Canning your own fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, relishes, pickles, and other items is a great way to preserve the bounty of your home garden or take advantage of the wonderful bargains that your local farmers market has to offer. One important question that every home canning enthusiast need to know the answer to is: Is your Kerr canning jar clean? It is very important to be sure that your Kerr canning jar (as well as the lid and screw band) is clean before placing food in it and processing it. Canning jars which are not properly disinfected can be contaminated with bacteria. Using these jars for food storage exposes anyone who consumes food from these jars to the risk of potentially lethal food poisoning. Lean how to disinfect your Kerr canning jars to ensure that your food is safe to eat…
Disinfecting Kerr Canning Jars Using a Dishwasher
If you own a dishwasher, the process of disinfecting your Kerr canning jars is very simple. All you need to do is load the jars (be sure they are not touching each other or will not rattle against each other) in the dishwasher and run the dishwasher using the hottest water setting. Dry the canning jars using the heated dry cycle and hold them in the dishwasher until it is time to pack them with food.
Disinfecting Kerr Canning Jars Using Boiling Water Bath
If you do not own a dishwasher, the process of disinfecting the canning jars takes a little more time. The process is not difficult, however, and it is crucial to guaranteeing that your food is safely processed. Wash the canning jars in very hot water using dish detergent. Rinse the jars well. Next, place the canning jars on the canning rack in your canning pot. Pour very hot water over the canning jars and bring the water to a boil. Boil the canning jars for 10 minutes, then turn off the stove burner. Leave the canning jars in the hot water until you are ready to pack them with food (it is important that the jars are kept hot or the jar may break when packed with hot food). When you are ready to use the canning jars, remove them from the hot water using tongs and place the jars on a clean, dry surface. Reserve the hot water for processing the filled canning jars.
Disinfecting Kerr Canning Jar Lids and Screw Bands
To disinfect your canning jar lids and screw bands, bring a saucepan full of water to a simmer. Drop the screw bands and lids in the saucepan and allow the water to simmer for 5 minutes. Keep the lids and screw bands in hot water until you are ready to place them on the canning jars (keeping the lids hot helps keep the rubber seal around the lid soft, which enables a tight seal). Remove the canning jar lids and screw bands from the hot water using a magnetic lid lifter when you are ready to use them.
Following these simple food safety rules for disinfecting your Kerr canning jars will help ensure that you are able to enjoy safe, nutritious food that you have the satisfaction of preserving yourself. Processed correctly and stored in properly disinfected, clean canning jars, your food should last until you are able to enjoy the bounty of the next growing season.