1001 E. Harmony Rd, Unit B, Fort Collins, CO

August 6, 2016

Canning 101

DIY, Tips


Why Can? 

Eat good food.
Save Money.
Reduce waste.
Long shelf life.
Fun hobby.

What you need to get started:
• mason-style jars
• funnel
• ladle
• large stock pot
• tongs

Step 1: Thoroughly wash your jars and lids.

Step 2: Prep your fruits or veggies (don’t have a recipe? FreshPreserving.com is a great resource)

Step 3: Fill your jars (use funnel if needed). Remember, don’t overfill in order to prevent leakage after the boiling process. Place lids back on jars.

Step 4: Submerge filled jars into simmering water using tongs. Bring the water to a slow boil for approximately 10 minutes (depends on altitude and recipe).

Step 5: Turn off heat, let stand in water for 5 minutes then remove jars to let cool.

Step 6: Label jars with contents and date and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Typically, canned foods have a shelf life of at least one year, but sometimes much longer!


Pick up all of your canning materials at Ace Hardware of Fort Collins!

Tip: keep jars room temperature prior to canning to reduce the risk of cracking when submerged into hot water.

*This canning method uses the water bath technique; you can use the pressure canning method or freezer method depending on recipe.
*Please contact your stove manufacturer if using a glass top stove, as some are unsafe for canning.

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