Learn how to properly sterilize jars for preserving jam and canned goods.
How to Sterilize Jars for Preserving
The process for Sterilizing Jars for Preserving is rather easy. It takes about 15 minutes.
- Wash jars in hot soapy water and rinse in hot water. Put jars in a deep, large pot and cover with hot water.
- Cover pot and bring water to a boil and boil jars for 15 minutes from the time steam emerges from pot. Turn off heat and let jars stand in hot water until ready to use.
- Just before filling them with jam or other canned goods, invert jars onto a kitchen towel to dry. (Jars should be filled while still hot.)
How to Sterilize Lids for Preserving
- Sterilize canning lids in boiling water 5 minutes. Keep warm until ready to use.
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This method works for sterilizing baby bottles, pacifiers, breast pump parts, and heat resistant toys.