The 12 Best Canning Supplies in 2023

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Home canning lets you preserve fresh food to enjoy all year, whether it's a basket of local strawberries or a row of homegrown carrots. Canning supplies help you safely seal jars of food using heat, pressure, or both so they can be stored at room temperature. You'll want some canning tools for every project, while others are only required when processing certain types of foods.

Before buying supplies, think about what you want to preserve. Low-acid foods, including meat, poultry, seafood, and non-pickled vegetables, need a pressure canner. High-acid foods, such as fruits and pickles, can be sealed using a water-bath or steam canner.

By choosing the right type of canner, learning to use it properly, and following a tested canning recipe, you can feel confident that your jars of home-preserved food will be safe and delicious to eat. Whether you're a novice canner gathering your first supplies or an experienced preserver upgrading your tools, several accessories simplify the canning process.

Here are the best canning supplies.

Best Pressure Canner

Presto 01784 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker


What We Like
  • Large capacity

  • Durable

  • Works on all cooktops

What We Don't Like
  • Dial gauge needs occasional recalibration

If you want to can beef stew, creamed corn, and other low-acid foods, invest in a pressure canner. This device uses ultra-high heat and pressure to safely seal jars. Presto's sturdy 23-quart model holds 20 pint-sized or seven quart-sized jars, making it ideal for large batches. The dial gauge helps you adjust the pressure for your altitude, the air vent and cover lock help control pressure, and the rack holds jars off the pot's bottom.

Our tester reviewed a very similar model (the 01781) and was impressed with its performance. She found it to be the perfect size for canning quart jars of baked beans and she canned 13 12-ounce jars of rhubarb sauce in one water bath batch. We also expect this pressure canner to last for a long time so it's a good investment.

Presto's 01784 model has a stainless steel-clad base, so you can use it on any cooktop. If you'll only be canning on a gas and electric stove, the all-aluminum version (model 01781) comes with a lower price tag.

Price at time of publish: $176

presto 23-quart pressure canner and cooker

The Spruce Eats / Julie Laing

Liquid Capacity: 23 quarts | Mason Jar Capacity: 26 half-pints, 20 pints, 7 quarts | Material: Aluminum | Dimensions: 13.5 x 17.5 x 15.5 inches | Weight: 10.32 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: No

What Our Testers Say

"It lets you fit a lot of jars into its tall pot for both pressure and boiling water-bath canning." — Julie Laing, Product Tester

Best Water-Bath Canner

Roots & Branches Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner

Waterbath Canner

 Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • Double-sided rack for water-bath or steam canning

  • Glass lid

  • Versatile

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

For just high-acid foods, like raspberry jam and dill pickles, a water-bath canner will see you through. The Roots & Branches Harvest 20-quart canner holds eight pint-sized or seven quart-sized jars and features a flat, stainless steel bottom suitable for all cooktops.

This multi-use canner has two processing options for high-acid foods: water-bath canning or steam canning. On traditional stoves, fill it with water and submerge a rack of jars to seal them. On glass cooktops or induction cooktops, set the jars on the double-sided rack above the water and let them steam closed. In the glass lid, a temperature indicator reacts to the steam's heat and tells you when to start your processing time.

This canner has been rebranded from Victorio, a household name in home canning. It’s still available from some retailers with the older packaging.

Price at time of publish: $100

Liquid Capacity: 20 quarts | Mason Jar Capacity: 8 pints and 7 quarts | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 13.25 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 7.6 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: No

Good to Know

The increased interest in home gardening and preserving in 2020 produced a nationwide shortage of lids, jars, canners, and other supplies that has spilled into 2021. The shortage has led to price gouging by some retailers and sales of off-brand lids falsely labeled as Ball or Kerr by others. Ball recommends using its shortlist of authorized retailers to ensure you receive genuine Ball or Kerr products.

Best Rack

Progressive International Prepworks Reversible Stainless Steel Canning Rack

Progressive International Prepworks Reversible Stainless Steel Canning Rack

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Divided to help keep jars upright

  • Two racks would allow stacking

What We Don't Like
  • Only holds four quart-sized jars

Canning kettles should come with a rack that keeps jars from rattling against the bottom of the pot and breaking. A second rack helps you stack small jars in large pressure canners, convert a big stockpot into a water-bath canner, or just upgrade your setup to stainless steel.

Progressive's reversible rack has a 10.25-inch diameter and slides into most 16-quart and larger pots. It stands 2-inches high, so your pot will need to be at least 12 inches deep to safely hold four quart-sized jars underwater. The rack's divided rings help to keep jars from tipping.

