Canning food can give your meals that perfect, mouthwatering taste, but it is also a good way of preserving food for future use. Modern canning methods can preserve food up to 20 times longer than the standard method. The other advantage is that you can make a variety of different foods in these jars, which you can then eat. There are many different types of canning jars available, but here are just a few examples. You can find them just about anywhere that supplies canning products, including your local grocery or department store.
Glass jars – These come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for canning soups and sauces. You can put any type of liquid in the jar with the airtight seal intact. Because they have very little air inside, they maintain their shape for long periods of time, even after being used regularly. The airtight seal means that the contents are still at a high temperature and that they can be used over again. Canning food in these types of jars is great for making stock and for taking along to the store for freezing.
Plastic jars – These also keep foods fresh and they do not require the airlock feature that glass jars have. However, since they cannot be frozen, you will want to be sure to leave some space at the top of the jar for the drainage of steam. Food that is canned in these types of jars is not as long-lasting as those that are stored in the freezer. They do, however, maintain their shape for a very long time, sometimes up to ten years. You can use them for freezing or canning any type of food.
Glass jars – These are the cheapest of the canning jars, and they are perfect for everyday canning. The only drawback is that the glass jars retain their shape for a longer period of time than the plastic ones. When you are ready to use them, you should carefully wash them and remove all the bits that might be stuck to the jar lids. This will help the food to cook evenly once it is placed in the canner. You can also purchase a canner that has an air tight seal, rather than replaceable lids, for foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Water Bath Canning – These types of jars were invented by a canning expert so that you do not need to use as much pressure as you would in the canning process when you are canning food in them. You can place any kind of dried product in these jars to bring out its natural color and flavor. These are great for soups, sauces, creamers and mayonnaise as well. The jars work best when you first begin to can using the water bath canning method.
Glass jars are not the only option for canning your foods. The old standard still stands today; that is, you can use anything you can find to make preserving your foods fun and interesting! You can have fun experimenting with different ingredients to come up with unique recipes and canning techniques that suit your tastes. You can even go back to the world war two days and remember how easy canning was back then.