How to Sterilize Jars for Canning Jam

Chefs in Food Network Kitchens take the guesswork out of making jam for Food Network Magazine.
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Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

SUPPLIES: 8-ounce canning jars with lids and bands; canning pot or other large pot with a lid; canning rack or other rack that fits inside the pot; saucepan; jar lifter or tongs; kitchen towels

Wash the jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water; rinse well. Put the jars on a rack in a pot of water. Boil 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer until ready to use.

Meanwhile, put the lids and bands in a separate saucepan of simmering water until ready to use (do not boil).

Just before filling, carefully remove the jars from the water with a jar lifter or tongs, shake out the excess water and transfer to a clean kitchen towel.