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August 7, 2015 Canning, Canning 101, News, Preserving Recipes, Product

Which Jars are Safe for Pressure Canning?

Updated –  April 6, 2021

Pressure canning is a different preserving method than water bath canning, and not all jars are designed, tested, and approved for pressure canning. This post will discuss which jars are safe for pressure canning.

Pressure canning is the only method recommended safe by the U.S.D.A. for preserving low-acid foods such as meats and fish, soups & stocks. Wondering what the difference is between water bath canning and pressure canning? It’s all about the temperature!

A boiling water bath canner cannot surpass 212 degrees Fahrenheit. A Pressure Canner brings jar temperatures up to 240-250 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature can be reached only by creating steam under pressure. At this temperature we can be assured that 100% of bacteria is killed.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation has some helpful recommendations for safe pressure canning. In addition to choosing the proper canning method, it’s also very important to use jars and lids that are safe for pressure canning.

The entire line of glass Ball jars has been designed, tested, and approved for pressure canning. The metal 2 piece lids that accompany these jars are also approved for pressure canning for home canners by the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Our 1-Piece Hi-Heat Metal Canning Lids are designed for pressure canning, but they haven’t yet been approved by the NCHFP for the home canner.

If you already have jars but need lids, our bulk canning lids have the same formulation as Ball’s lids. So, if you’re doing large quantities and already have the jars, our bulk wide mouth & regular mouth lids are a practical option – regular mouth lids are available in gold and silver.

New to Pressure Canning?

If you are new to pressure canning we encourage you to read this article from NCHFP about how to get started with pressure canning.

Pressure canning provides an opportunity to preserve many things that cannot be safely canned in a water bath canner including, meats, meat stocks, and more. Here are some guidelines and recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

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    Erin Denny Posted October 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Do you have any jars that are like your barbeque sauce jars that are safe for pressure canning?

    Like taller/skinnier ones with shoulders?

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted October 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Hello Erin, The short answer is no.
      We’re not aware that a jar/lid designed for that exists….or we’d carry it. 🙂
      The nerdy answer: Since pressure canning also requires a firmer plastisol; like that found in the 2-piece canning lids and our Hi-Heat regular mouth (70mm CT) and Hi-Heat wide mouth (86mm CT) lids. While we do have some customers who use some of our economy jars (along with the Hi-Heat lids) for pressure canning, those jars haven’t been tested and cleared for pressure canning. We wouldn’t recommend trying the bbq style bottles in the pressure canner mostly related to the physics that happens during processing. The shape of the jar and the venting ratio (volume of the jar & radius of the area that would allow venting) is quite different and may be problematic.

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    Jaimi Hollister Posted October 27, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    We came across some older Ball freezer jars, would it be safe to changenout the kids for pressure canning and use the glass freezer jars?

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted October 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jaimi,
      While we like to encourage responsible re-use of jars, we cannot recommend that you use jars of an unknown standard in your canning process. Many jars are not designed to withstand the pressure canner process and you may end up with product loss or suffer personal injury. Ball jars are approved for pressure canning, however you mentioned these jars were older. Do you know the age of the jars?

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    Shannon Slattery Posted April 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Would this method be acceptable for peanut butter and almond butter?

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted April 29, 2019 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Hi Shannon,
      Fresh homemade peanut butter is best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. We encourage you to reach out to your local Extension office and speak with a Master Food preserver to discuss your specific recipe.

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    Shirley Posted August 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    can I use jars sold for jelly in my pressure canner?>

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted August 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shirley,
      If you are pressure canning, it is important to select jars and lids that have been designed and manufactured with pressure canning in mind. The entire line of glass Ball jars with lids and Orchard Road jars and lids have been tested at the higher temperatures inherent with pressure canning. Contact us if you have further questions.

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    Deb Dunaway Posted August 18, 2019 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I bought some spaghetti sauce in a jar that said Mason on the side. Is this safe to use for canning?

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted August 26, 2019 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Hi Deb,
      While the jars that say Mason may be usable with regular mouth lids. We cannot speak to the integrity of the glass once it has already been heated and cooled and used. For this reason we cannot say that it is considered safe for canning. However, it could certainly be used for other uses.

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    Jenn Posted March 28, 2020 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Can you use 4oz jelly jars for pressure canning? I’ve used them over and over for jellies and jams, but just bought my first pressure canner, and could like to can some things in smaller quantities.
    Thanks for you time! 🙂

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted April 30, 2020 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      If you’re referring to the Ball branded jars, they don’t readily identify them as safe for pressure canning on the packaging. However, we are reaching out to confirm. Thank you!

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    Sharron Posted April 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I have ABC quart jars which are filled with honey on purchase. Can these jars be used to can dried beans at 10 lbs of pressure for 70 mins? Thank you.

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      Hello Sharron, Since I don’t know that specs of the jars of which you’re referring, I can’t confirm that they’d be suitable or safe for pressure canning. We know that Ball, Kerr and Orchard Road jars were tested for pressure canning. If you’re using approved packaging, following the guidelines put forth from the National Center for Home Food Preservation should result in a safe product.

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    Behrouz Posted May 13, 2020 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Hello, is it possible to use this type of glass to keep snail meat for a long time ?!

    • Fillmore Container
      Fillmore Container Posted May 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Hello, Since we are not the authority on food processing, we can’t speak to the safety of preserving snail meat. We can only speak to what processes our containers are designed to withstand, and how they perform. Please refer to your local food processing authority regarding the safety of your product. Thank you!