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Hot Waterbath Preserving or Pressure Preserving - Which Should You Use?

Though there are many delicious things you can preserve, understanding these two popular preserving techniques will help you as you explore the possibilities. Check out these step-by-step guides. If you’re more of a visual learner, or if you just like to be thorough, here is an extremely helpful video to watch.



Hot Waterbath Preserving Step-by-Step

Pressure Preserving Step-by-Step


Hot Waterbath Preserving

Method for preserving tomatoes, salsa, jellies, jams, fruits (whole, sauces, chutneys, pie filling, etc.) and other high-acid foods.

You will need:

  • Ball® 21-Quart Waterbath Preserver with preserving rack OR equally large stockpot with Ball® Preserving Rack
  • Ball® Glass Preserving Jars with Lids and Bands

Recipes using this method are great for beginners.


Pressure Preserving

Method for preserving meats, poultry, vegetables, chili, fish and other low-acid foods.

You will need:

  • Pressure Preserver
  • Ball® Glass Preserving Jars with Lids and Bands

Recipes using this method are best for intermediate and advanced preservers.


Preserving Guides

View our Getting Started Guide for the details on each step of the process. And check out the guides below for assistance with the type of creation you'd like to make.

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