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New to canning: what do I really need?

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New to canning: what do I really need?

arielleeve | Jun 17, 2013 02:39 PM

Since I've been getting heaps and heaps of strawberries in my CSA these days, I'd like to start canning. I've seen the Alton Brown episode and feel confident that it's something I can try on my own. My only question is which pieces of equipment are really necessary? From what I can tell, the jar tongs, lid magnet, and funnel are crucial. Most of the cheap kits I have seen also include jar wrenches and bubble removers. But do I definitely need the special rack / basket? Alton Brown says it is so the jars won't rattle while they are being boiled. Can I achieve the same effect with a metal steamer basket? Or dispense with it entirely?

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