Using bulk food canning supplies has the potential to save costs and reduce prep time while delivering the perfect taste of freshly picked fruits and vegetables year-round. Canning equipment and accessories are versatile enough to be used by small stores preserving signature jams and jellies as well as large restaurants storing soups and stews.
To ensure all food remains safe and does not spoil, it is important to follow all recipes exactly without variation. Changing any ingredient in a recipe can potentially cause the acidity level to change, which may cause spoilage and inedible products.
How to Store Canned Food
In order to avoid harmful toxins and bacteria from entering your processed jars, it is important to make sure they are being stored properly. Most lids and jars will keep food shelf stable for at least 12 to 18 months when stored properly, but it is always best to follow manufacturer recommended guidelines.
Traditional canning jars are clear with the manufacturer’s logo raised on the glass. Most traditional glasses feature measurement gradations on the side.
Quilted jars feature a raised diamond-like texture that provides extra grip while adding a sophisticated look.
Jars with a spiral texture add a unique and fun spin on traditional canning jars, while also adding an enhanced grip.
Water bath canners are essentially giant pots that can hold multiple jars at once. Once the jars are added with an additional 1" to 2" of water over the top of the jars, the water is brought to a rapid boil. The jars process for at least ten minutes but can process longer depending on the recipe. The boiling process, coupled with the acidity of the contents, will safely preserve the food.
High Acidic Foods: most fruits, pickles, some vegetables like tomatoes
Pressure canners work similar to a pressure cooker by creating a high internal pressure from steam. After loading the jars into the canner, either twist the lid shut or use its wing nuts to lock it. Once the water inside is brought to a boil, pressure builds from the water evaporating into steam. The jars will process at a specific pressure and time depending on altitude. This increased pressure can better destroy harmful toxins, meaning it is the only option for canning low acidity foods.
Low Acidic Foods: meats and seafood, most vegetables, most soups and stews
Perfect for moving hot jars, jar lifters are essential for safely moving items to and from the canner.
Using a funnel designed specifically for canning jars will help prevent spills and messes while filling jars with food.
Use a bubble remover to collapse any air pockets that could prevent the jar from properly sealing.
Lid lifters contain a small magnet on the end that allows easy extraction of lids from hot water during the canning process.
Wrenches, also called vises, provide an easy way to tighten and loosen lids, ensuring a tight seal.
Essential for making jam, jelly, and marmalade, pectin gels and thickens liquids to the perfect consistency.
Perfect for canning pickles, canning and pickling salt creates a clear brine that is used to pickle foods.
Kitchen timers are essential for any canning operation to ensure that jars are processed for the precise time required.