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Water Bath Canners Reviews, Prices and Ordering: Canning Kits, Accessories, Supplies for Waterbath Canning - Great prices, wide selection, fast delivery, reliable service

Waterbath Canner Kits and Essential Related Supplies  

Whether you are canning for your first time or in your 50th year of canning; you will find a selection of water bath canners here, and at the best prices you'll find anywhere!  Scroll down this page for photos, descriptions, prices and ordering information.

Everything can be shipped by a variety of methods, including overnight, if you have a canning emergency!

Note: In response to requests for canning products and books, I've added this page, and I've found reliable suppliers for the products here, and now at even lower prices - I'll bet you can't beat them anywhere!

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Below on this page are water bath canners. See this page for pressure canners. Also see Canners for glass top stoves, if you have a glass or ceramic stove

You can read a discussion about why foods should be processed in a canner on this page" "Why do I need a canner?"

For more information, and NO obligation to buy, just click on the links in the Amazon boxes on the left!

Canners and Other Equipment

Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner kit

#1 - Ball Home Canning Kit

The Complete Home Canning Kit - Around $49 This is the canner and complete kit - everything you need in one package.  It is also the same make and model that my family has used for 3 generations - my grandmother made everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce with it!

Further description: Ball Home Canning Basics Kit - Let BallĀ® show you how simple home canning can be. The BallĀ® Home Canning Basics Kit will give you all the basic utensils you need to start preserving the bounty of your garden or supermarket.

Ball Home Canning Basics Kit Includes:

  • 21-1/2 qt. enamel water bath canner
  • Funnel, jar lifter, lid lifter, bubble freer spatula

    This Ball Home Canning Basics Kit makes canning so easy and is a great gift for the beginning home canner, it includes everything you need (other than the jars and lids and the Ball Blue Book.)

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    Granite Ware Canning Kit

    #2 - Granite Ware Enamel on Steel Canning Kit

    • 9-piece canning kit includes 21-quart canner, canner lid, 7-jar rack, 9-inch colander, lid wrench, funnel, tongs, jar lifter, and magnetic lid lifter
    • Durable enamel-on-steel construction heats quickly and efficiently
    • Side loop handles help ensure safe, secure transport; coated stay-cool tool handles
    • Domed lid with loop handle helps trap in heat for faster boiling
    • Safe to use on both gas and electric stovetops; hand wash
    • Note: Like all of these water bath canners; Do not use on glass cooktops (does not have a flat bottom)

    Granite Ware 21-1/2-Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack   

    #3 - Granite Ware Home Canning Kits

    The same as the kit above, but without the jars, jar lids, Ball Blue Book and coupons. Around $20. There is a separate kit of supplies further down the page.

    • 7-jar porcelain-finished steel canning pot with removable wire rack
    • 2 loop side handles for convenient transport
    • Handled lid for faster heat-up times and heat retention
    • Dishwasher-safe; Can be used on gas or electric stove tops. Not recommended for glass stove tops
    • Measures approximately 10 by 14 by 16 inches

    The manufacturer does not recommend this canner for glass or ceramic top stoves as it does not have a flat bottom. However, our experience is that these water-bath canners work fine on "most" flat top stoves. See my page about using a glass or ceramic stovetop for canning.

     

    Blake's rating: long lasting, well built.  I have two of these!

     

    #4 - Home Canning Kits - Larger

    This is the same as the one above, except larger - 33 quarts.  This means it holds 9 quart jars instead of 7. About $35

    Jumbo Water Bath Canning Package. Features:

    • 33-quart capacity stockpot-style canner, can hold up to 9 quart jars
    • Black ceramic-on-steel with stain- and odor-resistant surface
    • High efficiency, quick boiling performance
    • Rust-proof aluminum rack included
    • Easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe
    The manufacturer does not recommend the Jumbo Water Bath Canner Package for glass or ceramic top stoves as it does not have a flat bottom. However, our experience is that these canners work fine on "most" flat top stoves. A stove with a large burner size is recommended.

    Blake's rating: Same model as the #1, just wider to hold 2 more jars, long lasting, well built
     

    Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, Silver

    4.5 out of 5 stars 340 customer reviews | 97 answered questions

    Yes, there really is an electric water bath canner now, and it is sold by Ball.

    • 21 Quart Pot Holds 8 Pints or 7 Quarts Detachable Base with Nesting Design for Ease of Cleaning and Storage Efficiency
    • Great for High Acid Foods(Tomatoes, Jams, Jellies, Juices, Fruit Spreads, Chutney, Pickles, Relishes); Not for Low Acid Foods(Meats, Seafoods, etc.)
    • Energy Efficient 20% Energy Savings vs Traditional Stove top Method Manual Temperature Control
      Convenient Drain Spout can be used to remove HOT water after canning so you don't have to carry the canner full of water
    • Spout can be removed for easy cleaning Also there is a simple plug on the inside to close off the spout function if spout function is not needed
    Stainless steel canner, Jarden, water bath

    Stainless steel water bath canner

    About $84

    Made of stainless steel, so it should last a lifetime - it would also make a great pot to cook applesauce. I have one of these.

    Heat resistant silicone handles protect your hands and ensure a secure grip. Dual steam vents on the lid prevent fogging so you can see inside. Corrosion resistant rack holds jars of various sizes. 21-quart size. Stainless steel. Hand wash.

    Reviewers say this works well on their induction stoves!

