I use this method of sterilizing jars for preserving and it has worked very well.
Stand clean jars in the sink with a piece of cutlery in each to absorb the heat keeping the jar from cracking.
Pour boiling water in and let stand a few minutes.
Pour out the water and fill with your pickles, jam or sauces.
Pour boiling water over jar lids, then carefully remove from water with tongs and place on jars. Close fingertip tight.
Place jars in a deep pot and fill water to 1" above lids. Bring to a boil and keep boiling for 15-20 minutes.
Carefully remove jars and let rest for 24 hours. Then check that the center of the lid has popped down to seal. If you have a jar that hasn't sealed properly re-do the process or keep the jar in the fridge.
I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!