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Aug 26, 2013 07:27 PM

Canning Question - please help!

I am very new to canning and am looking to fellow 'hounds for guidance. I made a small batch of pepper jelly this evening and as I went to admire my handiwork, I noticed condensation on the inside of the sealed lids.

Please advise as to whether or not it is safe for storage, and what I may have done to cause this. I have previously made blueberry jam and creamsicle jelly and did not run into this issue.

I appreciate any insight from more canning savvy folks! :-)

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  1. Not enough information to offer a guess. Did you follow a recipe? If so, did you follow the processing directions to the letter? Water bath or pressure? How much headspace did you leave?

    Condensation occurs when a gas containing water - like air - cools on a surface. I've never seen it in my canning experience: I'd be leary, since my first thought is that you did not heat the jars at high enough temperature to drive all the air out of them and thus may not have a good enough seal.

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    1. re: tardigrade

      Thanks tardigrade. I did follow the recipe to the letter and all of the jars have sealed. I used a water bath and 1/4 inch head space. Interestingly, the condensation is gone this morning.