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Canning Jar Lifters

Canning jar lifters are essential for home canning. To find the very best one, we tested four nationally available models, priced from about $6.00 to about $11, lifting filled cup, pint, and quart jars into and out of a boiling water bath.

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Canning jar lifters are essential for home canning—their curved grabbing arms are specifically designed to get a firm hold on a glass jar’s cylindrical shape. (Kitchen tongs don’t open wide enough or have the right contours to do the job.) To find the very best one—a lifter that was comfortable, secure, and strong—we tested four nationally available models, all priced about $12.00 o...

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