Can't-Miss Canning Essentials for Preserving Summer Produce
Canning is the ultimate way to close out summer and usher in fall without wasting an ounce of this year's bountiful backyard harvest. If you've never canned and need to stock up on the essentials, we've got you covered.
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We Like It Spicy
Finding the perfect spices for canning and pickling is a labor of love. It’s all about trial and error, and sometimes, you just find yourself in a pickle (pun intended). Every now and then, it’s okay to opt for a solid, sure-fire recipe from a third party. Happy Girl Kitchen is known for making outstanding pickles and jams, so we think these pickling spices may just be your best bet.
BUY IT: Food52, $20
Put a Tag on It
Often the most special, memorable gifts are handmade. Something that took effort and heart instead of the quick swipe of a credit card means so much more. Luckily, canned goods fit the bill perfectly. Your tried-and-true pepper jam recipe tastes delicious, has the perfect hand-selected jar, and these adorable letter-pressed gift tags are just the icing on the cake.
BUY IT: Food52, $20
There are 101 ways to set a timer. Your stove has one, your microwave has one, your watch has one, and even your phone has one. Still, there is something charming about a decorative and functional kitchen timer. This piece from Anthropologie comes in a sleek copper finish or a retro turquoise option to make sure you’re always right on time.
BUY IT: Anthropologie, $16
A Handy Attachment
No kitchen is complete without a KitchenAid mixer, and no KitchenAid mixer is complete without a food mill and strainer attachment. With this handy tool, the ability to make fresh sauces, chutneys and jams is at the touch of a button. Prepping fruits and veggies for canning has never been quicker.
BUY IT: Amazon, $64
Multi Tools Are the Best Tools
Canning is one of those tasks that by the end of it, you’ve somehow pulled out every tool in the kitchen. Measuring, mixing, juicing, measuring again, mixing again, scraping the bowl….it’s easy to make a big mess in no time. Cut the clutter with this multi-use utensil set from Food52. Some multi-use tools are unnecessarily complicated, but others (like these) are simple and elegantly designed to make your life in the kitchen just a tad easier.
BUY IT: Food52, $40
Work With What You Have
Maybe you’re new to canning and aren’t quite sure if you’re ready to go all in. Instead of splurging on the nicest, newest canner, choose this stainless-steel canning rack and turn any stockpot into a canner for under $15.
BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $14.95
Funnel It In
Pour sauces, jams and chutneys with confidence, and never miss the mark. This simple, sturdy stainless-steel funnel from Crate & Barrel ensures your prized recipe ends up just where you want it (and nowhere you don’t).
BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $5.95
All You Need
Do it all with the canning kit that has it all. The easy-read funnel lets you fill your jars precisely and ensure you’ve left just enough air for the perfect seal. The magnetic lid lifter makes it easy to place lids on sterilized jars in one swift motion, and the spring-loaded jar lifter ensures you’ll never risk burning your hands again by trying to finagle jars out with a pair of tongs.
BUY IT: Sur La Table, $19.95
The Finishing Touch
Canning is as artistic as it is practical. So instead of choosing any old jar, opt for these beauties from Le Parfait. Display your finest vibrant fruits on a shelf, or throw some homemade jam in a gift basket with a baguette and your favorite cheese to show your loved ones just how much you care.
BUY IT: Amazon, $11.99-$17.61