Price at time of publish: $20 for Canning Rack

Pot Size: 16 quarts or larger | Mason Jar Capacity: 7 half-pints or pints and 4 quarts | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 x 2 inches | Weight: 0.46 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Best Jars

Ball Wide-Mouth Pint 16-Ounce Glass Mason Jar With Lids and Bands, 12-Count

Ball Wide-Mouth Pint 16-Ounce Glass Mason Jar With Lids and Bands, 12-Count

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Reliable

  • Complete set

What We Don't Like
  • Lids are not reusable for canning

To can food, you'll need the classic trio: glass jars, lids, and rings. Newell Brands makes Ball products, today's biggest household name in Mason jars. For easy purchase, flats of canning jars come with reusable rings and single-use lids in a complete, reliable setup.

Pint jars land in the middle of canning sizes; quart jars are favored by those with large families, while half-pint and 4-ounce sizes are ideal for gifting. Wide-mouth pints tend to be the most versatile and easiest to fill. Ball and Kerr also offer narrow-mouth jars in all sizes, as well as replacement rings, lid packages, and boxes of single-use lids.

Price at time of publish: $19

Jar Size: 16 ounces | Material: Glass and tin-plated steel | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Includes: 12 jars with lids and rings

What The Experts Say

“I use wide-mouth, pint-sized jars for a variety of pickled things. One of my favorite things is pickled Brussels sprouts, and they go well in that size of the jar. Mixed fruit, like fruit cocktail, also fits well in that size of jar.”— Renee Pottle, author of "Profitable Preserves" and "Water Bath Canning"

Best Set

Norpro 6-Piece Canning Set

Norpro 6-Piece Canning Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Multipurpose tools

What We Don't Like
  • More tools than you may need

A complete canning kit gives you all the tools you need for your first canning project or an accessory upgrade. Norpro's affordable six-piece set features the essentials: a jar lifter to safely move jars in and out of boiling water and a wide-mouth funnel to fill jars with minimal mess.

The kit's bonus tools include a bubble popper/measurer to swiftly remove air bubbles or mark necessary headspace and a magnetic lid lifter to help pick up wet lids. If your hands won't fit inside a jar, the kit's tongs can help you pack in food. If you suffer from arthritis or a similar ailment, the jar wrench can clasp jars as you make the rings finger-tight.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 10.25 x 3 x 1.25 inches | Weight: 1.43 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Includes: Jar lifter, wide-mouth funnel, bubble popper/measurer, magnetic lid lifter, tongs, and jar wrench

Best Jar Lifter

Ball Secure-Grip Jar Lifter

Ball Secure-Grip Jar Lifter


What We Like
  • Spring-loaded hinge

  • Wide grip

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky design

Canning means repeatedly lifting glass jars in and out of boiling water. Just the thought of using pasta tongs, oven mitts, or bare hands will convince you to add a jar lifter to your canning supplies.

The key feature of Ball's Secure-Grip model is a spring-loaded hinge that makes one-handed use a snap. The wide-top grip feels secure in your hand and around the jar. These features do bulk up the design, which can make it challenging to slide the last jar in and the first jar out of a fully loaded canner.

Price at time of publish: $16

Material: Metal and silicone | Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.5 x 8.38 inches | Weight: 0.5 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What The Experts Say

“My favorite tool in canning, and I’ve been doing this for a long, long time, is a jar lifter. I don’t know how people can without a jar lifter. To me, it’s a must-have.” — Renee Pottle, author of "Profitable Preserves" and "Water Bath Canning"

Best Funnel

Progressive Canning Funnel

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma
What We Like
  • Fits narrow- and wide-mouth jars

  • Gives headspace measurements

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky design

Once a canning funnel enters your kitchen, you'll find it useful for everything from filling jars with boiling jelly to building Mason jar salads. It's an essential canning tool because a clean jar rim goes a long way toward ensuring a secure lid-to-jar seal.

Progressive's Prepworks model takes the standard canning funnel and upgrades it with a couple of features that would have made your grandmother envious. The double-walled design and extended outer wall help even the messiest canners reduce drips and spills. Measurements marked on the outer rim make it easy to see when you've hit your headspace target.

