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Offline chloe

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Sterilizing Canning Jars
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:13:21 AM »
Home Canning: Jars and Lids

Sterilization of Empty Jars
All jams, jellies, and pickled products processed less than 10 minutes should be filled into sterile empty jars. To sterilize empty jars, put them right side up on the rack in a boiling-water canner. Fill the canner and jars with hot (not boiling) water to 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Boil 10 minutes at altitudes of less than 1,000 ft. At higher elevations, boil 1 additional minute for each additional 1,000 ft. elevation. Remove and drain hot sterilized jars one at a time. Save the hot water for processing filled jars. Fill jars with food, add lids, and tighten screw bands.

Empty jars used for vegetables, meats, and fruits to be processed in a pressure canner need not be presterilized. It is also unnecessary to presterilize jars for fruits, tomatoes, and pickled or fermented foods that will be processed 10 minutes or longer in a boiling-water canner.

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http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_01/sterile_jars.html

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From an excerpt from this USDA  PDF file

Do not use the microwave for home canning or sterilizing jars. Use a water-bath or pressure canner, and approved canning jars and lids. At one time, “canners” were developed for use in the microwave; however these did not produce a safe product and are no longer manufactured.

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Re: Sterilizing Canning Jars
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 02:53:58 PM »
As an addition to  your comment about sterilizing jars in the boiling water bath canner, I sometimes time mine to come out of the dishwasher and use them while they are still hot.  I use hot water only on my glassware, so I feel they are germ-free at the end of the cycle.  I've not heard that this is not safe, but if you have heard differently, please let me know.


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Re: Sterilizing Canning Jars
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 06:54:12 PM »
EM I looked in the "nchfp  uga  edu" they did not suggest sterilizing in the dishwasher as an acceptable way.

sterilizing jars

With this being said I too sterilize the jars in the dishwasher and never had a problem. I also only use a pressure canner to can everything.

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I donít suggest this as the good way use your own judgment


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Re: Sterilizing Canning Jars
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 08:54:01 PM »
Thank you Chloe.....I had never heard this was a problem.  I appreciate all you do for us here.


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