Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner Review

Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner

Over the last several years the Ball Canning folks have brought a handful of canning appliances to market. The first was the FreshTECH Jam and Jelly Maker in the summer of 2012. The FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System was the thing during the 2014 canning season. And now, we have the Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner and Multi-Cooker. The folks at Ball Canning sent me one recently and I’m here today with an Electric Water Bath Canner review for you!

Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner dial close-up

This electric canner is exactly what I know a number of you have been hoping for. It’s a giant pot that has an independent element so that you can move your processing pot off your stove top and over to the counter.

It holds 8 quarts, nine pints, or a dozen regular mouth half pints (that means that if you stack them, you can process 24 quarter pint jars at once). It’s particularly great if your stove is slow to boil water or if you’ve been warned off canning on a glass top cooktop. It works like any other boiling water bath canner, so if you live at higher altitudes, you will still need to adjust your processing time upwards.

Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner maximum fill line

It has a spout on the left side of the canner, so if your kitchen is arranged in a way where you can set the canner to the right of your stove, you can drain the water directly into the sink. The canner comes with a steaming rack as well as a canning rack, so that you can use it for all your high capacity steaming needs (I could see it being perfect for tamale parties).

It can also be used as a portable cooker, so can work for large amounts of soup, chili, or even something like mulled cider. Nice if you help with community potlucks or church suppers.

Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner spigot.

I’ve now run a number batches of jars through the canner and I am really happy with it. It’s not going to become my primary boiling water bath because I make a lot of small batches and it doesn’t make sense to heat up this much water for two or three pints, but for larger batches, it’s a boon.

It’s also incredibly useful during tomato season and I’ve started bringing it with me to my classes and workshops where I know we’re making multiple batches and so we’ll need more canner space.

Jars in a Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner.

This canner does cost $149.99, which is a pretty penny if you already have a canning set-up you like. If you like the idea of moving your canning pot off your stove top but can’t swing that price point, there is a more affordable way to create something similar.

Get yourself an induction capable stock pot (a classic speckled canner with a flat bottom will work) and the induction burner I have (it’s just $60) and you have a canner you can run anywhere (I highly recommend outdoor canning on really hot days).

Ball logo on the FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner.

Thanks to the kind folks at Ball Canning, I have one of these gleaming FreshTECH Electric Canners to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your canning set-up. Are you using your grandmother’s canning pot? Do you use a stock pot with a silicone trivet? Maybe you’re in the market for a new rig. Inquiring minds want to know!
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: The folks at Ball Canning sent me a FreshTECH Electric Canner for review and photography purposes at no cost to me. They are also providing the giveaway unit. No additional compensation was provided for this post and all opinions expressed are my own. 

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1,557 Responses to Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner Review

  1. 1501
    Kelly says:

    I currently have a super large stock pot/water canner. It is really hard to use, and it would be awesome to have a new one. I have only been canning for about 3 years, and I LOVE it.

  2. 1502
    Jody Amos says:

    I am a novice canner, hope to do more this year. I have an enamel canner and I am hoping to do a lot more this year!

  3. 1503
    Stephanie Walter says:

    using the old blue water bath like the kind my grandmother used to use in her canning days. I didn’t get her’s, I had ordered this one many year’s ago. its a small one. I am a beginner one and have yet to get a pressure canner that I would love to get someday. the canned foods you get from the store have so many additives that its best to start canning your own food so you know what really is in the foods you eat. This would be a neat treasure and I am SURE that whoever the winner is will so enjoy it.

  4. 1504
    Nancy Guyotte says:

    Honestly I have never canned, but would love to start, mostly so I willknow what is in my food. This sure would make it easier!

  5. 1505
    Brenda says:

    I can see that I could definitely use thisite for canning outside in the south.

  6. 1506
    Stacie Silk says:

    I use a hot water bath pot or a huge pressure cooker depending on what I am canning.

  7. 1507
    j. Jimenez says:

    I need a canner to preserve my foodstuff. My mom canned all the time with what she called a cold packer.

  8. 1508
    j. Jimenez says:

    I need a canner to preserve my foodstuff. My mom canned all the time with what she called a cold packer. This would give me a good starting point.

  9. 1509
    Irene Duda says:

    I have been canning for over 40 yrs and everything I have is old school..I would love to move into the modern age

    Thank You…

  10. 1510
    tammy henard says:

    I have a water bath canner that was given to me my by mother-in-law.

