As with any good kitchen task, the more seriously you take your canning, the more paraphernalia you can acquire to ease/enhance the process. While I’m relatively low-tech and use an old aluminum pot and regular old kitchen tongs for the bulk of my hot water processing, you can get yourself a nifty pot with a removable rack to make the canning process run more smoothly.
Local Philly artist Sara Selepouchin (who is also a friend of mine) added a new diagram to her Etsy shop today (I featured her Joy of Cooking diagrams on Slashfood several weeks ago) that celebrates the homey beauty of those specialty canning tools. She’s printed this diagram onto dish towels, pot holders, notebooks and canvas tote bags (I bought one to add to my already-bursting supply of reusable grocery bags, I just couldn’t resist) and they’re all available now.
Support an independent artist and buy one for the canner in your life (even if that canner happens to be you)!