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A Guide To Water Bath Canning

Updated October 27, 2023
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Claudia Botzet

SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist

Review and Revision: Claudia Botzet, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist

Translated by: Abigail Lambert, former SDSU Extension Food Preservation Intern

Original Publication: 2018 – Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

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.

To learn more about safe water bath canning practices, watch our How to Use a Water Bath Canner video!