that for medical reasons and this would be awesome to make some things for him.
Darlene Wetzel says
I ready to do some canning. I love having fresh can food prepared for my family!
lisa beazley says
gonna can this year
Karen L. Drake says
I am so excited about this giveaway. I really want to can some veggies this summer. My Mom always canned and my folks had a huge garden growing up. I think it is uncommon now, most people just buy canned goods at the grocery store.
donna porter says
This is wonderful. We have planted a garden and I am going to try to can some veggies..
Kristin McCall says
I hope to win this for my mom. She loves to can using her fresh veggies she plants in her garden. This would be the perfect birthday gift for her this month.
Melissa Craig says
we normally go to a private lake which helps us cool off after picking fresh berries and veggies at a family farm that is very close to our home.It helps get the kids to go if they know there is a trip to the lake at the end of the hard work.
Renee Rousseau says
Being prepared for summer at our house means a stockpile of Sunscreen! I always carry sunscreen with me at all times.