I know in some circles canning your own food is horribly old-fashioned to which I say, call me old-fashioned because I kind of love it. Many of you have expressed interest in learning more about canning (and many of you know quite a bit already!) so today begins a little series on the basics of water bath canning.
jam

Canning may seem intimidating – I get it! I used to feel that way until I actually started water bath canning and realized how easy it is. Often people think they have to can 146 jars of jam in order to justify pulling out the canning equipment. While that is awfully ambitious and wonderful, there are many, many times that I use my water bath canning to process a simple 3-4 jars of strawberry jam or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be a day long, epic adventure every time. It’s easy. I promise!

To start, there are two main types of home canning: Water Bath and Pressure.

Water Bath canning is the most approachable type of canning (and is a bit more affordable to get started with) and is for high acidity foods like tomatoes, pickles. Jams, jellies, salsa, applesauce and peaches are also ok for water bath canning.

Pressure canning is for those foods that are low in acidity and that need higher temperatures to be food safe. Think: green beans, meats, other vegetables, fish, etc. Pressure canning basically takes the jars/food to a higher temperature (240 degrees instead of 212 degrees) and requires a special pressure canner to do the job.

We’ll talk about pressure canning next month but today, let’s quickly cover the equipment needed for water bath canning. Don’t forget to read all the way through to get the details on the giveaway, especially if you are just starting out on your canning journey.
supplies

I have a trusty resource that I use for almost all my canning questions: The Almighty Awesome Ball Blue Book of Canning (not the official title but I like to call it that). I always peek in here before figuring out how and what to can as a first step and then usually tweak or use my own recipes along the way. I think they’ve since updated the cover since I bought mine years ago but it’s the same info.
book

Here’s the rundown on basic equipment needed (not a whole lot of stuff!):
First, you need to get yourself some jars. The size and style will depend on what you are canning. I’m pretty boring and even put my jellies/jams in pint-size jars instead of the cute, quilted glass jars. You can see from the picture below that jars come in either wide-mouth or regular, which refers to the size of the opening. I far prefer wide-mouth jars for the ease of filling, but in the end, a jar is a jar. Jars can be reused time and time again unless they have developed cracks or chips.
jars2

Rings and lids are necessary for canning, too. The rings can be reused over again and I recommend taking the rings off your sealed and canned jars once you put the jars on the shelf – it helps the rings not get rusty and nasty but the jars will still stay sealed after the ring is removed (don’t detach the lid). Lids, on the other hand, should only be used once in order to make sure the jars seal correctly every time. The little POP! you hear as the jars seal is like music to my ears. That’s the lid in action. Make sure to buy the same size lid as your jar (wide-mouth jars = wide-mouth lids).
lids

These basic little canning sets are very common and are worth their weight in gold. The large funnel is perfect for filling jars to eliminate sticky spills down the side of the jar. The grabber-tong thingies help to get the jars out of the boiling water (sorry, I’d rather not use my hands) and the little stick with a magnet, while totally frivolous, is actually quite handy to nab the lids that sit in really hot water before topping the jars.
supplies2

Now, the pot. Pretty essential, I’d say. The style of pot you see here is very common and can be found at most stores that sell canning jars and supplies. They are inexpensive and come with a rack that can fit about 7 quart-size jars and about that many, if not a few more, pint-size jars.
pot

I can’t talk about canning without mentioning my Camp Chef stove. I don’t can indoors. I always, always use my Camp Chef that we got a hundred years ago outside for canning. It’s so much easier (and keeps my house cooler) to do the processing outside. Plus, you can get two water bath pots going at the same time and have a party. Didn’t you know canning with friends is much more fun? It is. You can certainly can inside if your stovetop is canning-approved (some glass/ceramic tops are not) but it’s also very convenient to do the processing outside if you can.
stove

