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Question by  bachelors (14)

Do I need a canning pot to can?

If possible, I'd rather use a pot that I already have.


Answer by  jb68 (207)

You can use any existing pot that is deep enough. Water level should be 1 inch above top of canning jars.


Answer by  joantheresa (1421)

You can use any pot that is tall enough for the jars you want to can in and have enough room to cover the jars with one inch of water.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

As long as you have a pot that can hold the jars. I have used the large soup and pasta pot. I would try and find a holder for the jars, it is easier to get the jars out of the pot. If you have a metal strainer that would fit into the pot that would work.


Answer by  Bob53 (414)

While a canning pot is convenient, it is not necessary. You can use a pot you already have by putting a rack at the bottom of the pot. This prevents the cans from touching the bottom of the pot.


Answer by  Teenmom (298)

A large pot that you can put the jars in and cover by one inch, and that fits a rack to keep the jars off the bottom would work.


Answer by  jen37 (1135)

You totally do not need a canning pot to can, any pot big enough to submerge your jar is fine. It also depends on what you are canning, for some you really just need the pot to sterilize the jars and lids, not even to make the seal.


Answer by  joantheresa (1421)

To use a pot you have for canning, the pot must be deep enough to cover the jars with one inch of water. It would be best to put a towel in the bottom of the pan for the jars to sit on, and another towel between the jars to avoid them moving around and hitting each other.

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