It's never too late to start canning, and the holidays are the perfect time to share your love of preserving with friends. We've put together a list with some of our favorite canning accoutrements to add to your holiday shopping list.
Canning Starter Kit
If someone on your list is a good itching to take up putting up, get them going right with a starter kit. The kit features a Ball water bath canner, a five-piece canning tool set, a small canning rack, a case of Ball canning jars and a set of canning labels.
Once you've mastered water bath canning, the next logical step is to take on pressure canning, allowing you to preserve foods with low acid levels like tomatoes and meats. (Pro tip: Be sure to add on an extra rack
so you can stack jars!)
Thermapen Instant-Read Thermometer
An all-around excellent tool in the kitchen, this super fast thermometer lets you know not only when meats are cooked to perfection, but when you hit that elusive pectin gel point (220ºF). You may never use the plate test again.
Enamel Citrus Squeezer
If you're going to be canning fruits and jams, lemon juice is a must to bring your acid levels to a safe place. (Just don't use Meyer lemons
.) Make it easy on yourself and avoid seeds with a citrus juicer.
When you want to add a little kick to your jams and preserves, including some citrus zest is the perfect solution.
The Best Cherry Pitter
When faced with a monster bushel of cherries, this oft overlooked tool can be your best friend!