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Canning on Smooth Stovetop

Updated June 24, 2019
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Hope Kleine

SDSU Extension Health Education & Food Safety Field Specialist

Can I can on my smooth cooktop? That is a common question that arises during the canning season. The canning process requires steady, continuous heat. In many cases, the burners on smooth stovetops cycle off and on in order to prevent damage from excessive heat. While this is good for safety, it is bad for the home canning process.