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 In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2009
    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 Songster

    Oct 23, 2008
    NC Piedmont
    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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