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Jul 7, 2008 08:38 AM

MSP canning supplies

Hey, Twin Cities hounds, where do you buy your canning supplies (pot, rack, tongs, jars)? I'd buy online, but I want a local source, especially for jars and lids, so I can stock up and replace things as needed. Thanks.

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  1. The best place that I've found locally is Fleet Farm. However, in a pinch, Lunds (at least the Uptown Lunds) has reduced sugar pectin and a limited supply of lids, jars, etc. They had at least a few of these things last week when I bought some pectin.

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    1. re: bob s

      The Cub Foods at 60th and Lyndale carries the supplies as well (jars, lids, paraffin, pectin). I think the stuff is in the row with saran wrap and aluminum foil and baggies and is toward the back wall.

    2. Thanks. Can anyone recommend where to purchase the set up for a boiling water operation or, this would be really great, a place where I can talk to someone about and then purchase a pressure canner?

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      1. re: slowfoodgrrl

        I'd hoped for this but after searching around town ended up buying a pressure canner online. I haven't used it for pressure canning yet but it worked better than my boiling water canner for regular canning.
        I have seen boiling water canners at thrift stores on occassion.

        1. re: slowfoodgrrl

          Your local Ace Hardware should have what you need. On my recent trip there for 1/2 pints I saw canning pots, jars, cheesecloth, pectin, ect, ect. Didn't notice if there was a pressure cooker - sorry.

        2. We go to any of the Fleet Farms.

          1. Ace Hardware on 38th and Nicollet is my place for all canning supplies.

            1. Fleet Farm, Menards, Target and Walmart. For people who want to can their labors of love from the garden but seem to have a champagne diet on a Kool-aid budget restriction...jars can be purchased at second hand shops cheaply reasonable. I will only buy jars from certain stores when they are half price though. They get scrubbed fiercely and run through the dishwasher when they first come home. After that a simple run through of the dishwasher is fine.A fun shop for specialty equipment is Eggplant the Urban Farm Store(how's that for a contradiction in terms?). They are located by Selby and Fairview in Saint Paul. They often supply ClearJel which most of us canning lifers have to order online. They also have replacement parts for canners because if we want a reliable end product the process must also be reliable. Another place for pressure canner parts is Ace Hardware, and also Pressure Cooker Oulet(online).The agricultural units in MSP areas have stopped testing pressure gauges on canners years ago, and they say to send them in to presto(which costs postage)for free testing. I have been trying to encourage them to start the practice up again. With so many of the younger generation desiring to start canning to have better control over their family's nutrition, there is a greater need for an ag-extension unit in the inner city willing to help with the process. It would help the cause if anyone in agreement calls or writes the ag-unit close to them and request pressure gauge testing to be reinstated as well as canning classes.I only know of one class being taught through the U of M currently.