How to Sterilize Canning Jars

  • Published on Jun 14, 2014
  • How to prepare glass canning jars for the canning process.

Comments • 83

  • Connor Clark
    Connor Clark 18 days ago

    Thank you for the video, except these jars are not sterile. By virtue of no lid alone they are at best "aseptic", but given a boiling temp. of >100 degrees certainly pathogens may certainly still be alive in these jars

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  14 days ago

      Yes I agree. Presure, Time, Temperature in the right amount is what is required to sterilize. But Jellies, do not require that. I am sorry I should have been more clear. Thanks for sharing that, I will add that infor to the text on the home page of that video . Margie

  • Spellzye
    Spellzye Month ago +1

    Margie is like the American mother I never had, because I'm Australian

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  21 day ago

      An American mother hum that is interesting. At least you didn't say grandmother. LOL Thanks for your comment. Margie

  • Doreen Mailhot
    Doreen Mailhot 7 months ago

    Does the jars need to be cool off before the get fill up ?

  • Karen Johnson
    Karen Johnson 10 months ago +2

    *This thing is a beast.>>>**** Very heavy, solidly built. We were kind of afraid of these things, but this one inspires confidence. The pressure gauge was spot on and I love the pre-set metal weight. The lid attaches very securely and the pot seems to heat up very quickly (we have a pretty strong burner, but...) When filled with water, it is VERY heavy, so keep that in mind. We've used it three or four time already and it's been a lot of fun!*

  • Shanna Travis
    Shanna Travis 10 months ago

    Thanks for the info Margie. I bought a jar lifter and It broke the first time I used it. It will still work I just have to be careful lifting them out .

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  10 months ago

      Jar lifters are so important. If the hot jars are not handled properly someone could be very seriously burned. Thanks you for sharing and continue to be careful. What do you can? Margie

  • Maria Vazquez
    Maria Vazquez 11 months ago

    Great job Margie! I really enjoyed your technique. It was very simple and straight forward.

  • Chelsey S
    Chelsey S Year ago

    Loved the video ~ Cheers :)

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    Also a dust mask helps with breathing in fumes from the brine if it bothers you

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  Year ago +1

      Those are some great ideas. Especially the wearing gloves when working with hot peppers. Should anyone get hot peppers in their eyes, begin flushing the eye with milk. That will help neutralize the chemical causing the hotness!!!I thought I would add that because I just got that stuff in my eye. It did the trick... Thank Heaven! But aside from that...Thank you so much for you help. Margie

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    My advice is to wear latex gloves while handling hot peppers

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    You can also add cayenne peppers to make your pickles spicey

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    I always pack my sterilized jars with quartered cucumbers and put garlic and onion down in the jar first, then using a canning funnel I add my brine mixture to one half to three quarters from the top of the jar, then wipe the top of the jar with a clean paper towel and screw the band on while holding the seal with my finger.

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    I’ve canned sweet and dill pickles since 2014. I love canning. My dear mother taught me

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    Love your stove

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  Year ago

      My stove is a Caloric and they have a wonderful reputation. I have been very happy with it !! It has served me well.Thank you and thank you for all your comments and information. Margie

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    A dish washer works just as good

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  Year ago

      Yes, I have a friend that always uses her dishwasher. That is a very great idea. Be sure the washer has a sterilizing cycle. It is possible they all do, but just check. Margie

  • R B.
    R B. Year ago

    They don’t need to boil,just steam for a few minutes

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  Year ago

      That is interesting. I have always submerged the glass. Are sure that all the glass surfaces would be touched by the steam?Margie

  • Tiarah Keye
    Tiarah Keye Year ago +2

    Is it ok to boil the jars in a pot without the rack at the bottom?

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  Year ago +2

      Yes, the rack is just to stabilize the jars so they do not break. Therefore be careful to put enough jars in the pot so they do not bang around and break.Margie

  • Alley Kat
    Alley Kat Year ago

    Thanks for the video, it helped!

