The Basics of Preserving

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It’s simple to make and preserve recipes with Ball® Home Preserving Products. Grab the items listed below and then just follow these 3 simple steps for consistent, and delicious, results every time. Using our tried & trusted method allows you to make, keep and share the freshest tasting homemade foods with your family and friends. 

First Things First

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Gather Your Gear

Ball® Home Preserving Starter Kit
  • 4 (240 mL) Ball® Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with lids and bands
  • Preserving rack with lifter
  • Preserving tools
  • Your own stockpot
  • Common kitchen utensils

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Prepare Your Gear

  • Wash jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
  • Keep jars warm until they are ready for use, in order to minimize risk of breakage when filling with hot food. You can heat them in a pot of simmering water, or in a heated dishwasher.
  • Fill your own large stockpot half full with water to ensure jars will be covered by at least 2.5 cm of water. Heat to a simmer (82° C).

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Preserve Fresh, Homemade Food in 3 Simple Steps

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Check out our Getting Started Guide for the details on 3 Simple Steps of Preserving, as well as a few basic and delicious recipes.

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Preserving Terms

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