HOW TO SAFELY JAR / CAN YOUR FOOD

Updated: Sep 23, 2019


Jarring your food is eco-friendly and economical.


Since we like to make food in bulk to save time, jarring prevents us from over-eating our favourite meals. Like this Bolognese sauce, it's going to be delicious come a cold winter day!


Jarring Step-by-Step


Tools:

  • Mason jars or empty glass jars with a good seal

  • Large pasta pot

  • Large bowl

  • Clean rag cloth

  • Water

  • Kettle

  • Stove / oven


Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 fahrenheit


  • Place jars inside with lid removed. Do not place them on the metal wire rack, this may cause them to shatter. We put the jar on a cooking pan.


  • Cook jars for 10 mins, this sterilizes and tempers the glass.


  • In a separate bowl place lids and cover in freshly boiled water to sterilize.


  • After 10 minutes remove jars from oven and allow them to cool to handling temperature.



  • Fill jars with with the jarring contents.


  • In a large pot, fill with water and bring to a boil.


  • Using a clean cloth, sanitize the rims of the jar. We used a damp cloth moistened with castile soap.


  • Place lids on jar and firmly tighten. Caution over tightening, because this may result in jars shattering.


  • Once the large pot has come to a boil, reduce heat and place sealed jar fully in the water. Take note here, depending on the temperature of the contents, the cooking time will vary. For cold items, 30 minutes and hot items 15 minutes.



  • Place a rag in-between the jars to prevent them from hitting glass to glass to hard as they boil.


  • Eventually you will here a pop in the lid and this is a good sign they are finished and jarred successfully.


  • Turn off heat, remove from the pot and allow the jars to come to room temperature.


  • At this point they are ready for long-term storage! Food stores best in a cool dark place, like in a basement cool-storage, pantry or in a dark cupboard.


Good luck, and thanks for reading,


Samantha & Brian

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