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Canning on Smooth Stovetop

Updated September 15, 2020

Hope Kleine

Former SDSU Extension Health Education 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.