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Questions from a pressure canning newbie in the UK

 
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Hi Everyone. I wanted to have a go at pressure canning, so when I saw a used one on ebay I bought it. Now I'm finding difficult to locate jars and other supplies in the UK. Can anyone suggest where to look?

I also got some Bormioli Rocco 'Quattro Stagioni' screw-top jars from a very kind freecycle user. Does anyone know if I can use these for pressure canning? I don't have lids for them. Is it possible to use other manufacturers lids ?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
 
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They manufacture lids for the jars you have. They say they are for preserving Jams, jellies and sauces. I don't know if they are rated for pressure canning.
http://www.bormioliroccousa.com/products/line/?id=103#

Amazon.co.UK has canning jars and lids. Kerr and Ball are the two most popular brands in the US for pressure canning. I have no idea where you can get them locally.
We can buy them in most grocery stores, hardware stores, craft stores, and large chains like Walmart and Target. You may find them in specialty cooking stores too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/276-2406276-4876036?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=canning%20jars&sprefix=canning%2Caps

If you buy Ball or Kerr jars you can get Tattler lids and rings for them. These lids are reusable for years.
http://www.reusablecanninglids.com/
 
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I save olive jars, salsa jars, mayonnaise jars, etc, for canning. I've never bought jars specially for canning, and the jars from these supermaket products work great for me. I don't have a pressure cooker, but they go through a hot water bath just fine. Some people may not be comfortable using these kinds of jars, but I'm fine with it
 
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At one of the communities I lived at, we would can over 1,000 jars of various things per season, both in boiling water and under pressure. We put the idea to the test about using other jars than bona-fide canning jars, and found after repeated uses that these other jars work fine, provided they will fit a canning jar lid and ring. No more of them broke or failed to seal than the brand-name jars. Things like mustard, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, and various jams and jellies are frequently sold in jars that will fit a canning jar lid. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere with a recycling center with open bins, you can learn to recognize these and scrounge them in quantity pretty quickly. I'm still using a collection of several hundred jars largely obtained this way. If those jars have stuck on labels and old encrusted nasty food residue, I found they could be cleaned easily by means of what I called "the long soak"---sinking them down on top of each other in a barrel of water, and then adding floating plants, mosquito fish, etc. and basically allowing a pond ecosystem to feed off of them for a year or so. After this time, most would wipe and rinse clean!
 
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Thankyou for the advice on this. I was eventually able to find a supplier fairly locally and took some jars in to try different lids on. Other makes fit so i'll give these jars a go.
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