  11. 1511
    Eileen says:

    My canning setup stinks! I have a glass top electric stove, and after verifying that it is rated for canning, I bought a cheapo flat-bottom stock pot that fits the criteria for safe canning according to my cooktop (i.e. few and far between in my price range). So it takes forever to heat to boiling and only holds about 5 pints or 3 quarts. But, at least it gets the job done, however slowly. I might try a heavy-duty camp stove for an outdoor set up if I ever get a pressure canner one of these days, as my cooktop also has a weight/pot size limit, sigh. This electric canner is quite nifty and way cheaper than a new gas stove!

  12. 1512
    Phyllis Sugg Croom says:

    I am using an old fashioned blue speckled water bath canner with a stainless steel trivet in the bottom. Due to a bi-lateral mastectom, I am now limited to how much weight that I can lift. This new electric water bath canner would be perfect. I can use it and drain it at the edge of the sink without having to move it.

    Love your blog that my husband found for me. Great recipes, tools and tips. Very unique and useful. I can see why you have so many people reading your blog. Love it!

  13. 1513
    Jacquelyn Mmbach says:

    I started canning last summer. I did dill pickles and hot peppers. I used a big old pot that I have to d the hot water bath. This year I would like to include canning tomatoes and salsa. I will need a better setup for this. I would love to win this electric canner!

  14. 1514
    Vanessa L. says:

    I used to use a pressure canner but am looking for a new set up. The last time I used my heavy duty pressure canner, an electric surge randomly went thru my electric stovetop, arched through the pot and burned a half inch hole thru the pot (allowing an entire canner’s worth of boiling water to drain all. over. the. place)! Stove needed replacing, next the canner!

  15. 1515
    angela avila says:

    I don’t have one but want to start canning like my mom.

  16. 1516
    Heather Chase says:

    I use my pressure canner mostly, but I’ve been leaving that at my mom’s house because she wants to get back into canning! Half of the burners on my stove aren’t working right now…so canning is a bit difficult for me…I’m going through withdrawals!!!

  17. 1517
    Pamela Tinkle says:

    I have gone through 2 speckled pots. The one I have now, the insert for the jars has rusted and I know one of these days I will have to replace it. This is the first I have read about the new electric water bath canner. I know it would be a positive for me, but not within my budget at this time. I do have my mom’s steam canner and one I purchased many moons ago. I can LOTS of pickles and this new canner would definitely help me. Good luck to all!

  18. 1518
    nicole r says:

    I am new to the world of canning, my sister found me a big blue speckled water bath pot at good will in Florida. I brought it home to NY and so far I’ve attempted Bluberry jam. I can’t wait to try other recipes like peaches, pickles and salsa. This new Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner and Multi-Cooker would help out so much and make my canning so much fun. Thank you for the chance to enter.

  19. 1519
    Laura Denman says:

    I am using an old canner pot I got at a garage sale, unless I can borrow my moms old canner! Which actually works better. Each year I try to can a little more, each year it’s harder and more time consuming. After checking this system out, I am very impressed and would love an opportunity to have one.

  20. 1520
    Denise Curran says:

    I have only started canning a few years ago. I have canned salsa and tomato sauce. I would love to branch out and try different things, but can’t afford new equipment. I use an old enameled pot. This looks so cool!

  21. 1521
    Barbara Matheson says:

    I have my mother’s canner. She may have gotten it from my grandmother. We bought an extra water bath canner at a garage sale so we have a backup. I grew up watching my grandmother can jams and jellies. We used to go out to the crab apple tree and would try to get as many as we could and she would make the best crab apple jelly.

  22. 1522
    Ruby Stallings says:

    i have always used a 7 qt water bath canner,for 30+ years.Would love this new one

  23. 1523
    Robyn Correa says:

    I have been using a canner that I purchased used at a garage sale. It’s looking pretty rough at this point, but I’m thankful for the service it has given my family. This canner looks like it works amazing. I would love to own one. Thanks for a chance.

  24. 1524

    What a wonderful invention!!! I didn’t know there was anything like it on the market. Would love to have one to make canning easier.

  25. 1525
    Sarah S says:

    Amazing! I’m just using an old fashioned pot + a cake cooking rack at the moment!

  26. 1526
    Paula says:

    I recently moved into a home with a glass stove top so I have had to move my canning to a large burner that I plug in on the counter. I think I will move it outside this summer. My only problem is pressure canning. I cannot get the pressure canner up to the proper temperature with my set up.