While not a part of the basics of water bath canning, I do have to give a shout out to something that revolutionized how I can jams/jellies. I was spending a fortune at the store buying low-sugar jam (it’s virtually impossible to find jam where the first ingredient is fruit and not sugar or HFCS) and hated the taste of home-canned high-sugar jam (tasted all sugar and no fruit). Enter Pomona’s Pectin. I don’t even remember how I discovered this gem but I’ve been using it for years and won’t can jam or jelly without it. In a nutshell, Pomona‚Äôs is a sugar- and preservative-free citrus pectin that does not require sugar to jell. As a result, jams and jellies can be made with less, little, or no sugar at all and also require much less cooking time than traditional recipes – this means the resulting jams and jellies are healthier and taste more like fruit than sugar. Honestly, I can’t say enough about this stuff. It’s amazing. You have to search around for the best deals online but most recently, I found it on sale at Vitacost. One box can make many batches of jam.
pectin

Ok, so that’s the basics of what you need to start water bath canning. Very soon I’ll be sharing a step-by-step for how I can applesauce, peaches and jam. And next month, we’ll start in on pressure canning.

Please leave any questions about canning in the comments!

142 Responses to Canning 101: Water Bath Basics

  1. Mel M. says:

    Awesome giveaway! I love to can and would put the canning equipment to good use. Thank you for the chance to win!

  2. Emily Wells says:

    This is one of the best giveaways I’ve seen in a while. :) Growing up, my great grandmother always had a garden every summer, and she used to can everything. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try, but never really got around to doing. I would dearly love to win this! Good luck to everyone. :)

  3. I LOVE the Ball Blue Book! Best canning book ever. :-)

  4. Ashley B. says:

    YOU are the answer to my prayers today! I just canned for the first time this weekend {I made blackberry and strawberry jam}. The sugar content in both recipes was so high, 7 cups of sugar to 5 cups of fruit, that I was a little upset with the taste outcome.

    Could you tell me how Pamona’s Pectin works? Does it replace both the fruit pectin and most of the sugar in a jam recipe? For example, using Pamona’s, if I am working with 5 cups of fruit, 7 cups of sugar, and 6 TBSP Pectin how would the recipe change when using Pamona’s?

    Sorry this is so long winded, but you must imagine my excitement when I checked my email and saw this lovely, helpful post sitting in my inbox :)

    • Mel says:

      Hi Ashley – Pomona’s still uses pectin but it’s activated by calcium water (a natural powder you mix with water). You mix the pectin with the sugar/sweetener you are going to use and mix in the calcium water with the fruit. Then you boil it all together and then fill your jars. I can’t tell you exactly how your recipe would change because Pomona’s pectin is measured in smaller amounts but the last batch of apricot jam I made, I used 12 cups of apricots, 1 1/2 cups of sugar (the sugar amount will totally depend on the sweetness of your fruit of course!) and 3 tablespoons pectin (I think; can’t quite remember). But all their recipes are outlined in a pamphlet in the box. Can’t say enough good things about it.

  5. April M says:

    I like to make up my own recipes. Sometimes they work out other times not. I have a canning journal (AKA a notebook) where I write down canning info. I put down amount of fruit to start, recipe for jam I used, and the yield so I know what I can expect from my efforts.

    Also did you know that ball has a no sugar/low sugar pectin option now too.

  6. I have been canning for over 40 years, and will be looking for that brand of pectin. Your post was an excellent tutorial for beginners and wonderful refresher for that that took a break from canning for years and are now returning.

  7. Missy says:

    Learned how to can using the water bath method when I was a kid in 4-H. It’s a skill I would likely have never learned and I’m glad I did! Haven’t canned anything in 15+ years. It would be fun to try again. Thanks for the post!

  8. Beth Bilous says:

    I’ve had a few jars break, and its very frustrating losing contents and replacing jars. What can I do about this?

  9. Maria says:

    Mel, this is an excellent outline of the basics…the best one I’ve seen yet. I need to share this with a couple friends who are interested in getting started with canning.

  10. Andrea D. says:

    I have never tried that pectin before. Thanks for the information on it.

  11. Kirsten says:

    My Mom and I always get together and do some canning. We usually do applesauce, and relish.
    I love jam too, but I’ve switched to making freezer jam. It has more of a fruit taste and a lot less sugar.

