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Water-Bath Canning Chart With Altitudes and Times

By: Everett S
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Water-Bath Canning Chart

This canning chart shows processing times for for high-acid foods, which can be canned using the water bath method.
The processing times below are for canning at sea level. For processing times listed as less than 20-minutes, add 1 minute per 1000 ft. in elevation. For processing times listed as 20-minutes or more, add 2 minutes per 1000 ft. in elevation.
When canning multiple types of food, always use processing times for the food with the longest time. And use pressure canner if one or more of the foods calls for it.
For more foods and canning guidelines see Ball Blue Book of Canning.

For low-acid foods see our pressure canning chart.

Food
Pack Method Process Time
Pint Jars Quart Jars
Apples Hot 20 min. 20 min.
Apricots Raw
Hot
25 min.

20 min.

30 min.

25 min.

Blackberries Raw
Hot
15 min.

15 min.

20 min.

15 min.

Blueberries Raw
Hot
15 min.

15 min.

20 min.

15 min.

Cranberries Hot 15 min. 15 min.
Cherries Raw
Hot
25 min.

15 min.

30 min.

20 min.

Cucumbers (pickled in vinegar) Raw 10 min. 15 min.
Grapefruit Raw 10 min. 10 min.
Grapes Raw
Hot
15 min.

10 min.

20 min.

10 min.

Nectarines Raw
Hot
25 min.

20 min.

30 min.

25 min.

Oranges Raw 10 min. 10 min.
Peaches Raw
Hot
25 min.

20 min.

30 min.

25 min.

Pears Raw
Hot
25 min.

20 min.

30 min.

25 min.

Plums Raw
Hot
20 min.

25 min.

20 min.

25 min.

Raspberries Raw
Hot
15 min.

15 min.

20 min.

15 min.

Rhubarb Hot 15 min. 15 min.
Pineapple Hot 15 min. 20 min.
Tomatoes – Juice (acid added) Hot 35 min. 40 min.
Tomatoes – Whole or halved, No Liquid Added (acid added) Raw 85 min. 85 min.
Tomatoes – Quartered, No Liquid Added (acid added) Hot 35 min. 45 min.
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  1. [...] For high acid foods see our water bath canning chart. [...]

  2. Dale Gaylor says:

    Need instructions and time to water bath spagetti meat sauce.

  3. Thank You for the information, I will be visiting your site more often.

  4. Sean McAdam says:

    I have spiced up some store bought pickels, but want to be able to re-seal them in Ball canning jars. Do you have any recommendations? I want to use the hot bath method, how long processing time would be required? Thanks for any info you can provide.
    Sean

  5. lcskaggs says:

    i need instruction on the low water steamer not the one you fill to cover the bottles. need the time for blueberry juice

  6. alyse T says:

    How long do you process cooked strawberry jam in a hot water bath to seal the jars?

  7. Linda Ridgway says:

    I know my mother and grandmother canned green beans by water bath but every thing I see on the computer says no. How can I do this safely? Thank You Linda

  8. james says:

    need the time for hot water bath canning of potatoes. any help appreciated. thanks

  9. Iva says:

    Need times for hot water bath canning of homemade spaghetti sauce. Thanks for a useful chart!

  10. chris says:

    need time for hot water bath for spaghetti sauce.

  11. DiAne says:

    what if I want to can a big batch of soup, stew, beans or bouillons??? How long do I have to boil the jars???

  12. Kathy says:

    How long do I process Salsa using a hot water bath?
    Thanks for your time.

  13. Kasey says:

    I’d really like to can winter squash and summer squash, but I don’t know how long to process in a water bath. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated!!!
    Kasey

  14. I would can something like squash (low acid food) in a pressure caner.

  15. dave r says:

    trying to find out what the process time is for hot water bath for green beans either in pints or quarts also i think it is 1 teaspoon of salt for quarts also this would be for raw beans amd do you fill the jars with hot water or cold i think it is hot and the process tome is 25 min.for quarts with 1 inch head space thank you

  16. Gary Egbert says:

    Where can I find free waterbath time chart for veges(carrouts potatoes onions greenbeans ) just vegs.

  17. gardengal says:

    It is extremely dangerous to water-bath can anything containing meat. There are no known safe processing times for water-bath canning any spaghetti sauces that contain anything except tomatoes only. I encourage everyone to go to the website of the National Center for Home Food Preservation:

    http://nchfp.uga.edu/

    for accurate information. By the way, here is a recipe for spaghetti sauce WITH meat:

    http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_03/spaghetti_sauce_meat.html

    You must use a pressure canner. There is no other SAFE way.

  18. gardengal says:

    Gary Egbert there are free charts at the National Center for Home Food Preservation for canning vegetables, but NOT with a Boiling Water Bath Canner. No such chart exists. It is unsafe to can veggies with a Boiling Water Bath Canner. Don’t do it. Period. You must use a pressure canner. You can get a Pressure canner at Walmart or Target (16 Quart, PRESTO brand) for about $70.00. Wisest investment you will ever make.

  19. gardengal says:

    Dave R., there is no processing time for water bath canning green beans. Here is the proper method.

    http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/beans_snap_italian.html

    In the olden days, before science determined how to safely can veggies, processing times for something like green beans was actually 7 to 8 HOURS. That meant that someone had to keep continuously boiling water over the canned goods for a whole day, sunup to sundown. And even after that safety was questionable. Just do yourself a favor and get a PRESSURE CANNER. Don’t risk poisoning your family.

  20. ginny says:

    how long to cook beef cold water bath?

  21. Steve says:

    How many minutes needed in a water bath for processing hard boiled eggs in qts? The guidance I have received, states until 180° has been reached, but no time.

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