Canning supply vendors
Overall, Canadians are as well-supplied as Americans are for canning supplies, and at similar costs. For the past several decades, the leading vendor by sales volume in Canada of basic supplies, such as jars and lids, has been Canadian Tire.
The following list is in alphabetical order and does not constitute an endorsement of any of these, though we will remove links for suppliers reported to consistently have problematic customer service.
- The Cannery
- Canadian Tire
- Gourmet Warehouse
- Healthy Kitchens
- Home Hardware
- Lee Valley
- Michael’s (Ball Jars in Canada plus associated craft items for mason jars)
- Raw Nutrition
- Templetons (for canning in tin cans)
- Uline.ca (Ball Jars in Canada)
- Urban Homesteading
- Well Scan
We are unable to recommend purchasing canning supplies from Golda’s Kitchen.
Clearjel in Canada
Finding Clearjel in Canada, and at a fair price, is as much a challenge in Canada as it is in the States. If you hear of additional places, please let us know.
Sharyn’s Pantry in Cornwall, Ontario. They sell both instant and regular, inexpensively, under the generic names of “Modified Corn Starch”
Barb’s (Bosch) Kitchen Centre. Edmonton, Alberta. See site for hours and directions. Site says “mail and bus orders are welcome.”
Gourmet Warehouse. 1340 East Hastings, Vancouver. Open 7 days a week 10-6. 4.99 for a 350 g bag. Labelled “Cooking Clear Jel”
Pomona’s Pectin in Canada
Gourmet Warehouse (Vancouver)
If you are buying a pressure canner from Amazon, you can almost always find one with free shipping if you catch it at the right time as the offers do change. Typically for the free shipping and best price, you want one sold directly by amazon.ca. The prices vary wildly on Amazon, so don’t over-pay.
We’ve provided detailed information about Presto Canners to help you research any purchase.
Home Hardware also sells Presto Pressure Canners and replacement parts including:
- Presto 23 quart canner
- Replacement gasket ring for Presto 16 and 23 quart
- Replacement pressure gauges
Home Hardware does NOT appear to stock the 3-part weight, or extra stacking trays
Canadian Tire stores often stock the Mirro 16 quart in store, even if it does not appear on the web site. The Mirro sadly is not certified for smooth top stoves, while the Presto is — if that’s a concern for you.
Canadian Recipe Sources
Hipster canning sites and books, no matter how “hip”, “organic”, “connected to the soil”, or feted by the Canadian publication marketing machine, are not considered validated, reputable sources of safe, tested home canning recipes.
The provincial Ministry of Health in Ontario, Canada says to follow either the National Centre for Home Food Preservation or Ball:
Bernardin (meets or exceeds USDA standards)
Canadian Living (recipes are lab-tested for safety by Bernardin)
Click through for a dedicated page on safe Canadian learning resources for canning.
See also: Home canning resources in French.