Yes, I do cover the jars for hot water bath canning. It’s essential to cover the jars with water during the canning process. Here are some things to keep in mind when covering jars for a hot water bath canning:
Ensure the jars are fully submerged, and the water covers them by 1-2 inches.
Use an additional kettle as a backup source for boiling water to top off the canner if necessary.
Make sure to increase the heat to bring the water to a boil and maintain boiling throughout the entire canning process.
It’s crucial to follow the correct steps and guidelines for hot water bath canning to ensure safe and effective preservation.
Following these tips will help you ensure a successful and safe hot water bath canning experience. It’s critical to follow best practices to prevent contamination and spoilage of your fruits, vegetables, jams, and preserves. Happy canning!