The Presto Canning Kit has all the tools you need to make home canning safe and easy. Affordable and useful, it’s worth every penny.
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I headed over to my mother’s house, to spend a day canning with her. To my horror, I found out that she was using kitchen tongs and a folded towel to try and wrestle those hot, wet, slippery canning jars out of the huge pot of boiling water.
Why does anyone ever get started canning if they think that’s the only way to do it? No wonder so many people decide that canning your own food is scary and difficult!
As she was getting ready to go into dangerous battle with that first jar, I stopped her.
There’s a better way. And luckily, I had brought mine with me …. my Presto Canning Kit!
The Presto Canning Kit has everything you need to keep boiling water off your skin. See the strange, wide tongs with the metal handles? (The black side are the handles. Trust me – you’ll have a problem if you try to lift a jar with that end.) That wide, curved grip wraps around the jar lid, making it safe and easy to handle even the hottest canning jars.
Boiling water bath canning – you can use those tongs to easily reach into the boiling water.
Pressure canning? Again, the Presto jar tongs make it safe to pull out pressure canned jars even when the contents are still boiling away.
But that’s not everything in this kit. It comes with several other accessories.
There are the jar lifter tongs that that I already talked about.
Also included is a set of kitchen tongs. These have been coming in handy to left canning lids out of the pot when heating them to sterilize, but also to handle hot food that needs to get into the jars.
Speaking of which, the included funnel makes it easy to pour liquids into jars without the risk of spilling it all over the jar and the counter. The funnel is wide, shaped perfectly to fit into a standard canning jar. From broth to chunky apple pie filling, you can use this funnel to get your food safely into the jar.
Sometimes, you need to tighten the rings after you remove them from the pot. This is especially true if you’re using Tattler Reusable lids. That’s when the jar wrench comes in handy. Honestly, though, I mostly use this when I’ve bought a commercial jar of food and need to get the darn thing open.
There’s also a bubble remover, since you should never stick a metal knife down inside your jars, a lid lifter so you don’t burn your fingers lifting hot lids, and a digital kitchen timer.
Keep all of these together in one spot. I keep mine all together in the box, and I keep my pressure weight there, too.
Guess what my mother got for her birthday? A Presto canning kit. If you’re canning, you really should have one. The kit is affordable and worth every penny. When I bought mine, it was bright red, and it’s now available in a very pretty bright spring green.0