Friday, May 3, 2013

Ask Granny... Can you stack home canned foods?

Q. Can you stack home canned foods for storage?

A. Yes, but you need to do it safely...

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Jars should never be stacked just one on top of the other, this can cause seal breakage.

They can be stacked as long as there is something like cardboard or thin plywood between the stacks. Like this...

Photo from Wikipedia
... or 

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Simply put the jars back into the jar boxes after filling them and it's safe to stack the jars... but I wouldn't stack them too high, not over 2 or 3.


Found this handy dandy tote at

They do sell jar storage boxes like the one picture above for extra safety. In my opinion, they're a little pricey, but if you live in an earthquake zone, it might be worth the investment.


  1. Thanks!! I never knew that. I will not stack them anymore.


      Ball company says you can stack their jars with no concerns.

  2. I've always stacked due to space issues I guess I better rethink that and come up with a new system!! Thanks!

  3. So as long as I put cardboard or plywood between them it should be ok?

    1. Yes, if you have cardboard or something between the stacks, they're fine. ~~Granny

    2. Wow...thanks for this information and your site! I have been canning a long time and never heard about not stacking until tonight on another site but then read your answers and, good news, I am doing it right. My pantry is set up to take two stacked boxes of pints between shelves. Since I can a years' supply of dogfood and human food, there is not enough room to just put singles. Thanks for taking the time to do this! Alaska

  4. I was taught to remove the rings and always store my jars in a single layer. The reasoning is that if a lid pops the pressure of the ring or a jar stacked on it could reseal the lid without my knowing the lid had ever been open.

    1. Ok, then if the reason is that a person may not know that a jar lid had ever been open, then how would cardboard between the layers help a person to know that it had been? I would be more inclined to think that the reason for not stacking one jar right on top of the other would be that it could possibly unseal the bottom one and that the layer between them would more evenly distribute the weight onto the lower layer of jars.

  5. I put mine back in the box and stack them that way. I do have to write whats in them on the outside of the box or I forget.

  6. My mother and grandmother always took the rings off and put folded newspapers between the rows; Never more than 2 deep.

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  14. I am new to canning - I have removed all the rings on my sealed lids - is that OK? So far it's all pressure canned broths.

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