  12. Melanie says:

    Thank you for this post! I haven’t ever canned, but have been wanting to try it! It did seem intimidating, but you’ve helped make it seem like it’s something I can actually do :)

  13. Stephanie Long says:

    Great post, thank you! My grandma used to can all the time but she passed away before I got interested in it so I was never able to get a lesson from her.

  14. I’ve been canning for a number of years, too – no pressure-canning, just water bath. I have the very same Ball canning book, and I’ve been referring to it already this week – love it! I mostly can salsa, jams/jellies and pickled “stuff” – green beans are a fave in this household. Can’t wait to get to work on our garden harvest over the next few weeks!

    One tip: if you don’t have a canner (I do, but it takes FOREVER to heat up on my electric stove), you could also use a pasta pot…the one with the perforated insert. When I have just a few jars to can, that’s what I use and it works great!

  15. Cindy B. says:

    Thanks for the opportunity :)

  16. Ali Jones says:

    You just blew my mind with the camp chef. Why have I been canning indoors for so long?

  17. Nicole Hunn says:

    Canning is something that I always assumed was really best for people who had fruit trees (and therefore have a bumper crop of fruit like I have, say, zucchini every summer). Did I mention I always wanted to be someone who had fruit trees? The suburbs stink. ;) Looking forward to learning all the basics, Mel!

  18. KC says:

    Thanks for the pectin option, I’m diabetic and hate putting all that sugar into my jams…I wonder if it would work for watermelon jam? I love vitacost, though, and am ordering some today:)

  19. I just started canning last year. I was so intimidated at first but I overcame my fears. It is so fun. Right now it’s tomato season. So I’m doing salsa and pasta sauce.
    I’m gonna have to look for that pectin. Always trying to cut down on sugar in this house. Thanks!

  20. Rebeccah says:

    Thanks for for the awesome tips!

  21. Brandie says:

    Thank you thank you! Just the other day I was thinking to myself I should comment on your blog and ask you to do some posts on canning. So, thanks for the tips and advice. Cant wait for a few recipes too. We are venturing into canning this next weekend, wish us luck!

  22. Shane Birkey says:

    What a great post! I am fairly new to the canning world and have to borrow all the supplies from my neighbor. This would be an awesome win! I have about 30 tomatoes sitting on my counter right now that will be canned in the next few days. :)

  23. Marcey says:

    Thanks for the chance to win these awesome prizes! I have canned a few things but would like to learn more!

  24. Beth says:

    My peach tree has been abundant this year and I have loved canning them! And wow! Would I love to win the camp stove! My air conditioned home has fans blasting my kitchen it is so hot! Your tutorial is so helpful. It really is easy, but it is just so foreign to us. Thanks also for the pectin hint. My daughter was freaking out at the 7 cups of sugar. She only put in half. I sent her outside to pick more peaches and.poured in the rest. ;-)

  25. oooo…i’ve been wanting to learn to can. can’t wait to see and read what you all share!

  26. Terri C says:

    This is such a great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  27. Sarah says:

    I grew up watching my mom and grandmother can jams and veggies. I canned my first jam last year, looking forward to learning about green beans this year.

    Canning outside = so smart! Will have to keep that in mind!

  28. Stephanie says:

    I remember helping my mom can when I was a kid. I love the idea of doing it outside instead of heating up the kitchen on an already hot summer day! One of these days, I’ll have to give it a try myself. :)

  29. Jennifer says:

    I grew up canning from our garden and huge orchard to help feed our family of nine. I just started canning on my own a few years ago. I was amazed at how much I didn’t remember.
    Every year I borrow my neighbors big canning pot, so having one of my own would be great! Canning outside would be a dream. Not heating the whole house up and making it all humid inside. Thanks for all your info!

  30. Alicia Wahlen says:

    What is your favorite jam recipe

  31. Does the finished product of the jam result in a runny or somewhat solid consistency.

  32. Monique says:

    So excited! This is perfect timing for me, I have been reading up on canning and will be trying it soon! Thanks!!!

