Sterilizing jars

Sterilizing your jars or cans is very important to ensure the maximum shelf-life of your preserves. It’s fairly quick and can be done in a multitude of ways, so make sure your jars are prepped and ready.

TIP: If bottling hot food, try and time your sterilizing process to end when your food is ready to go in the jars. You should never pour hot food into a cold jar (and vice versa) or the jar may crack.

1. Dishwasher
Use the dishwasher. Put all your jars in the dishwasher and put on a hot wash. Remove just before use.

2. Warm Oven
Wash your lids and jars in hot soapy water and dry in an oven set to Gas Mark 1/275F/130C for half an hour. Remove just before use.

3. Microwave
Wash the lids and jars in hot soapy water. Put the wet jars in the microwave and heat for 30-40 seconds. Do NOT microwave metal lids.

4. Water Bath
Wash the lids and jars in hot soapy water. Place the jars in a deep pan and cover with water. Bring the water to the boil and boil for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, then add the lids to the pan. Leave in the pan until ready to use. Handle with tongs.

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2 Responses to “Sterilizing jars”

  1. Rabby 14 August 2013 at 5:16 am #

    Simple, no nonsense instructions! This shall be my first year ever trying to make preserves, however my instructional book is, well, a little heavy-handed in offering up preparation instructions, leaving me overwhelmed. This quick cheat-sheet of directions is much more helpful! Thank you!

  2. Victory Living 12 September 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Thanks Rabby! I was surprised how easy it was – especially drying them in the oven.

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