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Filling the Water Bath Canner

  • Using jar lifters, lower each jar into Water Bath Canner
  • Water should be 1 to 2 – inches above top of jar; use a ruler to measure
  • Processing times are based on density of food, packing liquid, and pH value
  • Cover the canner; start timing when water returns to boil
  • Process for appropriate time
  • Turn off heat and allow jars to stay in canner an additional 5 minutes, safeguards the seal