  • Bill Motley
    Bill Motley Year ago +2

    Had to use earbuds to hear the first minute or so. Thank you for the info!

  • Margie's It's No Secret Candies

    I agree!!
    I use them for Lot of things

  • Sheri Lynn
    Sheri Lynn Year ago

    What an excellent, straight forward video! Thank you! I can say that after seeing this, I will be canning this year!

  • TimeforaChange InGovernment

    When I get a new case of jars, I wash them, replace lid & leave ring a bit loose, then store them upside down in the box they came in. That way I know which has been checked & cleaned & are ready to be sterilized for canning.

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  2 years ago

      Great ideaa. ThanksSomething that I do is write MT on a little slip of paper. Than I know which jars are empty without having to lift each jar out of the box.Margie

  • Leon Cliyne
    Leon Cliyne 2 years ago

    Great Tutorial Marjorie. Very Helpful!

  • Stella Martinez
    Stella Martinez 2 years ago

    Hi I purchased these jars at Walmart cause I wanted to use then for making hydrating drinks . Never knew I had to sterilize them but I did wash them !. OMG ! Should I throw the my drinks away ?????? So dumb of me! HELP ! LOL

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  2 years ago

      Based on some recipes I checked out on line hydrating drinks contain sugar salt citric acid all these ingredients do preserve food.But the Big BUT is that I can not encourage you to preserve any food or drinks with out properly cleaning the jars. Which would always include the basic sterilization. Either in the dish washer or the way I do it in the video. Margie

  • Russell and Toni Tidwell

    So informative and helpful! Thank you!

  • Nolan Boyle
    Nolan Boyle 2 years ago +7

    The procedure in this video will only sanitize the jars. The jars are not sterilized. Boiling (212 degrees) the jars kills the active bacteria but does not kill the dormant bacteria and after 24 hours the bacteria will grow. To sterilize the jars you need to keep them from being exposed to new contaminants and boil them every 24 hours for 72 hours. This will kill the bacteria as it becomes active. Or you could use a pressure cooker to heat the jars to a higher temperature (250 degrees) which will kill the active and dormant bacteria at the same time .

    • Landlord
      Landlord 2 months ago +1

      I get you, but you can't boil your jars every day for 72 hours :D To much hassle

    • Ebon Collins
      Ebon Collins 11 months ago

      Nolan Boyle thanks

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  2 years ago +6

      This process works well for jellys etc.When processing meats, vegetables, etc one would prersure cook the contents in the jars. This process combines heat, time and pressure required to kill all the the dangerous bacteria. My recommendation of course would be to follow the directions to the tee. Also use relieable directions like the BALL BlUE BOOK. That is the one I use.

  • Linda Eve
    Linda Eve 3 years ago

    So great! I have things to pickle...just one question....where do you get the flat part of the lids from?

  • Vaughn Malecki
    Vaughn Malecki 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  3 years ago

      Look up the Ball Blue Book for canning vegetables. Vegetables would be processed differently then the jams.I am glad that you are okay.Margie

    • Vaughn Malecki
      Vaughn Malecki 3 years ago

      @Marjorie Vangenewitt I canned for the first time and I did green beans in a water bath. I shared with a facebook group and they attacked me and said I made poison. They said I'd be dead in 24 hours if I ate them. I guess since I'm still alive they were mad about that and they blocked me from the group.

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  3 years ago +1

      You are welcome. I really do enjoy making these for everyone. Margie

  • Toonkriticy2k channel
    Toonkriticy2k channel 3 years ago

    so, soapy water does not kill all bacteria?

    • Margie's It's No Secret Candies
      Margie's It's No Secret Candies  3 years ago

      Heating items for a specific amount of time, temperature and pressure will kill just about everything. Not all food preserving require pressure because of the type of food and the preservatives: sugar, salt, etc used.To answer your question, soapy water is not a way to sterilize.Thanks for the comment.Margie

  • Hanna Rae
    Hanna Rae 3 years ago

    can you water bath herbs? I have lots of mint leaves I would love to dry and store in mason jar along with basil. Do I have to water bath them? too or just clean them well.

