Ball® Home Canning Discovery Kit (by Jarden Home Brands)
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- Introductory home canning kit eases a novice canner into it with a trail set that makes use of existing kitchenware
- Includes an illustrated, simplified instruction book with recipes
- Also includes polypropylene rack with separate, fitted lifter that works in standard stockpots and 3 Pint jars
- Efficient, low-cost way to learn canning, which could save money and broaden supplies in the long run
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Anyway, I got this kit as a gift a few weeks ago and decided to take a stab at canning last week. I decided to make some jams and this kit was a huge help. I did not use the jars that came with the kit since they were too large for what I needed but I did use the basket along with some smaller Ball Jars. I brought the water to a boil, put the jars I used in the basket (it easily held 5 smaller cans and will hold 3-4 larger jars), put them in the water, and put a lid on top. I did not closely track the temp like some of the other reviewers. I boiled for 8 minutes as per the recipe then removed the basket from the water. It was not melted AT ALL. It wasn't even soft and it looked just as it had before it went into the pot. The jams sealed perfectly and are delicious.
I have since used the basket 4 more times with absolutely no problems. I still do not track the temp, even. I was told Ball is a reliable canning company with a great reputation and I trust them to release only good products for canners. If you are just starting out in canning you will find this product to be a huge help! Happy Canning!
10/21/10 Update: I have now used the basket a dozen times. I made Salsa a couple of weeks ago that required boiling for 45 minutes. Once again, the basket came out of the pot without melting. It still looks like new and I look forward to using it many more times.
3/20/12 Update: After a year and a half of pretty constant canning, this product is still in great condition.Read more ›
I was concerned after reading a few of the reviews of the product (many of which were written by people don't even own the item), so before I purchased the basket I did a little online research. The melting point of polypropylene (that's what the rack is made of) is somewhere around 320 degrees fahrenheit. Since water boils at 212 degrees fahreneit, I felt pretty safe.
And I was. No melting. Let me repeat that: no melting. Just canning.
Let me add that my stock pot is only 8 quarts and the rack touched the sides of the pot the entire time I boiled my fruit preserves (ideal "melting" conditions). No melting. Additionally, the recipe I used had me boil the jars a fairly long time -- 45 minutes -- and since the rack only holds 3 jars at a time I submerged it twice in succession (each time for 45 minutes). No melting. In fact, the rack was cool to the touch the moment it came out of the water.
The kit comes with the rack, 3 1 pint jars and very basic, easy to understand instructions.
You supply your own stock pot, and it needs to be at least 7.5 inches deep and 9.5 inches in diameter. A canning funnel and a small non-metallic spatula are also helpful.
If you have the spatula and stock pot, as well as ingredients for the small batch recipe you want to try, you can start immediately. The canning funnel is very helpful for filling jars, but if you don't have one, you can ladle things in the jars carefully.
If you're worried about using a plastic rack, polypropylene is a thermoplastic that melts at around 300 degrees F. Water boils at 212 degrees F. I have a gas stove, and the first recipe I did needed boiling for 35 minutes. The plastic held up just fine.
My experience with it:
I haven't done any canning since my mom passed away, and my daughter had never canned before. So if you've never canned before, trust me, you can follow the instructions in the booklet.
Since it was her first time canning and I wanted her to be enthused about it, I let her choose the recipe. She chose a very simple salsa recipe using Ball Fiesta Salsa Mix, 2 lbs of tomatoes, and 3 tablespoons of vinegar. We chopped and cooked, and followed the recipe and canning instructions. We decided to stick to the instructions for the salsa without adding pepper or cilantro. We had a lot of fun. Then we ladled it into the jars, and processed. The basket has a handle so you don't need a jar lifter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this jar holder. My daughter who is 13 does canning each year for the county fair. Last year we just had canning tongs which worked but jars could slip and they were... Read morePublished 10 days ago by cj
Plastic items were not shipped in a box that fit the product. Plastic handles will not bend back into a round shape and cannot be used. Insert basket can only be used. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Victoria Fox
Nice price for a good set of canning equipment. Pickled veggies rule.Published 24 days ago by S. Tessler
Really like this for small batches. But I was bummed the top pull strap didn't come with it! :(Published 1 month ago by MR J.
We just started canning and this was a perfect way to try out the whole thing without committing hugely money-wise, in case we hated it (which we definitely DONT). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie
It started with a small harvest of apricots from my yard. Then I found blueberries on sale for $2.99 for a pint, and I had lemons I needed to use soon... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Russell
Perfect for processing small batches of jam. Just what I needed.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been canning for over thirty years. Sometimes you only need to put up two or three half pints of a jam, or that last little bit of tomato sauce. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Southern Breezes
Handle snapped before I could even use it! Everything else seems fine.Published 2 months ago by Carol
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