Canning is a very cost effective way to preserve and store all kinds of fresh produce. It’s also fairly easy and an inexpensive preservation technique to get into. Aside from canning jars the main piece of equipment you’ll need is a water bath canner. This is nothing more than a large pot with a jar rack that your canning jars will sit on.
That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Granite Ware Water Bath Canner. The pot is a great size for canning, but I’m sure it will also come in handy when you’re making a bit pot of soup or chili.
Let’s get back to the main reason for getting this inexpensive pot though – canning.
It’s lightweight and easy to use. It works well on both gas and electric burners. Be aware that this pot is not recommended for glass top stoves.
As I already mentioned, it comes with the metal canning jar rack. This will sit in the pot and keep the glass jars from touching the bottom of the pot. Why is this important? Because having the glass in direct contact with the bottom of the pot can cause your jars to bust open. For that reason alone it is well worth investing in a proper water bath canner. You also have a little more control over the heat and jars this way, resulting in better overall canning results.
If you find yourself cooking throughout the year in this pot, you’ll appreciate the fact that it is dishwasher safe. My favorite feature is the porcelain surface with a steel core for even and fast heat distribution. This means I can get my water bath up to temperature quicker and it it’s easier to keep it in the optimal temperature range. That just makes canning a lot easier and it goes faster. If you find yourself processing batch after batch of canned goods throughout the summer and fall, that makes a big difference.
The Granite Ware 21.5-quart water bath canner holds 7 one-quart jars, 9 one-pint jars, or 12 half-pint jars.
That’s plenty big for the average family. If you find yourself doing larger batches of canning, consider picking up two of these to use in tandem. At the price, this is something you can easily do, even on a tight budget.