Canning and Preserving Tools & Supplies

Tools & Gadgets that might be helpful with your canning adventures

Many of these items are available from  Some are available locally or from other online retailers.  Please feel free to shop around - links are posted for reference purposes.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at: creativecreationsbyamy (at)

If I can't answer your question, I can ask one of our canning experts and get back to you with their advice.

Gadgets and Canning Supplies

Great Starter Kit for canning - everything you need to get started-

Alternative Canning Rack - I use this in the bottom of my canner.   It is usually used in the pressure canner, but I use it in my hot water bath canner.   I dislike the traditional wire canner- especially for smaller jars, I don't like how unsteady it is.   I can fit about 8-9 pints or jelly jars in one canner load when I use this in the bottom of my canner.  If you use this, be sure to leave at least some room around the jars - there needs to be adequate air/water space around the jars.

Waterproof Apron - I wear one similar to this when I am washing all of the dirty dishes that are created when canning - you can also get these fairly lightweight aprons at a hair salon supply store.

True Blue Gloves-  Heat resistant gloves - also available at "In the Kitchen" in the Strip District

Chef'n Veggie Chop - Hand powered food processor.  (this was demoed at the SFP Pickle canning workshop)



FREE!!!!!  USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning - fullly downloadable as a .pdf file

FREE!!!!! University of Tennessee Canning Foods Book - available as a .pdf.  Excellent for step by step procedures for "how-to" can.

Ball Complete Book of Home Canning - Large book that has "tons" of recipes.  Good for a first canning book, but you can easily start with the "Ball Blue Book of Canning" (next book down)


Ball Blue Book of Canning & Preserving (available at local Target stores for around $7) - Smaller and less daunting that the Ball Complete book.  A PERFECT starter book (in my opinion).  Tons of pictures, detailed explanations and wonderful recipes.


Canning & Preserving for Dummies


Here is a favorite recommended by SFP's Virginia Phillips-

Eugenia Bone's Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods

Websites & Facebook Pages

Great Facebook pages that encourage SAFE canning habits.

SB Canning

365 Days of Creative Canning

Earth to Glass Canning

Pittsburgh Canning Exchange

Safe Home Canning and Self Reliant Living group

Here are some websites with great resources and recipes

SB Canning -

365 Days of Creative Canning -

Ball -

Taste of Home - Top 10 Canning Recipes -