Your Step-by-Step Guide to Preserving

Preserving is no longer just for your grandma, the age-old trend is experiencing a modern revival! Follow this guide to preserving - in just 3 simple steps.

Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® brand home preserving products, is making preserving more accessible to kitchens across the country, with 3 simple steps to capture the season’s harvest beyond the most bountiful growing months! From jam and pickles to chutneys and salsas the options are endless!

1. Fill Your Jars

Preserving is motivated by the farm to table movement across Australia, as foodies nationwide preserve locally sourced and home grown fruit and vegetables. Start your preserving process with a trip to the local farmer’s markets to pick up some beautiful fresh produce. With a recipe of your choosing, fill each jar with the prepared food. Fill the jars to the correct fill-level, or ‘headspace’ which allows a space between the food and the rim to allow for food expansion. Always measure from the top of the jar rim to the top of the food. Not sure about the fill-level? 

Remove any air bubbles by sliding a small non-metallic spatula inside the jar, gently pressing the food against the opposite side of the jar. Wipe any food from the rims of the jars. Centre new lid on the jar, then twist on the band until ‘fingertip tight’. Ensure bands are not over-tight as air inside the jar must be able to escape during the preserving process.

2. Boil Jars to Preserve

This step is as easy as boiling water! Place the filled jars onto a preserving rack, then lower into simmering water, ensuring the jars are covered by 2.5cm water. The rack allows the boiling water to flow around and underneath jars for a more even processing of the contents. Cover with a lid and heat to a steady boil. Check your recipe for specified boiling times.

Once the boiling process is finished, leave the jars to stand in the water for 5 minutes, and then remove the jars from the water and cool upright on wire rack or towel on countertop for 12 hours.

3. Store up to 1 Year!

Press on the centre of the cooled lid. If the jar is sealed correctly, the lid will not flex up or down. Store the sealed jars in the pantry for up to 1 year. And you’re done!

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