For High-Volume Canning, Use This!

When my mother began preparing for hot water bath canning in dozens of half-gallon jars, she was at a loss for a vessel to use. She has a stock pot that would handle approximately 3 jars at once, but she needed something to accommodate more at a time (if she didn't want to spend the rest of the summer laboring over a hot stove!). Check out what she used after the jump:

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When a friend said she had just the thing she could borrow, my mom was amused to find that the "thing" was an antique copper wash tub! While the tub has probably seen plenty of hot water baths of another sort in its day, her friend assured her she's used it many times for bulk canning projects and it worked like a charm.

Have you had to come up with creative solutions for canning when you didn't have all of the necessary supplies on hand? Please share your stories below!

Related: How To Make Your Own Canning Equipment (Home Hacks guest post from Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars)

(Images: Hot and Steamy: A Visual Tour of Hot Water Bath Canning, Sondra's Antiques)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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