Fill your stainless steel cooking vessel with water and heat on the stove top on high until boiling. Boil for at least 5 minutes. This is the water you put into jars.
There are three different ways to heat your canning jars. 1. in the oven at 175 or 2. wash in the dishwasher just prior to your canning project and use the jars while they are still hot. 3. You can also heat your jars by submersing them in the water your are starting to boil in the large stock pot.
Have your lids and rings ready - do not need to preheat
When water has been boiling for 5 minutes and your jars are preheated, dip the water into the jars with a pyrex measuring cup or with a ladle and fill the jars to within 1/2 inch of the rim.
Screw the lids/bands down onto the hot jar (be careful not to burn yourself) until finger tip tight.
Turn the jars upside down immediately and place in an out of way place. Do not set directly onto a hard surface, put a kitchen towel down first. Allow the jars to stay upside down until cool. Jars will seal while upside down. When turning right side up, check to make sure the lid sealed by pressing the center of the cap - if it doesn't pop in and out, it is sealed. If it didn't seal, empty contents and use jar again for the next batch.
When cooled, mark the lid with the date and "water"