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How to Sterilize Canning Jars in Microwave
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How Sterilize Canning Jars in Microwave

I am going to show a real quick and easy way to sterilize canning jars using the microwave. Not much prep or equipment is needed using this technique; instead of the usual sterilization use a pressure cooker, oven or boiling method.
Prep Time1 min
Active Time1 min
Total Time2 mins
Cost: 0.10


  • microwave


  • 4 piece glass canning jar


  • Wash and clean all jars thoroughly before sterilization, as clean as you can get
    Wash and Clean Jars
  • Pop glass jars into the microwave while keeping them wet (DO NOT dry the jars). Cook on max power for 60 seconds.
    Microwave on Max for 60 Seconds
  • Remove hot jars carefully and place them on a clean towel to dry.
    Remove and allow to dry
  • The lids need to be sterilized too, no point sterilize the jars and not the lids. Pops all lids into boiling water for 10 minutes, you have to shake out excess water then leave it to dry on a clean cloth. Make sure all lids are fully submerged and upside down.
    Sterilize Lids



Let all jars and lids dry on a clean kitchen towel or cloth, and they are ready to be filled with homemade jam, pickles or foods. A clean and sterilized jar is important to maintain freshness, lengthen the food’s shelf life and make sure nobody gets sick by eating contaminated foods.