    Victorio stainless steel canner for induction stoves

    Victorio VKP1130 Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner

    • Built-in temperature indicator with 3 elevation zones eliminates guesswork and makes timing easy
    • Double-sided stainless steel canning rack lets you process by steam or water bath method
    • Canning capacity of 8 pints or 7 quarts
    • Induction range compatible, the manufacturer says it works on magnetic (induction) stoves
    • 21-quart liquid capacity
    • 5-year warranty
    • Blake: I also have this one, and it it is my favorite: it's big, stainless steel, has a clear lid, and a thermometer built into the lid.
    Heavy dutyu aluminum canning and cooking pot

    12-Quart Heavy Weight Aluminum Stock Pot

    This heavy weight aluminum stock pot is handiest cookware item in the kitchen. It can be used as a canning pot or cooking pot. If you choose a size and dimensions that fit your heating element, it will work with many types of cook surfaces. It is constructed of heavy gauge reinforced aluminum. It helps in making stock, broth and stews to braising meat or steaming lobster or crab. This can be cook nearly anything inside its wide base and high walls. Its aluminum build provides excellent heat conduction. NSF certified. Thickness is 6-mm. Measures 10-1/2-inch width by 9-1/8-inch height. Comes with 12-quart capacity.

    Note that it does NOT come with a lid.  Lids can be ordered separately (see below).
    Comes with 12-quart capacity
    Also comes in the following sizes: 24 quarts, 40 quarts, 60 quarts, 80 quarts, 100 quarts, 120 quarts, 140 quarts, 160 quarts

    extra tall canner - large canning pot

    Extra tall canning pot

    If you have found that the standard canning pots boil over and spill hot water because you have to fill them so full to ensure that quart jars are covered by 1 to 2 inches of water, then here is the solution.  This pot is not called a canner, but it works perfectly well as one. The rack from your old canner will fit inside it (I don't use the perforated plate that you see in the photo - it coesn't seat well with the weight of 7 quart jars on it . And because it is 32 quarts in volume rather than 21, the water returns to a boil faster after you put the jars in it.  This pot adds to safety and reduces mess. And, of course, you can use this as a steamer pot for seafood and other foods, too!
    This pot is usually available through Amazon - but sometimes they run out - the brand is Vasconia, and it is a 32-Quart Aluminum Steamer with Lid. If this brand isn't available, the Bayou brand turkey fryer pots are almost identical, just 4 quarts larger in volume.And then you can use your existing canning rack or get one here

    Canning Accessories, Racks and Accessory Kits

    Norpro 7 Piece home Canning Set

    Canning equipment - everything but the pot
    long lasting steel version, including a rack

    This seven-piece canning kit provides all the essential tools needed for getting started.

    Features

    • Set includes 2 funnels, magnetic lid wand, jar lifter, canning rack, sterilizing rack and 2 yards of natural cheese cloth
    • Magnetic lid wand, canning rack, jar lifter and sterilizing rack hand washing recommended. Do not put in dishwasher
    • Magnetic lid wand has a magnetic tip at the end of a shaft which easily picks up lids from countertops or hot water
    • Jar lifter easily and safely lift hot jars from a canner.
    • 2 stainless funnels are dishwasher safe

     

    Fagor home canning accessories kit

     

    Canning Accessories Kits - everything BUT the pot, flat rack

    If you already have a 10 qt or larger pot, and you only made a few jars at a time, this may meet your needs. This is also perfect for canning small jars, like the 4oz, 8 oz and pint jars that can slip through the standard canning racks.

    Home Canning Kit contains all the essential canning tools in one simple kit. The Home Canning Kit contains a convenient Lid Lifter, Canning Funnel, Jar Lifter, Jar Wrench, and Kitchen Tongs, plus a rack. These items can also be purchased separately, but the kit's price is less than the separate prices. These are great tools for water bath, steam, or pressure canning.

    Blake's rating: Great accessory kit! 

     

     

    More canning accessory kits - with Jar tongs, funnels, bubble free-ers

    These kits have the jar tongs and everything else you need, except for the canner and rack.

       

    Canning Accessories by themselves

    Jar tongs to lift the jars in and out of the canner (without burning your hands!)

    Funnels to fill regular and wide mouth canning jars!

    Lid lifter - to pull the lids out of the hot water, again, without burning your hands!

    Canning ladle - finally - a ladle designed for canning, with huge capacity, can hang on the inside of a pot, acts as a squeegee

    Canning Racks

    These Water Bath Canner Rack fits most boiling waterbath canners.

    Kitchen Krafts  and Victorio rack Features:

    • Stainless steel, this rack won't rust
    • Accommodates non-standard jar sizes, smaller jars can't fall through
    • Holds 14 jelly jars, 14 half-pint, 9 pint or 7 quart jars at one time
    • Small jelly jars won't fall through
    • 12-1/4 in diameter and 3-3/4 deep (not including handles). Made in USA.
    • Manufacturer: Kitchen Krafts or Victorio

    Victorio rack Features:

    • Stainless steel rack is 12-1/4-inch in diameter
    • Holds up to 8-pint or 7-quart jars or 12 half-pint jars

    Blake's rating: Excellent replacement racks (sooner or later your rack will fall apart from the boiling water (and no, this one is not made of silicone...)

     

    Miscellaneous Canning Supplies

    Looking for funnels, jar tongs, lid lifters and more?  See this page for a variety of canning items

     

     

    Canner for Glass and Ceramic Stoves

    If you have a glass or ceramic stovetop, you may have found that it is impossible to find a canner for you stove!  Look on this page!

     

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