🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

First attempt at canning! Tilted jars about 30 degrees when pulling out of water. If a seal forms, is it reliable?

Hello all,

As the title says, this is my first attempt at canning (peach jam), and everything was going swimmingly until it came time for me to remove the jars from the boiling water bath. I pulled them out rather haphazardly, at a slight tilt, and am now worried that I may have compromised whatever seal has formed. After extensive online searching, I know now to keep the jars completely upright, and being a crazed food safety nut, I am seriously considering processing them. Canning experts: please tell me, am I being paranoid or just careful enough? Thanks to all you wise souls!

asked by sooj over 1 year ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

2 answers 503 views
5b7755f4 f84e 4738 be55 06b56e9c2553  dsc 0008 002
em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 1 year ago

I've been canning for years, and I believe you're all good. If the lids "pinged shut" after you removed the jars from the water bath (by which I mean they formed vacuum seals and are now completely concave) you're fine. Test a jar by unscrewing the band and seeing what happens when you lift the jar by the lid alone. You will be able to lift a well-sealed jar without problem. If the lid comes off, that jar is not shelf-stable. Put it in your fridge and eat in the coming weeks!
I think you're good to go. Enjoy!

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

09ff52d9 2ffb 49d6 84b7 3a81c1edb2d7  image
added over 1 year ago

Yep. A seal is a seal. I too have been canning for years and being short, I doubt I've ever pulled a jar out od my canner vertical. In fact I've never encountered that 'rule' in all my years of reading canning books, USDA manuals, etc.

Loading…

Reset
Password

  Enter your email below and we'll send you instructions on how to reset your password

Account Created

Welcome!

Logged In

Enjoy!

Email Sent

Please check your email for instructions
on how to reset your password

Successfully logged out

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.