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Back to Basics Home Canning Kit - 286

4.4 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews

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  • Home-canning kit provides 5 essential tools with stay-cool handles
  • Jar lifter and magnetic lid lifter for removing jars and lids from boiling water
  • Canning funnel directs ingredients into the jar quickly and cleanly
  • Kitchen tongs; jar wrench effortlessly removes sticky lids
  • Measures 8 by 6 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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All of the Back to Basics essential canning tools in one simple kit. Includes: Canning Funnel, Jar Wrench, Jar Lifter, Kitchen Tongs, and Magnetic Lid Lifter.

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Package Quantity: 1 | Style Name: Red and Stainless
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 12 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0002BF1WY
  • Item model number: 286
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
I am brand new at canning, and did my first batch prior to ordering these tools. It went okay, but I was immediately sold on the idea of a jar lifter. I looked and looked locally but couldn't find one, and this set was available for immediate shipment.

The jar lifter is fantastic, and ultimately I think it alone is worth the price of admission -- not because it's worth it in and of itself, but because it's a total necessity, so I would have purchased it at any price that wouldn't break the bank.

The other pieces are either already part of a moderately well-equipped kitchen, are nice but not necessary, and/or are not all that well constructed.

I'd opted to return a relatively expensive set of plastic funnels when I purchased this set, but the included funnel here melted a bit under the heat of the boiling brine I poured over the pickles-to-be. Same for the plastic surrounding the magnet when I used it (quite effectively) to grab the jar lids out of a simmer sauce pan. The lid wrench I'm just not sure I see a use for, since jars aren't supposed to be super tight and they tend to loosen when cooled anyway (or am I misunderstanding what this is for?), and the tongs, well, who doesn't have tongs?

Anyway, in researching for this review, I've come to feel like something of an idiot, because the pieces are available separately and eligible for the free shipping promotion of your choice. Unless you don't already have a funnel, or don't mind the possibility of plastic in your canned food, I recommend saving five bucks and just getting these two pieces:

Back to Basics 284 Jar Lifter
Back to Basics 174 Magnetic Lid Lifter

If you need more than those two pieces, though, this set will do the job.
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
I bought this set in December 2010 and have used it less than 10 times. The coating on the jar lifter is already splitting and flaking off. All I have used it for is to lift jars in and out of my canner-just normal canning use, no prolonged submersion in boiling water.

Review edited 1/6/12:
I contacted the manufacturer about this and they replaced it free. I haven't had much chance to use it since then but the customer service was great.
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1
Length: 2:43 Mins
You really do not need any special equipment for canning, but this set does make it easier.
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
We have used this several times since we recieved it a couple weeks ago. The one piece I have been a little disappointed with is the lid magnet. It did not pick up the lids very well, (it is a little dangerous to fingers to have lids drop and splash boiling water) I finally just gave up and used the tongs to get the lids out. That being said the other products have worked well.
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
Rubber on Jar lifter shredded with the first jar. Magnet did not lift jar lids without a number of tries, and fell out on the first day of use. I wish that I had ordered a better quality set.
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1
This canning kit has everything you need to do home canning. The only improvement is that the magnet on the end of the lid tool was bigger; sometimes when I am working fast the jar lid repeatedly falls back into the boiling water.
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The magnet in the magnet wand is not strong enough to pick up lids out of the boiling water, nor is the glue strong enough to stand the heat as the magnet fell out of the wand into the boiling water almost immediately. The pair of tongs came out of the box crooked, not lining up, than promptly broke a part upon use.

Worth it to spend a few more bucks, trust me.
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Style Name: Red and StainlessItem Package Quantity: 1
We bought this for our first canning attempt. I may be a newb at this, but I'm pretty sure the magnet shouldn't fall off into the boiling water. We ended up getting the lids out with the tongs. The jar lifter was kinda tricky. It didn't feel real stable picking filled jars out of boiling water. As soon as we got it above the surface, the other person grabbed the jar with a potholder instead. It didn't feel sturdy enough for the job, like someone could've gotten hurt if it slipped. I think the jar lifter should be curved, with more surface area for gripping.
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