Pickles and jams are harvested for the winter by many. Of course, in order for them to stand for a long time, it is necessary to properly prepare the container. We will talk about how to sterilize jars for blanks in this article.
This is a very simple matter. You just need to follow all the steps carefully and as carefully as possible. There are several simple ways to achieve the destruction of germs on glassware. So, how to sterilize jars without using any additional equipment quickly and efficiently? Most often, housewives practice the most reliable and easiest way - on a gas stove. First of all, of course, the jars must be thoroughly rinsed with water. You can also pre-add soda to it and soak the container for a few minutes.
Next, take a large pot and fill it with water by about a third. You can put a special grate on the bottom. Then clean jars are placed in the pan with their necks down. After that, turn on the gas and boil water for 10 - 15min. The grate is needed so that when boiling, the jars do not hit each other and break. It is advisable to roll vegetables or fruits into them immediately after
dry. In addition to the jars themselves, the lids should also be sterilized. To do this, pour a little water into a metal cup (preferably enamelled), put the lids on and boil for 2-3 minutes. It can’t be longer, because overheating can deform the sealing rubber ring.
How to sterilize jars in the oven
This is also not too complicated way, familiar to many housewives. In the event that you have an oven with a thermostat, it will certainly be the most convenient for you. The fact is that, having such equipment, you can sterilize several cans at once. The oven should be heated to 100 degrees. At higher temperatures, glass containers may burst. Next, the banks are placed on the grate. If they are wet, place them upside down. This way the water will evaporate. Dry dishes can be placed neck down. The jars should be in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. During this time, all unwanted microorganisms will be killed. It is best to leave the jars in the oven after turning off to cool.
How to sterilize jars in the microwave
This method is also very convenient and often practiced by housewives. Its minus may lie in the fact that not every container will enter the microwave oven. However, if necessary, three- and two-liter jars can beput inside on its side, after pouring a little water into them first. Warm up the dishes for about 2-3 minutes after boiling water, the level of which should be about 1 cm.
How to sterilize jars using a pot with a special lid
Currently, a special lid for pots is available in the store, designed to sterilize glass containers. Sold with holes of different diameters. It is very easy to use such equipment. You just need to pour water into the pan, close the lid and put the jar on the hole. Sterilization is carried out for about 15 minutes. Then, as usual, the jar is removed and placed on a towel to dry.
So, now you know how to properly sterilize jars for pickles and jams. Using one of the methods described above, you will insure yourself against such troubles as cloudy brine or spontaneous opening of lids during storage.