Once you have your stove top canner you will probably want to put it to use. Before doing so, however, you would be wise to make sure you have the right tools on hand. Many of these might already be a part of your selection of kitchen cutlery and other cooking tools. Some, though, could be considered specialty items that would be used solely for canning purposes, and if you have never canned before, you may find them lacking. If in doubt, please take a look at Store-It Foods' selection of canning tools or view the instructions and suggestions to be found on one of our How to Can pages.
Glass Top Stoves
Many people successfully can using glass top or ceramic top ranges. Precautions should to be taken, however. Many experts feel that your canner MUST be flat bottomed, and it needs to properly fit the element. Others are not quite so adamant. Where canner manufacturers recommend against using their product on these flat top stoves, we at Store-It Foods will share that information with you. Simply take a look at the detailed description of the product. It is also important to consider what the maker of your cook top recommends. Apparently, there are a few brands which actually warn you of a voiding of the warranty should you attempt to use your canner upon it. Others have no such concerns.
Should you anticipate home canning becoming an integral part of the food storage program in your home, we would suggest you at least consider the use of a pressure canner. Though more expensive than water bath and steam bath canners, they do have a number of advantages.
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