  27. 1527
    SHIRLEY WEAVER says:

    I have (2) Blue speckled canners that I use now. This electric canner would be great to have and get my canning done alittle quicker. Thanks and God Bless 🙂

  28. 1528
    Peter says:

    I’ve only been canning for two years and most of my equipment is from flea markets. I was hesitant to spend much as I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy or not enjoy canning. Well, I’m hooked and it’s time to get a bit high tech.

  29. 1529
    Michelle says:

    I am just starting out and collecting supplies. This would be a great addition! We are preparing for a move to Tennessee on a homestead where canning will be crucial. Thank you for this great opportunity!

  30. 1530
    Jason Nims says:

    I still use the traditional speckled enamel pot n wire rack for water bath canning. Would love to upgrade to a newer more efficient set up and branch out from simple canning to processing fresh to canned in summer /fall to get thru to the next summer. I need to have more capacity n versatility than i currently have available. This sounds like it fits the bill perfectly,and would allow access to better cheaper produce during more expensive out of season months for a family struggling with the food bill. would love to put this wonderful product to the test. Thank you for the opportunity.

  31. 1531
    Cathy Osmundson says:

    I learned to can with my Mom when I was a teen on a dairy farm in southern MN. I have been canning on my own since my 20’s (now 57!) and I use old genuine Gramma pots. My boiling water bath is a HUGE blue canner that I place on a burner that is used for cooking turkeys in oil. It gets the water hot quickly and doesn’t take long to do big batches~ :))

  32. 1532
    chris says:

    I`m new to canning, have a Presto Pressure Cooker Canner, not too sure of accuracy of canner. Am very nervous of it blowing up. Would love to win the Ball Electric canner so that I can have non GMO veggies from my organic garden all year long. Thanks for the chance.

  33. 1533
    Annette says:

    I inherited my mother’s pot which is older than me.

  34. 1534
    BrIgitta says:

    I’m in my second year of canning grape jelly from the Concord grapes in my yard. In the market for a real canning set up(no pun intended)this would be great!

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    Bryan says:

    I’m looking for a new and innovative method to use since I currently have a glass top cook range which limits my jar processing ability. This would be the perfect solution!

  36. 1536
    Julie Giles says:

    brilliant, I have an old blue canner Ive been totin around for years, and although its been a great piece of cookware I cant tell you how wonderful this would be for my ole’ hot flashin self this summer!

  37. 1537
    Debby LaFollette says:

    I don’t use my grandmother’s pot; I use her sister’s which
    I inherited. I love canning fresh foods each summer.

  38. 1538
    Cheryl says:

    I just bought my Presto canner 4 years ago and have only used it twice. It’s kind of confusing and scary! I wish I had someone to help me!

  39. 1539
    louise dest says:

    I have been canning for years. Have an old water bath canner I bought at a thrift shop. I also have my mothers pressure canner. Love trying new things and an electric canner is something I have wanted. Thanks for the opportunity to have a chance and winning.

  40. 1540
    Sue K. says:

    Lent my pressure cooker to someone 2 years ago and haven’t seen it since. I’m currently using a chipped blue speckled pot found at a yard sale. I didn’t even know they made this product till tonight. I’ll be asking Santa for this in December. WooHoo.

  41. 1541
    Charles Von Deck says:

    I still can the ‘old fashioned’ way. This looks like a lot less heat in August!

  42. 1542
    Amanda k. says:

    i actually do not yet have a setup and I am looking for the right one. Thank you!

  43. 1543
    Teresa says:

    I have been collecting canning supplies via second hand/garage sale style. As well as inherited canning must haves from my grandmother. There are some things that are always better, old school. I am almost ready for the coming years canning season. I am always looking for ways to can in bigger batches – faster.
    thank you in advance

  44. 1544
    sharon says:

    We use a large stainless pot with a old rack from a dumpling steamed on the bottom

  45. 1545
    angeline mcallister says:

    I don’t see my comment so please don’t count as double lol but I do cold canning now have only canned with friends w steam / boil but want this bad as I am buying the land next to my house just to garden thank you.

  46. 1546
    Shannon Grady says:

    I have a blue porc boiler canner…I use it for all my boiler canning needs…I have also used it to blanch my vegies before freezing..(double duty)……also have used it to make REALLY big batches of stew, goulash or sauce for large family gatherings..(triple duty).

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