With thousands of people turning to home gardening for cost savings and healthy food choices, home canning is becoming popular again. Canning was once something our Grandparents relied on to have healthy food stocked up for the winter months. Bernardin Canning has always been a household name brand, I remember the company from my childhood.
I used to spend most of the month of August canning with my Grandparents, and the name Bernardin was the name that instantly came to mind when I went searching for my own home canning supplies. And it’s no wonder, Bernardin has been in the business of home canning for 100 years!
Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit
The Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit is a great option for a beginner, as the kit contains everything you’ll need to get started.
What’s Inside The Kit
- Water Bath Canner
- Canning Rack
- Jar Lifter
- Bubble Remover/ Head Space Gauger
- 4 Mason Jars With Lids
- Instructional DVD and Booklet
The instructional DVD and Booklet contain recipes for popular jams, jellies and other preserves.
Pricing On Home Canning Starter Kits
I chose two of the top name brands in Home Canning Kits and price compared them both in stores and online, the prices varied a little bit by a few dollars depending on where I looked.
Bernardins Home Canning Kit was the best deal I found while shopping both online and in stores, it had all the essentials you would need in order to go home and start canning right away.
Granit Ware Also had some essentials, however it was lacking in the fact that I could not go home and can right away. It did not have the jars, or the pectin, nor did it have an instructional DVD. A few of the little extras it did contain could be purchased at your local dollar store.
Bernardins Home Canning Kit Amazon Price – $85 Canadian
Granit Ware’s Home Canning Kit Amazon Price – $114 Canadian
Bernardin For The Win
In my opinion, the price was beyond reasonable for what is contained in the kit, I looked at the individual kit pieces to tally up what buying everything separately would cost me. It would have been well over $100 as the water bath canner itself sells for $50 or more, the jars lifters are about $10 – $20 each, the rack sold separately was $15, mason jars can run anywhere from $5 to $18 and pectin costs about $5 in grocery stores. Purchasing an instructional booklet or a recipe book would have been optional of course, but I always purchase books on every subject I am learning. So I factored in what a book would roughly cost, and decided that I’d likely spend $20 or more on a recipe book.
Granit Ware is a great company and their products are wonderful, however it fell to the bottom of the barrel for me in terms of being able to open and use right away. It had some great features though, I can see where having two different sized Water Bath Canners would come in handy, especially if you plan to make multiple sizes jars of preserves all at once. If you are an intermediate canner, this kit would be a great upgrade or replacement for old worn down equipment.
I purchased my Bernardin Home Canning Kit and could not wait to open it up, I was going to do an unboxing video, however I was impatient and wanted to get canning ASAP! Instead, I took some pictures of what came in the kit, sorry I know… I suck.
I had already picked the tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and fiesta salsa was calling my name! Check out our post on making the salsa and using the Bernardin Home Canning Kit.
The jar lifter, funnel, head space gauge, and magnetic lid lifter came in the green box.
I was a little bit disappointed to open the box and find it full of packing peanuts, that was a bit of a downfall for an eco-friendly mom to find. I am sure I can re use them to store jars that have no been used safely rather than toss them in the trash, it would have been nice to have something a little more eco-friendly for packaging the kit though.
I used the kit immediately and every piece of equipment performed well, I did not use the DVD however as I do not own a DVD player. Hello Netflix!
I loved the look and feel of every piece of equipment provided, the water bath canner heated up evenly and quickly, I did not have uneven hot spots. The jars were beautiful and eye pleasing, so if I wanted to give my salsa as a gift I could do so easily without worry of presentation.
The booklet was a great resource for figuring out the basics of canning, I would recommend this kit to anyone who is new or anyone looking for a great price on canning supplies.
I hope you found this review helpful, if you have any questions please feel free to ask me in the comments.
We would love to hear your canning stories, or suggestions for future product reviews. Get out there and get canning with your Bernardin Home Canning Kit! Fall is fast approaching!