This post will explain steam canning for beginners, and share the ebook that will walk a newbie through the steam canning process, step by step, from start to finish.
I’ve had a lot of readers express that they think that steam canning is next level, harder, 2.0, or otherwise more difficult than traditional water bath canning and that simply isn’t so. I’m here to tell you that canning is a piece of cake in a steam canner and in many ways, much easier than traditional water bath canning.
One way that canning in a steam canner is easier is that there are fewer total tools need.
You can grab the checklist for free right here!
There’s many ways that steam canning tops traditional water bath, but the most obvious way is that it is significantly faster. Steam canners are ready to can in about 5 minutes (not an exaggeration- truly, about 5-6 minutes) while a traditional water bath takes 20-30 minutes to be ready to boil.
It’s because they use only 2 1/2 quarts of water- that’s so much lighter!
I recently converted a good friend of my Gram’s to steam canning, and I have to say it was a really wonderful thing. Rita has been canning for 60 years and lifting a heavy, classic canning pot was becoming a bit too much. I brought over my steam canner to show her and she promptly ordered TWO on Amazon. After using them the first time, she couldn’t stop raving about them. She even posted on Facebook about it 🙂 She’s a very tech-savvy 70-something canner 😉
I created a really awesome video course about steam canning called The Steam Canning Workshop and students have been jumping in left and right to explore this amazingly fast way of canning; it’s been such a blast!
I know not everyone is ready to dive into a course, so I wanted to offer to you Wildflowers a rad little ebook that I whipped up; It is an affordable $5, succinct 15 pages of crystal clear instruction that answers the questions beginners have about steam canning!Buy Now!
This easy-to-read, 15 page ebook will guide you through the parts of the steam canner, the process of setting it up, choosing recipes that maximize it’s efficiency naturally, and help you start canning in minutes!
The Steam Canning for Beginners ebook will explain many of the considerations you’ll encounter, such as:
- What if you live at a higher elevation?
- What if you have a longer processing time?
- Can you add more water to the canner?
- Is it best to boil it on high, or medium high, and why?
- How do I handle a second batch?
- Why are my jars hazy?
This ebook shares the most valuable tips for getting started using the best, FASTEST way to can!
If you’re wanting a bit more info on steam canners before you grab the ebook, I made quick YouTube Video about them that you can watch right here that will explain a bit more.
Think you need a bunch of stuff to steam can? Well the Steam Canning for Beginners Ebook will explain all you need and then how to can better and faster, but here’s the list of equipment PLUS visuals.
Here’s what you need to start steam canning.
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You need a steam canner. This is the one I have. It is lightweight, aluminum, and very easy to use.
You need canning jars. I really like the wide mouth pint size because they are 2 measuring cup capacity, they double as drinking jars, and are what I consider to be the most versatile jar.
These jars are the quintessential mason jar and I like them for canning juice in particular.
These are smaller size jars, and they are great for jam, applesauce (to-go size!), and more.
You MUST have brand new lids. You absolutely can have used jars and used rings/bands, but you MUST have new lids.
You don’t NEED a jar lifter, but they are very helpful, and are frequently sold in a set with a funnel which is a MUST.
Here’s a really nice canning funnel, sold by itself.
If you have been thinking about steam canning, and aren’t ready to dive into the Steam Canning Workshop, I hope you consider learning with the help of the Steam Canning for Beginners Ebook!