  • Luticia
    Luticia 3 years ago +5

    I love the guitar music at the beginning. So nice and calming. Can you tell me the name of this title, please?

  • Sarah Jason
    Sarah Jason 3 years ago

    Margie you are adorable and most pleasant! Thank you for this!

  • sEnu TOmLinSoN
    sEnu TOmLinSoN 3 years ago

    Thank you Margie😊😊😊😊😊

  • BluesLicks101
    BluesLicks101 3 years ago

    Couple of comments hopefully taken as constructive criticism towards better canning videos: 1. put some water in the jars prior to placing in pot, so they don't tip and break. 2. No need to dump the soap water before lids and rings are washed, they can be washed using the same soap & water that was used for the jars. 3) Per the USDA the boiling time is: 10 mns. + 1 mn per additional 1000 ft. above sea level.

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  • Kate Calder
    Kate Calder 4 years ago +1

    Very cute video! And very helpful! I'm going to be making some sauerkraut today! Thanks for the pointers!!

  • Margie's It's No Secret Candies

    Jars need to be used that day.

    • Michlos Gumbs
      Michlos Gumbs 2 years ago +1

      All hot girls аree here => How to Stеrilizeeе Cаnning Jaars

  • Organix Girl
    Organix Girl 4 years ago

    then what when they dry???

  • Margie's It's No Secret Candies

    You are welcome. I am happy that it helped.Margie

  • Amber Guse
    Amber Guse 4 years ago +2

    Simple and very helpful! Thank you for posting!

  • Margie's It's No Secret Candies

    Does anyone watching have a recipe for processing recipes with milk and butter and chocolate. I have this fudge sauce I would love to put up.

  • Margie's It's No Secret Candies

    you are welcome.

  • Rosemary A
    Rosemary A 4 years ago

    I too prefer the old fashion way and you should NEVER reuse your lids you should ONLY reuse the rings..Thanks for sharing :)

  • jungle305
    jungle305 4 years ago

    This jars will not break if you put them on the boiling water?

    • Closing the Loop
      Closing the Loop 3 years ago +4

      If you place the glass in water while it heats the glass will adjust and not crack. The key is in making sure that there aren't quick extremes in temperature

  • JT Plumbing
    JT Plumbing 4 years ago +16

    Those lids can be reused and they reseal just fine, just keep an eye on the rubber ring , if it starts to break down then it stops sealing the jars and needs to be replaced at that point

    • Philip Yau
      Philip Yau 2 years ago +7

      I wouldn't recommend reusing the lids as the rubber seal has already been compressed and moulded to the first jar it was used with. Any subsequent use would not result in as good a seal. Lids are cheap enough so why take the risk?

    • Keen Mechanic
      Keen Mechanic 2 years ago +2

      Cool you answered the question I was going to ask

  • Noah Continenza
    Noah Continenza 4 years ago +4

    This is great but what I do is just put the jars in the dishwasher with no other dishes and because I have a Bosch dishwasher I put it on sanitize which washes them for 2 hours at 250 degrees

    • Billy Bob
      Billy Bob Year ago +1

      Noah Continenza yeah because everyone has a dishwasher, totally

    • Tonio Yendis
      Tonio Yendis Year ago

      I'm with u buddy! Just put the darn things in the dishwasher & be done with it!

    • TimeforaChange InGovernment
      TimeforaChange InGovernment 2 years ago +5

      I'd love to have a dishwasher again, but alas mine has been broke for the last 9 yrs. Since I wash t he dishes myself, I know I never have to worry about food particles being left on the dishes anymore. :-)

    • Michael Miles
      Michael Miles 4 years ago +24

      Thank you for showing us you have an incredible dishwasher. As for the rest of us, we still use the old fashion method.

  • Victoria Z
    Victoria Z 5 years ago +1

    thank you very much for showing how to sterilize jars ! :)