  33. Julia says:

    I also LOVE Pomona’s Pectin! A lot if people don’t know about it, but I love that I don’t have to use such large quantities of sugar and I still get great results.

  34. Camille says:

    I don’t have a facebook account but would love to get at least one entry into the giveaway. Any other way to do this?
    Thanks!

  35. Diane says:

    I agree that canning outside is brilliant! Most of our growing up years, we didn’t have more than a single in-window air conditioner, so I guess canning indoors probably didn’t heat up the house much more than it already was… It was yucky. I probably won’t do big-time canning this year like I thought, but maybe I’ll start doing little things here and there. We cheat and only do high-acidity canning in a steam canner. It’s great.

  36. Laurel says:

    What an answer to prayers this post was! I have 10 tomato plants and a huge giant amount of pickling cucumbers. I have a lot of canning in my future. I’ve never done pickles before. I know you’re the wrong person to ask, since you’re family doesn’t like pickles, but do any of your canning party friends/family have a good pickling recipe? I’ve pinned a few but I trust you and would love a recipe from a trusted source!
    Thank you so much for all you do!

  37. Maryjane says:

    I also want your jam or jelly recipes with less sugar. Hope I win!

  38. Valerie H. says:

    So can you use the Pomona’s Pectin for freezer jam? I used to make cooked jam but have switched to freezer jam because it taste soo much better.

    • Mel says:

      Valerie – I used to think freezer jam tasted better until I made canned jam with Pomona’s pectin and it wins the taste test for sure. I’m not sure if you can make freezer jam with it – I think so but you might try googling to be sure.

  39. April says:

    Never thought that my stovetop could be inappropriate for canning. Will have to check that out. I have a ‘thank you’ to say to your husband. We now own the microwave popcorn bowl and the smoker. Love both of them. Made our first smoked chicken yesterday and it was amazing. I imagine I will be having a lot of smoked meats in the future.

  40. Terry A. says:

    What a great giveaway! (I can’t believe I’m drooling over canning equipment. LOL)

    That pectin sounds like just what I need. Thanks for the tip.

  41. Jill says:

    I signed in for the giveaway, but it says I have 0/2 entries. I’m not on facebook……is there something else I need to do? Also, where can I buy the Pomona’s Pectin?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Jill, I’ll take a look at the giveaway. As for the pectin, in the post, I mentioned to look around online for the best price – most recently I bought it at Vitacost.com.

  42. Toni says:

    I’ve only been canning for about 2 years. So far, so good.
    I was wondering if your spaghetti sauce recipe on your website could be canned? You said that you freeze it, but could it be canned instead?
    Thanks

    • Mel says:

      Toni – I’m pretty sure someone left a comment on the spaghetti sauce post saying they canned it. Most anything can be canned as long as food-safe guidelines are followed. The Ball Blue book has a recipe for spaghetti sauce – I’ll have to look at the amount of acidity to see how it compares to mine for water bath canning.

  43. Debbie Feely says:

    Wow! This is great! I’ve canned forever but never had those nifty tools. I think it is time! I’ve never even seen a set like that. AND I’ve never heard of Pomona Pectin, but it is time for that too! So cool to not use all that sugar for jam. Thanks, Mel!

  44. Amy says:

    Looking forward to your pressure canning posts. I’ve got water bath canning down, but have never tried pressure canning. Any chance you could give one of those away? :)

  45. Jeanette G. says:

    My friend just sent me a link to a canning 101. Then I found yours today. lol
    Much better here. She mentioned using an outside camping stove to do her canning.
    I could never imagine how that would work. But the one you showed does look like it would be great especially since I have a glass top stove. Now what to try first is the dilemma.

  46. Emily Archibald says:

    I am so excited to learn more about this! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  47. Holly says:

    I love it when canning becomes a social event – I have friends who also can and we will get together to do applesauce, peaches, tomatoes, or tomato sauce. I usually do jam on my own because it is pretty easy and I can get it into the canner pretty quickly. When we do applesauce at my neighbor’s, we set up a camp stove or two in the garage and keep apples cooking on one and jars of applesauce processing on the other. We can do LOTS of quarts in one day that way.

