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How to Can Water for Emergencies

This is a summary of how to can water for emergencies
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to can water, canning water
Servings: 12
Calories: 1kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes


  • 1 Large Stock Pot
  • canning jars
  • Canning Lids
  • Canning Screw Bands
  • Stove


  • Water


  • 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"


  • Use Clean water from your usual water source. 
  • There's no need to can water that is already bottled and sealed by an outside source. 
  • Keep your sealed water for up to a year. 
  • Use the water for plants, animals, making tea, etc.  When you use it up, just make some more. 
  • Conversely, you can can jars of water while you are canning other things. If you have a blank spot in your canner, simply add a jar of water. 
  • Fill up empty spots in your canning cabinet with jars of water, this helps hold their place and keeps the jars clean until next use. 
  • You can can jars of water with either a water bath or a pressure can at any time frame you are using for other items.


Calories: 1kcal