Canning in the Oven

There has been a lot of discussion about this alternative canning method. This is a guide about canning in the oven.


June 14, 2007 Flag
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I need to know about canning in the oven. I have everything but the how long to leave in the oven? I know the temp is 200 just don't know how long to leave in the oven.

Lynn from Sarepta, LA

September 30, 20155 found this helpful
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I know this thread is a little old but I thought it worth a comment anyway, particularly as it still forms a reference to those looking for information.

Firstly, I can't possibly see why food in a glass jar which is placed in an oven for long enough won't reach the desired temperature throughout. If I thought that it wouldn't, I'd never eat a roast chicken ever again !!! I'm a physics teacher and heat is transferred if there is a gradient i.e. like water, it will "flow" either up or down with time and temp difference. The bigger the temp difference the quicker it will flow. You need to realise that we are talking about heat flowing through the liquid inside the jar and not the air in the oven. Heat transfer through the air in the oven is irrelevant as it is already at the desired temperature which is then maintained by the elements.

Secondly, submerging the jar makes no difference to air bubbles rising. They will rise in an oven just the same as a water bath because they are contained within a jar. What's outside the jar (water or air) is again irrelevant.

Thirdly, if the lid isn't sealed the jar is NOT going to explode, trust me !! Why on earth would it. Glass is red hot when it's made in the first place and would only break in an oven due to either high pressure inside (if the lid were sealed) OR if the glass was thick and it was unevenly heated very quickly (thermal shock) i.e. if the inside surface was much colder than outside surface which would cause uneven expansion within the glass itself.

I do understand that some people might not follow the instructions properly and that Botulism etc. therefore could be an issue BUT that's the same situation whether the jar of food is placed in a water bath or an over.

Sorry to disagree with you all but if you are going to quote physics please get it right.

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June 15, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with the above posters - DON'T DO IT!!!!!!! It is extremely dangerous. My mother tried it with tomatoes once - I threw them out. It's just not worth the risk!! A temperature of 200 is NOT hot enough.

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June 18, 20070 found this helpful

I do agree with the above posts. I have heard about canning in the oven but want to be sure of tried and true methods of canning. It can harm you or the ones you love. Better safe than sorry.

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June 18, 20070 found this helpful

I want to Thank Everyone for their responses and i will never do any canning in the oven. I will stick with on top the stove cooking.

Let me THANK ALL OF YOU again .


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August 2, 20111 found this helpful

August 29, 2011 Flag
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I have heard you can use your oven instead of a hot bath for canning and wonder if it's true? It would be a lot easier, but I don't know what to do as far as safety and oven temperature and time. Any ideas?

By Jennifer

August 31, 20110 found this helpful
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Yes, yes, yes. I put my jars, rings and lids on a large sturdy cookie sheet, adjust shelves in oven to size of your jars. Ball says 250 degrees F, I use 300 degrees F and about 20 minutes. Works very well.

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August 31, 20110 found this helpful
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Yes! Prepare everything as usual. Place in sterilized jars & put on seals. Put into a cold oven. Turn oven to 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Turn off off and let sit inside oven overnight. You can hear the lids popping as they seal! Love this way so much better...and the color of the veggies is so much brighter!

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June 25, 20160 found this helpful

did you put your jars in cold oven?

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

and on down the road prepare to meet up with Mr Botulism:

I would never, ever take a chance on canning in the oven! Pressure canner and water bath are the ONLY SAFE canning methods.

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August 12, 20160 found this helpful

August 31, 2011 Flag
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What is canning in the oven? How do you go about doing this? I have for a long time been interested in canning. This may be something I may want to do. Please someone reply. Thank you.

By Warren from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful
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Oven canning means processing the filled jars in the oven as opposed to a boiling water bath or pressure canner. However, unlike the other two methods it isn't considered safe. Ovens don't provide the reliable, even heat required to kill some nasty bacteria including botulism. Plus jars may crack or even explode. Some people do use this method but it isn't recommended.

Canning is a great thing to do and I hope you try it out! Do an online search for the USDA guide Principles of Home Canning or try the Ball Blue Book to start out.

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