Summer 2018 Mercantile: Wheel Hoe, Water Bath Canner, Hand-Forged Tools, and More

 Make gardening a little easier with these helpful tool suggestions from our editors

Summer 2018 
By the Heirloom Gardener Editors


When summer crops start coming in, our staff likes to put up the harvest. Editor Rebecca Martin is especially impressed with the versatile Ball® 21-quart freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner + Multi-Cooker, in part because she can easily plug it into an outdoor electrical outlet and keep her kitchen comfortable and dry on hot days.

This unit is for water bath canning — preserving jams, jellies, pickles, and other high-acid foods. To set up, simply fill the basin with water, set it on top of the detachable base, plug in the base, and turn the dial to the “Canning” setting. The canner’s tempered glass lid lets you see when the water has come to a rolling boil. Eight pint jars or seven quart jars fit comfortably inside the pot.

When you’ve finished canning, you can use the exterior spigot to empty the hot water without having to hoist the entire canner. The spout also allows the canner to double as a beverage urn for dispensing hot beverages. Plus, the multipurpose pot can also be used to cook soups and stews, or to steam vegetables and seafood with the included steaming rack. The detachable base even nests inside the pot for easy storage.

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