How To Sterilize Glass Jars / Bottles

I do not go in for the whole rigmarole of the canning process. I have been using this method to sterilize glass with great success for over 20 years, and reckon it works!

"ClemenGold, Lime And Ginger Marmalade"

ClemenGold, Lime And Ginger Marmalade

fill your clean glass jars / bottles with boiling water and empty

then place in the microwave on full power until dry

put the lids into boiling water and use straight from there to seal your jars / bottles

"sterilize a glass jar"

sterilize a glass jar

Tandy

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About Tandy

I am passionate about regional, sustainable and seasonal produce. I live in Gordons Bay in a cottage with my husband, our three dogs, a tortoise and a fish. We are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place to experience the food of the area.

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  1. Hi, I am from India. New to your blog. Awesome post. Easy way to sterlize glass bottles. :-D

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  2. Hi, i want to sterilise spice jars to keep spices in. Is this method good for spices?

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  8. Wow, love your method! How easy. On my trip I have gathered several family pickling and canning recipes, I’d love to make. The whole boiling sterilizing etc.always seems like such a hassle that I don’t always get to canning. With your method, I think I will now do some canning..

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      • A little word of caution… Even though you are sterilising the jars I have read it would be unwise to use pickle jars for jam (so never do it) – jam jars for pickles would be fine. I usually recycle jars that have had something very potent in them: spicy chutneys, spicy cook in sauces for example – better safe than sorry. However, if as I do, you make your own Indian style lime pickle the jars would of course be fine. (I have a great recipe for this on my site!)
        h/e

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      • After I posted my message I realised that perhaps I ought to have said that the problem is that the lids can be tainted which can impair the flavour. Well washed and sterlised glass would of course be fine. Just to clear up any confusion …!
        h/e

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      • Hi HE! I usually save the lids from my honey jars to use for the pickles – and I make sure I wash all the jars and the lids in the dishwasher first. Thanks for the tips :)

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    • Thanks! I’ll bottle my tomato sauce next time tomatoes come in cheap here in Thailand. Thais are not big on tomato sauce and what I could get are imported ones from Italy which are really expensive.

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  9. This is also my method and I find it works very well. I don’t usually dry the jars in the microwave though…
    I also turn the jars upside down when filled and lidded – if it is tomato ketchup I turn the bottle upside down in a suitable container – inverting again when cool.
    hopeeternal
    ‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

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  10. My mother used to put the jars and lids in a bowl and cover them with boiling water, until she needed them…works for me too! Thanks for the microwave tip.

    Your site has had a makeover – looks great :)

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    • thanks so much for that tip! I may try that next time :) Thanks about the site comment. I have a few more tweaks to do still xxx

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  11. I usually just boil them in the microwave with a little bit of water in them – never thought of doing it your way – great tip, will do that next time around.
    Have a super Sunday.
    :-) Mandy

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