  48. Katie B. says:

    I need to win this so bad!! I tried canning fresh salsa the other day and I have none of the fancy equipment which made things rather difficult.

  49. Tommie Bennett says:

    I have wanted to start canning for the last year, but I’m too afraid to try! I’m so excited that you posted this!!

  50. Alicia says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve never done water bath canning, but **used** to do pressure canning of chicken and beans until I remodeled my kitchen and got an induction cooktop. I love my stove (like, a lot!) but can’t use my pressure canner on it.

    Have you done pressure canning on your Camp Chef stove? I would love to can chicken again. I might need a Camp Chef stove if I could use it for both water bath and pressure canning.

  51. Heidi says:

    Wow! What a great giveaway. I love your tutorial on canning. In the past, I found canning to be somewhat intimidating so I only did freezer jams. After reading your blog I just might tackle canning.

  52. December Sering says:

    I got the canning bug this year! I am addicted to it. Love to see the finished product-makes me feel so good! Can’t wait to see more on this subject!

  53. Jocelyne says:

    I told my husband two days ago: someday I will can peaches. Thanks for the giveaway and for the tutorial. I never thought about canning until I started to use more whole foods and less store-bought products, I’m quite excited now :)

  54. Amie says:

    How exciting…I may have to get over my fear and give it a try! Thanks. :)

  55. Great giveaway!! I’d love to try canning sometime :)

  56. Rebecca Thomas says:

    Great canning post! We just moved and now have a glasstop stove….this was a good reminder that I MUST find out if I can can on it!!

  57. Auntie Patch says:

    Canning outside! Genius!

  58. Chantel says:

    My husband has been bugging me to make him some jam since we got married (uh..5 years ago lol). This makes me feel like it isn’t that big of a deal!! I was always so intimidated by canning, but this sounds so easy! Can’t wait to give it a try!!

  59. Stephanie says:

    Love, LOVE Pomona’s Pectin. I tried it for the first time this summer and will use it forever now. It is so nice to actually taste fruit instead of sugar! Plus I feel a lot less guilty feeding my kids PB&J’s :)

  60. Katie says:

    Thank you for sharing that pectin with me…I HATE how much sugar you have to add to homemade jams and now I don’t have to go into a sugar coma when I want a piece of toast.

  61. Catherine says:

    I’ve canned. a. lot. I know people who have canned more than me, but not very many people. I completely agree with all the equipment described above, and about setting up outside if you are able to. After years of doing it inside, the last two times I set up outside and reaped the advantages that offers.
    I would offer this tidbit, the Ball Blue Book is the gold standard of canning instructions. The info published in it is tried and tested and continually retested. At the canning class I took my local extension office recommended, that I keep my copy up-to-date because the recipes are always being researched and retested to keep them safe and current. So if your book is more than 5 years old, consider buying this year’s edition. If your book is 10 years old, they definitely recommended I buy a new book, and I did.

  62. Jolene P says:

    I use Bernardin No Sugar Needed Pectin for jams and love the results. The taste is like fruit butter, and the color! It’s vibrant, not discolored by the sugar. Thanks for all your info, Mel.

  63. Colette Whicker says:

    I love your recipes! Everyone I’ve tried always turn out awesome. I’m looking for a recipe for Pizza Sauce to can. Do you know of a good one? Thanks for all of your hard work!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Colette – I haven’t canned my favorite pizza sauce but I’m guessing you could if you followed directions for canning a tomato sauce. Have you tried googling?

  64. auntie m says:

    I just moved into a new house with an old ceramic cook top stove. I’m not loving it and will love it even less if it’s not suitable for canning! We have big plans for gardening and preserving the fruits of our labor.

  65. Shelly says:

    Thank you SO much for the pectin suggestion! I’m excited to try it when I run out of the jam I have in storage (which may be a while!). Would love the canning pot, but haven’t been able to figure out how to enter without Facebook. I have the camp stove and I can answer an earlier question- yes I do water bath and pressure canning on it and it works great. With the pressure canner I just make sure I can see the gauge from my kitchen window so I can continue to work while the canner is doing its thing!

