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Basics of Preserving Basics of Pickling Canning Step by Step Tool Checklist
Jam Pan
Jam Pan

These specially designed wide pans are ideal for cooking down fruits to your desired consistency. They should have a large capacity (about 8 quarts) and be made of nonreactive metal.

Glass Canning Jars
Glass Canning Jars

For safety, use glass jars specifically designed for canning. They come in a variety of styles and sizes and, in good condition, can be used repeatedly. Jars should be sturdy enough to stand up to high temperatures.

Funnel
Funnel

Widemouthed funnels are ideal for filling preserve jars quickly and easily with minimal spilling.

Spatula
Spatula

A nonmetallic, heatproof spatula is useful for stirring preserves, and a thin spatula is helpful for releasing air bubbles around the inside edge of filled jars.

Food Scale
Food Scale

It is important to use precise quantities when you're canning, which is why recipes often list ingredients by weight rather than volume. A scale ensures accurate amounts of each ingredient.

Citrus Juicer
Citrus Juicer

Many preserve recipes use citrus juice as the acid component. Use a juicer to extract juice from all sorts of citrus quickly and easily.

Corers and Pitters
Corers and Pitters

These tools can save valuable time when you're working with fresh fruits like cherries and mangoes that are labor intensive to pit and core.

Boiling-Water Canner
Boiling-Water Canner

A large pot with a removable metal rack makes it easy to can in large batches. Choose one deep enough so that water will cover your filled jars by at least 2 inches.

Jar Tongs
Jar Tongs

Also known as a jar lifter, this tool is essential for safely lifting filled preserve jars in and out of a hot-water bath.

Labels
Labels

It is a good idea to label your homemade jams and pickles, with both the jars' contents and the date you made them, since many varieties can look similar from the outside.

Food Mill, Food Processor or Blender
Food Mill, Food Processor or Blender

These tools quickly puree fruits and vegetables to your desired texture for preserving.

Sieve or Strainer
Sieve or Strainer

For jelly-making, a fine-mesh sieve or strainer is helpful for clarifying fruit mixtures by removing the solids.

Citrus Zester
Citrus Zester

A zester is ideal for stripping off citrus peel, often used in preserving recipes because it adds flavor and contains pectin, which helps liquids to jell.

Candy Thermometer
Candy Thermometer

A thermometer is especially helpful for beginning jam makers and essential for recipes that require processing jars at a specific temperature for an extended period.

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