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Evolution of Canning Equipment

Boiling Water Canners

Canning Tomatoes at Home and in Club Work

(Breazeale and Benson, 1913)

 

 

 Boiling water outfits could be either purchased or made at home.

Boiling Water Bath

(Boiling Water Bath, 1943)

The simplest hot-water outfit is one to be placed on the kitchen stove. It consists of any vessel large enough to hold a convenient number of jars, fitted with a false bottom which holds the jars away from the bottom of the utensil, thus protecting the jars from bumping and overheating, and allowing full circulation of water under them. Several convenient canners of this type are on the market. A large bucket, a wash boiler, or a small metal washtub which can be covered tightly will serve this purpose. The false bottom may be made of wooden strips or of strong wire netting, which is raised an inch or so above the bottom of the vessel.



--United States Department of Agriculture. (1921). Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Farmers' Bulletin, 1211. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/CAT87202920

 

Boiling water canners could also be constructed for outdoor use.

Successful Canning and Preserving

(Powell, 1918)

Canning is more likely to prove attractive work when it is done in a cool, shady, outdoor place.


--United States Department of Agriculture. (1921). Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Farmers' Bulletin, 1211. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/CAT87202920

 
Successful Canning and Preserving

(Powell, 1918)

Another and more complete canner is one constructed especially for outdoor work…. It has a fire box, smoke pipe, and vat for processing, which are combined in one piece; and with it are supplied lifting and blanching trays, tongs for handling hot jars or cans, and tools necessary for sealing tin cans. Canners of this type are light and convenient and are planned as portable outfits.



--United States Department of Agriculture. (1921). Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Farmers' Bulletin, 1211. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/CAT87202920