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Home canning

Tips for home canning

Canning can be performed on a glass ceramic smoothtop cooking surface, coil element or gas surface burner.

When canning for long periods, alternate the use of surface cooking areas/burners or elements between batches. This allows time for the most recently used areas to cool.

Center the canner on the:

  • Largest ceramic surface cooking area or coil element


  • Gas burner grate above the burner

Do not place canner on two (2) ceramic surface cooking areas, gas burners or coil elements at the same time.

Canners should not extend:

  • More than 1/2" (1.3 cm) beyond the ceramic surface cooking area or coil element on electric cooktops


  • More than 1" ( 2.5 cm)  beyond the burner grate on gas burners

On ceramic glass models, use only flat bottom canners to avoid damage to the cooktop.

For more information, contact your local agricultural extension office, or refer to published home canning guides.  Companies that manufacture home canning products can also offer assistance.