How to ster­ilise jars

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - SLOW COOKER -

The aim is to fin­ish ster­il­is­ing the jars and lids at the same time the pre­serve is ready to be bot­tled. Jars which aren’t ster­ilised prop­erly can cause de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the pre­serves dur­ing stor­age. Start with washed jars and lids, then fol­low one of these meth­ods: 1. Put jars and lids through the hottest dish­washer cy­cle with­out de­ter­gent. 2. Lie jars down in a boiler with the lids, cover with cold water, then cover boiler with a lid. Bring water to the boil and boil the jars for 20 min­utes. 3. Stand jars up­right, with­out them touch­ing, on a wooden board on the low­est shelf in the oven. Turn oven to the low­est pos­si­ble tem­per­a­ture; leave jars to heat for 30 min­utes. Re­move jars from dish­washer or oven with a towel, or from boil­ing water with tongs and rub­ber-gloved hands. Stand jars, not touch­ing, on a wooden board or a bench cov­ered with a towel. Fill the jars; se­cure lids tightly. Leave at room tem­per­a­ture to cool be­fore stor­ing.

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