  66. Susanne says:

    I would love the canning pot. My mom always uses the canning pot but I have two of the steamers and so that is what I use. This fall my daughter and I used a camp chef outside and the mess was so much less.

  67. Bethany says:

    What a great post! Lots of helpful tips! I do a little bit of canning myself, and love to have things in my food storage that came straight from my garden!

  68. Theresa says:

    Ball has a pectin for low-sugar freezer jam. It’s called Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin. It makes a jam that’s about 2 parts fruit to 1 part sugar and it’s super easy and tasty! You just mix the pectin (it’s powdered) and sugar together, then stir it into the fruit for 2 minutes and that’s it. Love it! I’m glad to know about this Pomona stuff too, because I have a limited amount of freezer space!

  69. Janene says:

    How awesome! I just canned this weekend! Peach jalapeno jam, and Peach Marmalade. I had so much fun!!!! I love the sound of the lids popping after I take them out of the bath! I call it my canning music!

  70. Leslie says:

    This is one of the first things I want to try with my oldest twins now in kindergarten! Awesome giveaway and information!!!

  71. Cheralee says:

    Thanks for all these great tips on canning. I’ve been working on mine, but do NOT have it mastered yet. ;)

  72. Krista says:

    So excited about this post. I need a good salsa recipe – so hopefully you will be sharing yours. :)

  73. Kimber C says:

    i love this! totally gets me motivated to actually do something with our garden yummies!

  74. Julie says:

    I have a steamer (pan that holds water in the bottome and a huge dome cover) that my mom & grandma have always used for canning (high-acid-content foods). Does your “Blue Bible” say anything about steaming vs. water bath?

  75. Dawn Burnworth says:

    I am super excited to see you posting about canning. It is making a huge comeback. I just got a canner and I am a bit nervous but my first batch of jelly turned out fantastic. I never thought of cooking it outside on a stove. The new canners are so much nicer than what I remember my mom using. I too would love a good salsa recipe. Thanks for the info.

  76. Kim R says:

    My neighbor’s husband has full blown cancer. We tilled her an enormous garden to help feed him fresh organically homegrown fruits and vegetables. She cans all of the harvest. We pray every step of the way! Thank you for the opportunity to be a blessing!!

  77. Sheree says:

    I’m with Camille and Jill. I would like to enter the giveaway, but can’t seem to do it with just my email. Thanks for your help!

  78. Abigail Butler says:

    I absolutely have grown to love canning! We live off of what we can from our garden throughout the year so it is essential for us. I COMPLETELY AGREE with the camp chef stove. That is the ONLY way to go. BUT MAY I MAKE A SUGGESTION…..we just finished remodeling our house last year and we had the idea to plumb in a gas line straight outside. Camp chef says you can alter your valve and you can plug in your camp chef to the gas line! YOU NEVER HAVE TO FILL UP A PROPANE TANK!!! Mind blown. Seriously the best advice I could ever give. We love it!!!

    Thanks for all the awesome blog posts and advice you give. I love reading your blog everyday!

  79. Erin says:

    I recently learned how to can jams and jellies and now I’m a canning fool! Last weekend I made Santa Rosa Plum Jelly and Blueberry Jam. Winning this giveaway would help to fuel my passion.

  80. karen says:

    I agree that canning outside is SOOOO much better! I use my camp chef too! Glad to hear that I’m not the only one. :)

  81. Jen M says:

    So excited to learn about that pectin! I hate jam that tastes more like sugar than fruit! I’m going to get some and try my hand at canning jam instead of just doing the freezer kind I usually do.

  82. Regina says:

    This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing such a great post, very helpful!

