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Can anyone recommend a good book or advice on jarring?

Neither DH or I have ever jarred foods, but we're interested in learning. He just asked for a book or starter kit for fathers day (or his B-day which happens a few weeks later) Does anyone have a favorite book? A few that caught my eye online were The Ball Blue Book, The Kerr book, and the Joy of Canning. Also, if we have a nice deep stock pot, how neccessary is a "starter kit" I saw some that seemed to consist of a big deep pot, a "jar grabber" and a wide mouthed funnel, but they seemed a bit pricey... Any good tips?

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Asked by earthmama727 at 8:47 PM on Jun. 16, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • Definately the Ball Blue Book. It's a very complete guide to canning your own foods and, IMO, the best for beginners. There are two types of canning methods, boiling bath for acidic foods & pressure canning for non-acidic foods and each requires a different type of canning pot. The Ball Blue Book will explain the differenence. You really only need a nice deep pot & either a rack or a towel for the bottom for boiling bath canning, but the kits are nice to have. If you check out, you can find some nice kits for cheap. If you want to pressure can, you must use a pressure canner & it is totally worth it to buy a high quality one.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 9:30 PM on Jun. 16, 2011

  • You can find jars at thrift shops too - just sterilize them and buy the seals and lids new.

    Answer by tasches at 6:36 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Never jarred food but good luck!

    Answer by justme782 at 7:42 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

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