How-to Make a Water Bath

Put the rack in your canner. Add several inches of water; bring to a simmer. Prepare the recipe as directed. Ladle or pour the hot mixture into hot sterilized jars. Use a ruler to make sure you're leaving the recommended headspace for expansion during the process.

Wipe the threads and rim of the jar with a clean, damp cloth. Place a warm lid on the top of each jar with the sealing compound next to the glass.

Screw a band onto the jar just until resistance is met.

Immediately after filling each jar, use a jar lifter to place the jar onto the rack in the canner, making sure the jars are not touching. Lower the rack when filled. If necessary, add enough boiling water to the canner to cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Cover the canner. Adjust heat to hold a steady rolling boil. Start counting the processing time when the water returns to a boil. If the water level decreases while processing, add additional boiling water.

When the processing time has ended, remove the jars from the canner with a jar lifter. Stand upright on a towel; keep away from drafts.