Yes, canning is an incredible art form of food preservation and storage. It’s a safe and secure method for storing food for long term survival. When SHTF, if you canned food beforehand, you would know you have a nice fresh stockpile of preserved food to survive on. Learn how to can and you’ll always know you’re going to have fresh food to eat.
This is a basic essentials guide for what you need to start canning. Another benefit of canning is how simple and minimal it is. You don’t need to go shopping with a massive list of gadgets and gear. Just a few essentials.
Top 5 Canning Essentials
There are only a few pieces of equipment you need to get started with canning. Few tools go a long way with canning.
Many of us want to get starting canning at home but don’t know what supplies they need to get started. You’ll be able to prepare and preserve most canned foods at home using simple utensils that you may already have in your kitchen.
Here’s an overview of the items we’ll go over below.
- Pressure Canner
- Jars, Lids, and Screw bands
- Canning Jars
- Canning Utensils
- Boiling Water Canner
That’s it. Short and sweet. These supplies will be all you need for canning at home for basic foods like tomatoes, pickles and different kinds of fruit. You won’t need to buy more supplies until you want to start more complex canning methods.
This piece of equipment may be new to you. Most have heard of and know what a pressure cooker is. But not so much a pressure canner.
The pressure canner is used to process any recipe involving meat, poultry, fish, or non-acidified vegetables. These pieces are available in cooking supply stores and the online retailers we have linked below.
Pressure Canners are large, tall, heavy pots that have two special features that we need for canning.
1. A lid that can be locked into place
2. A pressure regulating device
We won’t get into the nitty-gritty details of the pressure canner in this post, but we’ll cover it soon and reference it here.
There is one and only one container that is considered safe practice for canning, and that’s the Glass Jar. Also known as Mason Jars.
Ball Mason Jars are the standard for glass jars that most people use.
Jar Lids and Screw Bands
For the jar lids and screw bands, yes indeed we need special ones for safe home canning practice. But the “special” ones are also the standard, so you don’t have to worry about finding the “special lids”.
These jar lids are typically two-piece metal closures that include a screw band and a flat metal lid with a compound for sealing. What’s unique about these is that the lids have a unique food-safe sealing compound specifically formulated for canning and preserving food at home.
Utensils are not mandatory like the other supplies. They just made canning at home easier and safer. There are many different kinds of utensils used for canning. We’ll cover them in a different post.
Boiling Water Canner
Many canning recipes are heat processed in this boiling-water canner. Do you have to go out and buy this? No, you don’t. Many people have pots in their kitchens that can act as if a boiling-water canner.
Quote: Using smaller jars will make it easier to use pots for boiling water.
What’s a boiling-water canner?
If you’re wondering if this boiling-water canner has a special quality or shape for canning. It really doesn’t. It’s simply a larger pot that’s equipped with a lid and a rack. That’s it.
There are commercial-grade boiling-water canners that you can find at cooking supplies stores. But in most cases, it’s not even worth going out to get one. Check first to see if one of your pots can get the job done. It just has to be larger and deep, equipped with a lid and rack.
How large does the boiling-water canner need to be?
If you’re using one of your pots. It has to be large enough to completely immerse the jars in water. That’s the key. And that’s why smaller jars make this easier to do. Ideally, 2-4 inches deeper than the height of the jars is what people aim for.
The rack of the pot is used to lift the jars off the bottom of the pot to keep them away from the direct heat. Which allows the boiling water to heat the jars.
Where To Get The Supplies
All the major retailers will have all of these items. You can get everything you need online if you want. Click the retailer below to go straight to the canning supplies
Hopefully, the process of starting canning feels much easier than before reading this article. Canning doesn’t require much equipment, which is a good indicator of whether or not a process is efficient and works well. The processes that are the most minimal and seemingly simplistic are often the ones that produce the most results. Canning is one of them.
What did you buy for canning supplies when you first started canning?