Looky what I bought to get me started! EDIT Maybe changed my mind
EDIT: In the attic we have huge pots and I wonder if it wouldn't be better to just use those and get a rack with tongs and stuff instead. Are waterbath pots different from regular stock pots?
I was at the store today and thought I should check the canning supplies. I was online and getting set up with a waterbath system can be kinda expensive. I saw this set for $10 so I though I would give it a try.
Since I have never canned, I didn't want to spend tons of money if I end up hating it. (I sincerely hope i don't!)
If I like it, I have some commercial size double boiler/stock pots and then we'll see about heavy duty canning!
Review of Ball Canning Discovery Kit, for both beginner and advanced canners
Do you want to start canning your seasonal produce but don't know where
to start? Are you an experienced canner but find it difficult to find
time to get all of the equipment set-up? If you can relate to either of
these situations, you should check out the new Ball Canning Discovery Kit.
Although marketed for the novice canner, this kit has come in very handy for making small batches of tomato sauce, salsa, jalapeño jelly, and all types of hot water bath canning recipes. As a FT working mother of two, my time is very valuable and I don't have big chunks of dedicated time that I can use for putting up large batches of food. This is what is included in the kit:
- Green mesh basket with a handle that fits all types of pots
- 3 Pint Jars with lids
- Canning Instruction recipe book
- Getting started guide
- Coupons for additional jars
So what makes this kit so useful? The fact that you can use your existing pots to put the canning basket into. This is a huge advantage since typical how water bath canners are very large and take up alot of room. When I harvest 10 tomatoes, I immediately wash them, core them, blend them, and preserve them (note follow the instructions on basic preserving techniques included in the kit). In under an hour I have 3 pints of tomatoes and the feeling of accomplishment.
Note: The kit comes with pint jars, but you can use larger quart jars, but just need to use a large stock pot to ensure water covers the jars when 'cooking'.
What do you think?