Preserving Summer’s Bounty:

The Basics of Water Bath Canning

Kim Vansant
3 min readJul 26, 2023
Photo by Micah Tindell on Unsplash

Water bath canning is a home preservation technique suitable for high-acid foods such as fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and jams. The process involves submerging filled and sealed glass jars in a large pot of boiling water for a specified period. The high temperature destroys any microorganisms, preventing spoilage and ensuring a shelf-stable product that can be stored at room temperature.

Essential Equipment:

To get started with water bath canning, you’ll need the following equipment:

  1. Canning Jars: Use specifically designed glass jars with two-part lids — a flat metal lid and a screw band. Mason jars are a popular choice and come in various sizes.
  2. Canning Pot or Water Bath Canner: A large, deep pot with a fitted lid and a rack at the bottom to elevate the jars during processing. A large stockpot with a rack will suffice if you don’t have a dedicated canning pot.
  3. Canning Utensils: Specialized tools such as a jar lifter, magnetic lid lifter, funnel, and bubble remover/headspace tool make the canning process easier and safer.
  4. Kitchen Timer: Accurate timing is crucial for successful canning.
  5. Fresh Produce and Ingredients: Choose high-quality, ripe produce to ensure the…



Kim Vansant

Homesteader, gardener, chicken tender-er, feral cat whisperer. Dreamer. Writer, & Sharer of stories from writers from around the world.