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.
Canning on Smooth Stovetop
Pressure canners may have a weighted-gauge or dial-gauge, for indicating and regulating the pressure during processing.
Water bath canners have fitted lids and removable wire racks. While they come in many sizes, the canner must be deep enough to allow a minimum of 1-2 inches of briskly boiling water that covers the top of jars during processing.