Why Sterilize Jars?

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  1. Soupmaker

    Soupmaker Well-Known Member

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    When canning? Seems that every canning thread I ever read people are still sterilizing jars.

    I equate that to wiping before you poop. I just don't make any sense. It's a waste of time, effort and energy.

    Anything that gets PC doesn't need the jars sterilized. Anything that gets BWB canned for 10 minutes or longer doesn't neeed to be sterilized.

    Grape juice in a quart jar only needs to be processed for 5 minute. I just find it easier to process it for 10 and be done with it. That and I usually do GJ in half gals anyway.
     
  2. mekasmom

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    I agree with you. I never sterilize anything before pressure canning.
     

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    Pressure canning I don't sterilize, just wash with soap & water. Water bath canning I still do sterilize just to be doubly sure that all the germies are knocked back.
     
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    I just wash and rence .sterlizing was part of the process used when people just poured the boiling tomatoes into the jars titened the lids and didn't prosess in the hot water bath or when they canned pickels .I don't think this is recomended for either any more .personally I even put jelly through a hot water bath .
     
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    Do you wipe before you poop too? LOL

    You realize that you are sterilizing everything when you BWB?
     
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    Better safe than sick... I've had food poisoning. It blows.
     
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    I have not found a book that says to sterilize unless the processing time is under 10mn. They ALL say to warm up the jars to prevent heat shock and I think people mistake that for sterilization (which is in boiling water/steam for 10 mn).

    I sterilize jars/lids when making yogurt, but that is to be sure I don't have unwanted competition with the yogurt cultures.

    As to the bathroom issue, not to wipe but to wash your hands first - especially men - who knows what you've got on your hands that you are now getting on rather delicate skin. Those areas aren't protected with thick skin like your hands - just ask someone who has cut up hot peppers and gone to the bathroom without washing their hands first.
     
  8. Soupmaker

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    There is NO added safety in sterilizing jars before you can.
     
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    IIRC the Blue book does.
     
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    I agree with Macybaby. Unless you are processing something for under 10 minutes, you do not need to sterilize the jars. I believe that is the recent recommendation from the USDA?

    I do wash them very well and heat them to a simmer just to make sure they do not suffer shock and break when they are filled with the hot food and stuck in the canner with boiling/almost boiling water. The lids are never supposed to be boiled (sterilized) either because it can ruin the sealing compound.
     
  11. Soupmaker

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    I never even perheat jars. i usually have them prewashed and boxed.

    Out of several thousand jars I have only broke one. I was reeally pushing it with that one though.
     
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    To each his own. I'll do it simply because I'm not going to chance another bout of food poisoning. It was with commercially canned food that time but like I said, better safe than sorry.
     
  13. Soupmaker

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    LOL I guess whatever helps you sleep at night.
     
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    I run it through the dishwasher. That way they are clean, and still very hot, if i time it just right!
     
  15. terri9630

    terri9630 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why criticize? What does it hurt?
     
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  16. Soupmaker

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    What does it gain? Seriously??
     
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    Some people just like to do stuff like that. Just like my mother-in-law who always washes her dishes before she puts them in the dishwasher. Seems like a waste of time and resources, but it evidently makes her feel good.
     
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    Yup. It reminds me of a story. I will try to tell it.

    A women and her friend are going to make supper.

    The women pulls a pot roast out the fridge and cuts the ends of before puting it into a pot. The friend asks why she cut the ends off. The women says "that's the way my mom did it. Frenid says we should call your mom and ask her why. They call the mom and the mom says "that's the way my mom did it". So they call G-ma. They ask G-ma why she cuts the ends off of th epoast raost before cooking. G-ma says "that's the way i used to do it but now a have a bigger pot".
     
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    Exactly! I don't think I've ever sterilized a jar.

    My mom did, but she also sealed her jams with wax. Big difference.
     
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    I also have recipes that call for a five minute processing time (jellies) but I just process for ten instead. I don't sterilize the jars, just make sure that they are good and hot.

    Doesn't matter to me what other people do or don't do, we all have to do whatever we think is best, so we can be confident when feeding our families or gifting a friend with a jar of jelly. :)