Can I put a half-full jar in a boiling water canner?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by ky chicks, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. ky chicks

    ky chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Today is my first attempt at canning anything. Someone gave my husband a sack full of pears, so I thought I'd try pear preserves. I only had enough for about 1 full jar and just over 1/2 jar. Can I process a jar that isn't full in a boiling water canner? Everything I read says to leave 1/4 inch head space, but nothing about having any more space than that. Thanks in advance for the advice!
     
  2. peeplessinNC

    peeplessinNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it is a good idea to try to preserve a half jar. Just put a lid on that jar and keep it in the refrigerator to eat up in the next couple of weeks. No need to water bath a partial jar that you plan to keep in the fridge.
     

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