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Old 10-06-2005, 08:04 AM   #1
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First time canning question

I am going to can for the first time, hopefully tonight. I have read my Ball Blue Book and think I understand the process. Here is my question:

The book says to heat the jars and lids for 10 minutes at 180 degrees. How important is it to have the temp at 180 and not get to boiling? Do I need to stick a thermometer in the water to make sure it does not go above 180? Will boiling water not work or damage anything?

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Old 10-06-2005, 08:21 AM   #2
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I've never paid much attention to the degree - I bring my jars n' lids, then turn off the heat and cover that pot til I'm ready to use them. USE TONGS!!!
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Old 10-06-2005, 08:35 AM   #3
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Thanks Marm! That was the answer I was hoping for
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:31 AM   #4
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I've heard that the jars and screwtop rings can be boiled but the lids with the rubber seal should not be boiled as the higher temp can damage the sealing compound. (The gospel according to Alton Brown)
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:45 AM   #5
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yeah my Ball Blue Book does mention that the lids can be damaged by the higher temps. So basically if I bring the water to a boil and then put the jars and rings in, turn off the heat then a couple of minutes later put the lids in then I should be OK right?
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:54 AM   #6
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Sounds good to me. Doesn't the Blue Book address the question?
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:57 AM   #7
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It just says to heat them to water that is 180 degrees. It doesn't go any further into detail, at least not that I have seen. I am going to give it another good read through before I get started though just so I am sure I know what I am doing.
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:00 AM   #8
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GB, do you have a sanitizing cycle on your dishwasher? Most of them get to 180 to sterilize. I generally do my jars in there. My mom puts her lids on the stove and simmers them gently til she is ready to go.

What are you going to try to can first?
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:02 AM   #9
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I don't trust my dishwasher Alix. It is the first appliance I was to replace in out kitchen. It seems to only work when it feels like it.

My first canning attempt will be kosher garlic dill pickled green tomatoes. I can't wait!
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Oh my gosh. That sounds WONDERFUL GB. Good luck!
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