Pressure Cooker Outlet provides canning jars in all shapes and sizes! Wide mouth jars make easy access for packing and cleaning. Mini jelly jars are perfect for jams, while gallon jars store large garden harvests. Decorate your pantry with plain jars, textured jars, and colored glass jars. We provide all the preservation supplies you need at an affordable price. Thank you for shopping at Pressure Cooker Outlet!
Regular Mouth Ball Quart Canning Jars
Wide Mouth Ball Quart Jars
Pint and Half Jars
Pint and a Half Jars
Ball Pint Jars
Ball Wide Mouth Pint Jars
Ball Half Pint Jars
8 oz Jelly Jar
Round Fruit Embossed Jam Jars
Blue Half Pint Jelly Jars
Wide Mouth Half Pint Canning Jars
4 oz Jelly Jar
Half Gallon and Gallon Jars
Half Gallon Mason Jars
1 Gallon Glass Jar
Half Gallon Decorative Glass Jar
Canning Jar: Frequently Asked Questions
|Canning Jar Preparation
Select home canning jars that have no visible scratches, nicks, chips, or uneven rims. Examine lids to assure they are not scratched, have even and complete compound, and have not been used. Bands should be easy to slide on the jar, without any signs of warping or corrosion.
Wash canning jars and have them hot and ready (basic steps for every home canning recipes)
|Preparing Canning jars for water bath or pressure canner processing
Tip: After removing jars from the canner, do not re-tighten bands that may have come loose during canning, so as to not interfere with the sealing process within the first 12 hours.
|How tightly should the bands be applied?
| Using just your fingers, screw bands
down evenly and firmly just until a point of resistance is met –
fingertip tight. Do not over tighten bands by using the full strength
of your hand or a utensil to screw the band down. Over tightening
bands can prevent air from venting out of the jars, resulting in buckled
lids or seal failure.
After processing, bands may appear to have loosened. This is normal. Do not re-tighten bands after processing since this may break the seal that is forming.
|How to check the jar seal
|I just canned 7 qt of tomatoes in a Presto 16 qt canner and 1 of the jars broke. Can I use an insert to separate the jars? The bottom rack that came with the canner I used on the bottom of the canner.
|A canning rack elevates the jars off the bottom of the canner so steam can circulate around the entire jar. If you stack jars for processing, stack so jars are not on top of each other, but instead the top row of jars should be placed on top of two lids of the bottom row. You may also purchase an additional canning rack to place between rows of jars or or if you have extra metal bands (without the lids) you can place one between the jars to keep them separate. Measure the inside of your canner and you can purchase the rack you need here. Racks should be a diameter that is less than the inside diameter of your cooker / canner.
|How to seal canning jars
|After filling your car with the food that you will be processing, be sure that there is a bit of head space (typically about = inch) that is left at the top of the jar. This is important because, as the jar is heated, the expansion will drive out the air in the head space and prevent any additional air from entering the jar. When the jar is removed from the canner and begins to cool, the food inside and the air will contract again. The air that was in the head space escapes the jar to create a vacuum strong enough to pull down the lid and seal the jar. When you hear the pop, the jar has been sealed.
Using reusable rubber gaskets - rubber gasket seal
First, be sure to examine the rubber seals carefully for any tears or cracks. A safe seal can only be achieved with a perfect rubber gasket. Do not attempt to reuse them. Always use a new rubber seal. Submerge the rings in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Leave them in the water until you are ready to use them. After filling the jars, carefully wipe the rim of the jar. Fit the rubber seal to the rim of the jar.
For one piece lids, heating the lids in hot water will help to soften the seal and make for a more uniform seal on the jar.
|Canning Jar Selector - What Jar Should I Use?
|A suggestion list of what foods to preserve in canning jars. The bottom line? There are no rules for what jar you can can in. Experiment with small jar sizes for gifts or use large quart jars for big batches giving you winter food security. Some prefer wide mouth jars for easier jar packing while others like the traditional look of a regular mouth jar. We have paired canning jar sizes with some of our favorite preserves to inspire your creativity.
4 oz. jars: Mustards, Chutneys, Ketchups, Flavored Vinegars, Jams, Homemade Baby Foods
8 oz. jars: Jams, Jellies, Preserves and Conserves, Fruit Syrups, Pizza Sauces
12 oz. jars: Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Pie Fillings, Pickled Garlic
Regular Mouth Pint jars: Relishes, Pickles, Salsa, Sauces, Berries, Spaghetti Sauce, Salsas, Butter, Pickled Beets, Pickled Tiny Corn, Mushrooms
Wide Mouth Pint Jars: Sauces, Salsa, Peppers, Pickled Artichokes, Pickled Peppers, Sauerkraut, Pickled Watermelon Rind
Pint and a Half Jars: Asparagus, Pickles, Whole Green Beans, Whole Peppers, Sauces, Soups and Stews, Dilly Beans
Regular Mouth Quart Jars: Sliced Fruit, Peaches, Tomatoes, Pickles, Juices, Whole/Sliced Fruits and Vegetables, Meats, Pickled Eggs, Pickled Watermelon Rind
Wide Mouth Quart Jars: Tomatoes, Green Beans, Whole or Halved Fruit, Vegetables, Pickled Artichokes, Pickled Garlic, Sauerkraut
Half Gallon Jars: Apple and Grape Juices
|What Foods Should Not Be Canned
|Pureed pumpkin or Squash - The puree is too dense for all the botulism spores to be eliminated. There is also insufficient data to properly establish a safe processing time for these purees.
Pasta - Because pasta is made from flour, the processing time in the canner will break the noodles down and leave them as mush in the jar.
Bananas - Due to the thick consistency of the fruit, the heat during the canning process wont destroy enough of the bacteria, as it is unable to penetrate through the entire fruit.
Broccoli - The heat and amount of processing time will turn the broccoli to mush. Broccoli, however, would be great for pickling!
Organ Meats (liver, kidneys, etc) - Organ meats will not heat through thoroughly enough to eliminate the naturally occurring bacteria in these types of meat.
Butter and Dairy - Products with butter and dairy cant be canned because the heat during processing will cause spoilage of the product.
|Why is the half gallon jar only approved for canning juices?
|The only processes that have been tested for the half gallon jar are highly acidic fruit juices, such as apple and grape. No other food items have been tested by the USDA for the half gallon size jar and for safety reasons, only juices that have a very high acid content are recommended for this size jar. Are you able to can other items in this size jar? Sure, but it is not recommended.
|What is Cold Pack Canning?
|Also called raw/fresh pack canning, cold pack canning is the process of tightly filling jars with freshly prepared, but unheated foods. These foods, fruit in particular, will float in the jars. Air trapped in the jars can cause food discoloration and has the potential to cause the food to spoil. As a result, storage time of raw/fresh pack canned foods should be limited to about 3 months.
|What is Hot Pack Canning?
|Hot pack canning consists of heating freshly prepared food to boiling and then simmering the food for 5 minutes. The boiled food is then packed into cans. The shelf life of hot pack canned items is longer than raw/fresh packed foods. Hot pack canned foods usually have a shelf life of about 1 year.