Using a different (smaller) size jar than recipe indicates

ellen_inmo(6)August 9, 2012

I am still relatively new to canning, though I am not new to safety guidelines and the "what not to Do's". I'm finding some instructions don't get too specific on why you shouldn't do things. I understand with certain recipes, products, etc, you should not use a larger size jar, due to density. But is it okay to use smaller jars? I've made some fantastic Peach and Pear Chili Sauce (recipe via Better Homes and Gardens 'You CAN can" book, and some fabulous Amaretto Peach Preserves. I want to make more of these and other recipes as gifts for friends and family to sample. I wish to use either half pints or the 8 oz jelly jars. Please pardon my ignorance, this is undoubtedly a no-brainer for those of you at this a long long time! Is it okay to go smaller jars??Just wanting to learn the right way..... Thanks.

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Yes, you can always safely go smaller, just not larger. Use the same suggested headspace and processing time though, do not decrease those :)

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:12PM
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Thank you for responding! Many recipes have times for different sizes, but never mention what to do if going to a smaller size. I wanted to do this for myself also for various things that I know good n well my kids won't help me eat. Certain relishes, salsas, sauces, etc, just want to make enough for a serving for me with some leftovers. I served this chili sauce with some leftover grilled chicken, shredded up, as a sandwich. Fantastic! Like a fruity-sweet Manwich sauce, not too bbq-y and not too Italian.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 11:50PM
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