Diary of a Foodie

Sterilizing Jars

Diary of a Foodie: Season One: The Hungry Luddite

January 2007
  • Wash jars, lids, and screw bands in hot soapy water, then rinse well. Dry screw bands.
  • Put jars and lids on a rack in a boiling-water canner or an 8- to 10-quart deep pot and add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Heat water until an instant-read thermometer registers 180ºF. Do not let boil. Keep jars submerged in hot water, covered, until ready to use.
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