(These are mostly aimed at water bath canning, fyi)
- Have a stack of hand towels or rags at the ready. You'll need one damp one to wipe the rims, a dry one to hold the jars while doing so, and there's a great chance that you'll just need a few extra. Trust me on this one, you don't want to be running in circles around the kitchen after you've just dropped a huge glob of jam on your big toe!
- Never put your hot glass jars, empty or full, on a bare countertop, oven, or table. That gives them a great opportunity to crack and ruin your project. Or your will to can.
- Take a medium sized baking sheet and line it with a hand towel. Sit this next to your canner and use it as a jar-friendly counter space. Not only will the towel keep the jars safe, but if a jar should crack, the contents will mostly be caught by the baking sheet. One less headache.
|Admittedly a little hard to see...but you get the gist.|