  83. Raquel says:

    I wasn’t sure where to leave this comment, so sorry if this isn’t the best place, but I have a question about a symbol that appears in some of your recipes. It looks like an upside-down horseshoe, and it is always next to the numbers that tell the quantity of the ingredient to use. I have some overripe bananas to use up, and I’d like to try your banana bars with whipped frosting, but I’m afraid that the symbol I’m seeing stands for 1/2 or 1/4 and I’m going to mess up the recipe by not knowing the correct amount. Or maybe the horseshoe symbol stands for something else? Either way, would you be able to help me out with the amounts for the banana bar recipe? Sorry to be a bother, and thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give me! Raquel

  84. Kim R says:

    Would like to be entered, but don’t have facebook – only email address. I’m with Camille, Jill, and Sheree. Could you please enter me using my email? Thank you for your help! I added comment on Aug 19th @8:53 PM.

  85. Teresa R. says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories was looking at my mother’s beautiful home canned goods all lined up on a shelf. I remember waiting for the lids to pop. You did a great job on this tutorial.

  86. Jodie says:

    My mom has been canning for years and she has always roped us into helping! It would be nice to have the outdoor cooker to do some canning myself! Thanks

  87. Katie LeAnne says:

    Pimona’s Pectin is the way to go, it tastes so much better than any other kind! i make multiple kinds of jam and I also can tomatoes, salsa, and beets.

  88. Raquel says:

    P.S. If anyone else knows the amounts for the banana bars and has the time to leave a comment with the info, I would be very grateful. I only need to know the amount of butter, white sugar, and salt for the bars….and the amount of heavy whipping cream for the whipped frosting. Thank you.
    Raquel

    • Mel says:

      Raquel – what device are you using to view the recipe (iPad, phone, computer)? I can see the amounts just fine in the recipe so I’m not sure why you are having problems. Sorry about that! The amounts are 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  89. Jill S says:

    I had the same problem as a few others: I could sign in with my email, but couldn’t earn any entries unless I am a Facebook fan. I don’t do Facebook, but I would love to try canning. I miss my mom’s homemade jam, but haven’t had the gumption to try it myself. This giveaway would be the perfect kick start! [email protected]

  90. Sam C says:

    second paragraph, there is a typo:

    To start, there are two many types of home canning: Water Bath and Pressure.

    .. should probably be ‘two main types’

    –love the article! thanks

  91. Thesha says:

    Seriously awesome giveaway, Thanks!

  92. Darcy says:

    Mel, I’m so excited to see your a canner! We are doing tomatoes today! I like to do my tomatoes in the pressure cooker, the local experts told me it was better for ‘higher quality tomatoes’. It takes about the same length either way! I can’t wait to see what you are going to be doing! Drop of Awesome for you! I’m going to look into the pectin too.

  93. Carrie C says:

    Awesome Giveaway! I love canning but I agree – it is really hot canning inside. I love the idea of canning outside!!

  94. Katherine says:

    Thank you for the Pomona’s pectin tip! I have been trying all the regular grocery store kinds and looking for a healthier option.

  95. Karen says:

    One of these days I’m going to remember to get some of that pectin, instead of the stuff I already stocked up on for this year. It sounds great!

    Very nice giveaway-sadly, I don’t do Facebook.

  96. I really only can tomatoes (although I have done pickles and hot peppers before). My aunt taught me how to do the water bath method on her farm. I’ve already canned several pints of tomatoes to unlock some summer goodness this winter!

  97. Amy says:

    Awesome giveaway! I have a quick question, though. . . it looks like I would have to sign up for Facebook to enter. . . I don’t have a Facebook account, and don’t intend to get one anytime soon. . .is there another way to enter? Thanks!

  98. bluebaker says:

    I do alot of freezer jam . I especiallly like strawberry, blueberry, peach, and plum. I use the low sugar pectin from Ball. I have never seen the Pomona brand around here in Michigan, but if I see it, I’ll try it.
    I’ll be waiting to read your post about pressure canning because I’ve had a deathly fear and phobia ever since we were little kids. One day my grandma’s pressure cooker exploded! The guage thingy hit the ceiling, there was split pea soup everywhere and me and my sisters were all screaming .( no one was hurt). We laugh about it now.
    Anyways, that was a long time ago. I’m sure the equipment is updated with more safety features, etc.

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