Price at time of publish: $20 for Canning Funnel

Material: BPA-free polypropylene (plastic) | Dimensions: 3.25 x 5 x 7 inches | Weight: 0.02 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What The Experts Say

“I think funnels are indispensable. I’m a messy cook, and a funnel helps keep the mess under control. [I use a] canning funnel in conjunction with a towel to hold the jars and a nicely sized ladle—not too big and not too small—to dump things into the funnel.” — Renee Pottle, author of "Profitable Preserves" and "Water Bath Canning"

Best Digital Scale

Taylor Precision Products Compact Digital Scale



What We Like
  • Measures ounces and grams

  • Holds up to 11 pounds of dry ingredients

What We Don't Like
  • Wide bowls hide the measurement display

A digital scale may initially live among your canning supplies, but will quickly find a home with your everyday kitchen tools. Taylor has been making accuracy tools since 1851. Its newest compact digital scales have a low profile and take up little space.

If you want to know how many pounds of green beans you harvested and how many grams of salt you need to pickle them, you'll appreciate the 1020NFS model. It switches between U.S. customary and metric measurements at the touch of a button and marks small increments up to 11 pounds (dry ingredients). The stainless steel platform is removable for easy cleaning.

Price at time of publish: $35

Load Capacity: 11 pounds (175 fluid ounces) | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 1.46 x 6.54 x 8.07 inches | Weight: 19.04 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: No | Includes: 2 AAA batteries

Best Cookbook

Ball Canning Back to Basics

Ball Canning Back to Basics


What We Like
  • Clear, simple instructions and recipes

  • Helpful photos for beginners

What We Don't Like
  • Only covers water-bath canning

Ball has been publishing canning books for about as long as it's been making jars—its first home canning book hit shelves in 1909. Today's collection includes "Ball Canning Back to Basics," a user-friendly volume for novice canners and experienced professionals alike.

This book packs 100 straightforward recipes for everything from pear preserves to tomato sauce. It also includes basic information to ensure safe processing and numerous photos to help guide you. The book is specific to high-acid and added-acid foods, so you'll need to look elsewhere for instructions and recipes for pressure canning.

Price at time of publish: $15 in paperback

Recipes: 100 | Pages: 192 | Year Published: 2017

Best Small Jars

Fruiteam 12 Pack Mini Quilted Crystal Jars

Fruiteam mini crystal jars


What We Like
  • Leak proof

  • Air-tight seal

  • Microwave and dishwasher safe (except lids)

  • Multiple sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • Labels are small

Not all canning projects require big jars. In fact, small jars are perfect for individual servings, party favors, birthday gifts, and free samples. Whatever you need small jars for, we’d suggest checking out Fruiteam’s mini quilted crystal jars. The 4-ounce jars include air-tight, screw-top lids, reusable chalk labels, and a beautiful diamond pattern. 

It comes in a set of 12, though sizes can differ between 4, 6, 8, and 12 ounces depending on which you prefer. The glass is both microwave and dishwasher safe, though you’ll want to avoid extreme temperatures to avoid cracks. 

Price at time of publish: $26 for 4 oz

Material: Crystal glass, metal, sticker labels | Jar Size: 4 ounces | Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.3 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes (except lids)

Best Labels

Avery Custom Jar Labels and Stickers

Avery custom labels and stickers


What We Like
  • Highly customizable

  • Multiple shapes, sizes, and styles available

  • Certain styles are waterproof, microwave safe, and oil resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Not all styles are waterproof, tear resistant, or microwave safe

  • Two sheet minimum for sheet-style labels

Labeling jars is incredibly important in order to keep things nice and organized. You don’t want to confuse a spicy salsa with a sweet raspberry jam, after all. These labels from Avery go above and beyond a simple slap-dash of masking tape and pen. You can create an entirely customized label in an easy step-by-step process. 

Avery has a variety of shapes, sizes, formats, quantities, and even edge designs to choose from. Some materials, like the white film, are waterproof, tear-proof, freezer and microwave safe, oil-resistant, and you can even write on them. Custom labels are great for people looking to sell or give away their homemade goodies, or for people who just like a bit of personal flair. 

Price at time of publish: $60 for 40 labels

Formats: Sheets, rolls, cut stickers | Sizes: Varies by product | Shapes: Rounded rectangle, rectangle, round, oval, square, arched, arched square, star, heart, cigar, lollipop, hexagon

Best Strainer

Fox Runs Stainless Steel Canning Strainer

Fox Runs stainless steel canning strainer

Ace Hardware

What We Like
  • Comes with a stand

  • Funnel shape reduces mess

  • Fine mesh sieve

What We Don't Like
  • Stand is a little short

If you want a smooth salsa, jam, or sauce, a sieve is going to be your best friend. Sieves catch larger chunks and keep them out of the final product. This particular chinois-style strainer from Fox Runs is great for canning purposes. Not only does it have a funnel shape that will fit in (or above) most jars, it also comes with a stand to keep things sturdy. 

