Canning & Preserving

Portland Homestead Supply Co. carries a wide variety of jars for water bath and pressure canning. We also carry all the gadgets and supplies needed to make the process go a little faster and smoother.

BALL JARS

Ball jars have a long legacy as canning jars in the United States. They were first produced in 1884 in Buffalo, NY. In 1934, Ball introduced two-piece lids that make the home canning process safer and simpler. While there are other canning lid styles available, the two piece lid remains a standard for many home preservers. Ball jars are made in the United States and now have BPA free lids. They are made from tempered glass that withstands both hot and cold temperatures without cracking.

BALL JARS AVAILABLE AT OUR SHOP

Half Gallon Jars: The largest of the Ball jars are excellent for preserving fruit juices and for use in dry food storage and pantry organizing. Grains and beans stored in these jars keep pests away and look great in the pantry.

 

Quart Jars: Quart jars are ideal for canning larger quantities and for fruits such as peach or pear halves and tomato sauce.

 

Pint Jars: The most popular size Ball jar we sell – good for single-serving soups, storing lunches or leftovers, or storing fruits and veggies for a smaller family.

 

Pint & Half Jars: The size and shape is perfect for canning longer vegetables like asparagus, cucumbers, and beans. It’s also useful for portioning soups. Around the shop, we like to use these jars as drinking glasses.

 

Half Pint Jars: These little eight ounce jars are perfect for preserving specialty foods like jams and jellies, lemon curd, marmalades, capers and mustards. The wide-mouth jars are ideal for canning tuna and other meats and makes a great lunch-box container.

 

Quilted Jars: The fancy diamond design on these jars make them perfect for gift giving. The four ounce jars are popular for other projects such as candle making, lotions and balms, toothpaste, furniture wax and spice storage.

 

Elite Jars: The unique shape of these jars gives a new look to old standbys. Mint jelly in a squat little half pint? Yes, please.

KILNER JARS

Kilner is a U.K. company that began manufacturing canning jars in England in 1842. In addition to canning jars, this age-old company has more recently added decorative jars including clip-tops, drink dispensers, and swing-top bottles. They also manufacture a unique, hand-held butter churn and hand-held coffee grinder that we carry at the shop.

KILNER PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT OUR SHOP

Butter Churn

Coffee Grinder

Clip Top Bottles

Clip Stop Storage Jars

Spice Jars

Vintage Preserve Jar

WECK JARS

Weck jars originated in Oflingen, Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Though relatively new to home-canners in the United States, they have been used for preserving in Europe for over a century. Their beautiful shapes and variety of sizes also make them perfect for carrying lunch, making candles, storing items in the pantry, or using as drinking glasses. Weck jars are made from tempered glass, with rubber gaskets and two metal clamps. We also sell Weck plastic lids that are easy to take on and off.

WECK JARS AVAILABLE AT OUR SHOP

Weck Mold Jars: The larger sized mold jars are easy to fill with their wide mouths. They fit well in pantry spaces to store preserves, grains, beans, and other staples. The small and mini sizes are popular for jams, baby food, and even baking mini cakes!

 

Weck Juice Jars: These jars have a classic shape that lends well to pouring liquids like milk or juice. They are also great for dressings, smoothies, or making and serving sun tea.

 

Weck Cylindrical Jars: These jars are great for preserving long vegetables like asparagus, beans, or cucumbers. Because they fit well on a shelf, the 1 Liter size are also great for pantry storage of things like beans and grains.

 

Weck Deco Jars: The unique curvy shape makes these jars popular for gifting. The Mini Deco jars are perfect for jam.

 

Weck Tulip Jars: The graceful shape of these jars and the wide, easy-to- fill mouth of the ½ Liter and 1 L sizes make this a popular type at the shop. The Mini Tulip jars are the perfect size and shape for preserving jams and jellies. Customers often buy these for preserves they intend to give as gifts.

CANNING POTS

For those interested in making jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, relishes, or canning fresh fruits, we carry several water bath canner and pressure canner options. Aren’t sure what method to use for your own canning project? Come in a take a class or talk to any of our knowledgeable staff.

CANNING POTS AVAILABLE AT OUR SHOP

All-American Pressure Canner (10.5, 15.5, and 21.5 Quart)

Presto Pressure Canner (16 Quart and 23 Quart)

  • Graniteware Enamel Water Bath Canners (Various Sizes)
    • Norpro 18 Quart Enamel Water Bath Canner
      • Victorio 20 Quart Water Bath Canners (Both Stainless and Aluminum)
  • Victorio Steam Canner

UTENSILS & EQUIPMENT

There are some pieces of equipment that just make processing and preserving food so much easier! These unique kitchen implements can be difficult to find. Stop by our shop to see our full selection.

UTENSILS & EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT OUR SHOP

Bean Frencher

Books

Bubble Popper Tool

Canning Labels (Kilner and Ball)

Canning Racks (Various Sizes)

Canning Utensil Set (Jar Lifter, Funnel, Lid Wand, Bubble Popper, Tongs, Jar Wrench)

Cherry Stoner

Food Mills and Sauce Masters (Various Sizes)

Funnels (Narrow, Wide, Stainless, and Silicone)

Jar Lifters

Jelly Strainers and Bags

Lids and Bands (For Regular and Wide-Mouth Jars)

Magnetic Lid Wand

Steamer/Juicers (Stainless and Aluminum)

INGREDIENTS

This list wouldn’t be complete without the pectin, clear-jel, and citric acid. We carry these sought after ingredients for canning and more. Many of these things are sold in bulk so you can go home with just the amount you need!

CANNING INGREDIENTS AVAILABLE AT OUR SHOP
  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Citric Acid
  • Clear-Jel (Regular and Instant)
  • Corn Starch
  • Pectin (Regular, Instant, and Low-Sugar)
  • Pickling Lime (Calcium  Hydroxide)
  • Pickling Salt
  • Pomona’s Pectin