How To Can On An Induction Cooktop

If you are like me, you’ve upgraded your electric or gas cooktop to an induction range. While I’ve personally owned a glass electric cooktop in all 4 of my homes, we decided to go with an induction cooktop when we renovated our kitchen.

The only problem I’ve ever run into is: how do I can/preserve since I can’t use my Granite Ware water bath canner? In this blog post I’ll explain what I use to can on my induction cooktop as well as how I still water bath jars for preservation.

GE Cafe Double Oven Induction Range and green cabinet kitchen| Gathered In The Kitchen

Four years after purchasing our GE Café double oven induction cooktop, I am still totally in love with it! All of my cooking pans were already either stainless steel or cast iron so I have had no issues with finding appropriate pans that can be used with induction…except when it came to canning!

Like many of you, I have the traditional water bath canner; the big black Granite Ware pot with white specks all over it. This is the method I had always used to can/preserve my food on an electric cooktop stove. (*note: according to the product description, it is not recommended to use this canner on a glass cooktop because “some do not generate enough heat to safely preserve food”…again, I never have had an issue.

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Water Bath Canner | Gathered In The Kitchen

You can’t use aluminum on an induction cooktop because aluminum is not magnetic. Induction cooktops generate heat through an electromagnetic field, which requires cookware made of a magnetic material, like cast iron or stainless steel, to work. Hence, the Granite Ware aluminum canner is not able to conduct heat.

So, what do you do if you’re in this situation? Well, I did a lot of research to figure out what I could use that would be efficient, would be large in sizes, would work on induction and could be used as a water bath canner.

That’s where the Presto 23-Quart Induction Compatible Pressure Canner came in.

Presto Pressure Canner for Induction Ranges | Gathered In The Kitchen

Truth be told, I was super nervous about purchasing a pressure canner. The thought of built-up pressure inside my house just makes me nervous. However, I can say with complete confidence, that I have used this to can many different things from vegetables to soups and stews and fruits, and I have had absolutely no issues or scary situations! Using a pressure canner is actually very simple and easy!

The Presto pressure canner comes with very easy to follow directions which takes a lot of that worry out of canning your first few batches in your canner.

Which canning method is best for you?

Water bath canner vs pressure canner | Gathered In The Kitchen 

Upgrading to an induction cooktop from a traditional electric or gas one can be challenging when it comes to canning, especially if you're used to using a Granite Ware water bath canner. This blog post details how to adapt by using an induction-compatible pressure canner and provides step-by-step instructions for successful canning on an induction cooktop.

How to can on an induction cooktop

Canning on an induction cooktop requires specific equipment and techniques to ensure successful food preservation. Follow these steps to can on an induction cooktop:

Similar to water bath canning, the first few steps are very similar.

1) Prepare Your Equipment:

  • Gather all necessary canning supplies, including jars, lids, bands, a jar lifter, and a canning rack. Inspect each jar for any cracks or chips; if there are any, discard those jars
  • Ensure your canner is clean and in good, working condition – specifically check the vent hole and rubber ring according to the brand’s manual
Presto Induction Pressure Canner | Gathered In The Kitchen

2) Prepare Your Food:

  • Follow your recipe to prepare the food you intend to can. This could include washing, peeling, cutting, and cooking as required.
  • Note: be sure to note if your recipe is a “raw pack” or “hot pack” and prepare the food accordingly

3) Fill Your Jars:

  • Carefully fill your canning jars with the prepared food, leaving the appropriate headspace as specified in your recipe
  • Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean paper towel and white vinegar to remove any food residue and ensure a good seal
  • Place the lids and bands on the jars, tightening them to fingertip-tight
Filling jars for canning | Gathered In The Kitchen

4) Set Up the Canner:

  • Follow the directions in the brand’s owners manual and begin the pressure canning process
  • Tips: do not overcrowd the pressure canner with jars to process

5) Monitor the Process:

  • Keep an eye on the pressure gauge and adjust accordingly
  • Adjust the heat as needed to maintain a steady pressure reading throughout the processing time
Presto Induction Pressure Canner | Gathered In The Kitchen

6) Cool and Store:

  • Once the processing time is complete, turn off the heat and let the canner sit for a few minutes. Only remove the pressure canning lid when the air vent lock has dropped and it is safe to remove the lid, according to the owners manual
  • Carefully remove the jars using a jar lifter and place them on a towel to cool undisturbed for 12 hours
  • Check the seals after the jars have cooled. Any jars that did not seal properly should be refrigerated and used promptly
  • Label and store your sealed jars in a cool, dark place
Canned Peaches in Ball Mason Jars | Gathered In The Kitchen

By following these steps, you can safely and efficiently can your favorite foods using an induction cooktop.

To sum everything up…

My favorite features about this Presto induction pressure canner are:

  • induction compatible (works on gas, electric, smoothtop and induction)
  • extra-large 23 quart canner
  • doubles as a water bath canner
  • easy to use
Presto Induction Pressure Canner | Gathered In The Kitchen

Check out my recipe for Water Bath Canning Blueberry Conserve to learn how to use this Presto pressure canner as a water bath canner!

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