Mashing your ingredients with the wooden pestle ensures you get the most out of your recipe. The sieve’s stand may be a little short (about 7.5 inches tall) to sieve directly into a jar, but transferring it from a bowl is worth it when the results are so smooth. 

Price at time of publish: $51

Includes: Sieve, stand, wooden pestle | Materials: Stainless steel, chrome, wood | Dishwasher Safe: No

Final Verdict

Start your canning adventures by deciding whether you need the Presto Pressure Canner for low-acid foods or the Roots & Branches Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner. If you're set up with the basics, but need a convenient package of accessories, grab a Norpro Canning Set.

What to Look for in Canning Supplies

Canner Types

Decide what you want to preserve, and then choose the right canner for that food. You only need to invest in a pressure canner if you want to can vegetables without pickling them or jar up meats, including stocks and soups. Fruit, including jams, jellies, and pickled vegetables, can be processed in a boiling water bath.

For large batches, it's worth buying a water-bath or steam canner. Small batches of fruit and pickles can be processed in any large stockpot as long as it has a lid, you put a canning rack in it, and it's tall enough that at least 1 inch of water covers the jars without boiling over.

Pressure canners can come in several styles, but they need to hold at least four quart-sized jars and meet other U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for safe processing.

Generally, pressure cookers are too small for safe canning.

Canner Size

Both pressure canners and water-bath canners come in a range of sizes. Larger canners hold more jars; they may also be big enough that you can seal up quart jars or a double layer of smaller jars. Small canners only let you preserve a few small jars at a time, but they weigh less, especially when full, and take up less storage space.


Canners can last years when kept clean and stored dry. Some pressure canners have gauges and gaskets that need to be tested or replaced regularly.

Glass canning jars can be reused endlessly if they are free of chips and cracks. Canning rings are also reusable until they rust or become damaged.

Canning lids that look like flat, tin-plated discs are single-use products. This type of lid cannot be safely reused for canning.


How do you sterilize canning jars?

Wash all canning equipment, including jars, lids, and rings, in hot, soapy water before use. Empty canning jars should also be sterilized for recipes, like jam or relish, that are processed for less than ten minutes (before your altitude adjustment). Put them upright in your water-bath canner, add warm water to cover the jars by an inch, bring it to a boil, and let it boil for ten minutes (plus one minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level). The jars are ready to use and can be processed in the same hot water.

Can you reuse canning lids?

The flat tin-plated discs sealed onto canning jars in a water-bath or pressure canner cannot be reused for canning. These lids have been designed to seal only once, but they’re not immediately trash. Pair them with the reusable rings and glass jars to store leftovers in your refrigerator, dried beans or rice in your pantry, or dried herbs and spices on your spice rack.

What is canning salt?

Canning salt, also known as pickling salt, has one ingredient: salt. It dissolves easily and lets canned food and brine stay bright and clear. If you see other ingredients on the packaging, like iodine or anti-caking agents, set that salt aside for something other than canning. It’s best to use the kind of salt specified in a canning recipe because every type and brand has a different “saltiness” when measuring in tablespoons and cups.

How do you seal canning jars?

Canning jars seal when a vacuum is created. When you fill a jar, set a lid on it, and screw on a ring until it's finger-tight, you’re holding the lid in place, not sealing the jar. In the canner, oxygen escapes the jar, so when you pull it out and let it cool undisturbed, the lid seals to the jar. Once sealed, the ring no longer has a job, so you can remove, clean, and store it separately until your next canning session.

What is the difference between pressure canning and water-bath canning?

Pressure canning uses pressure and ultrahigh heat, whereas water-bath canning uses boiling water. Both techniques safely seal jars, but they use different processes to safely preserve different types of food. High acid—whether natural like in berries or added like in pickles—neutralizes unwanted microorganisms and bacteria, so proper processing in boiling water is enough to make the food safe. Low-acid food needs pressure and ultrahigh heat to kill bacteria, so it must be pressure canned for a specific time under a specific pressure.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

This round-up was written by Julie Laing, who has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. She currently specializes in home canning, pickling, sourdough baking, and generally making good food from scratch year-round. She published her first cookbook, "The Complete Guide to Pickling," in 2020.

Additional reporting by
Allison Wignall
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  1. USDA. USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning. 2015.

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