Learning how to sterilise your jars and lids is really simple and requires little effort, except for a pot of boiling water and an oven.

Like all food, especially those packaged in jars where we expect them to sit on the shelf for a little while, we need to be careful with how we cook and package.

I used to be a little more relaxed when it comes to recommending sterilising jars and lids (for certain products) but lately, I’m recommending this more and more and finding that beginning with really clean jars/lids/utensils rules out an avenue of exposure to bacteria up front – meaning what we’re cooking/packaging can last longer.

Traditionally there are some instances where sterilising your jars/lids isn’t recommended BUT if you’re using recycled jars over and over again, I still recommend sterilising to ensure what you are making lasts as long as possible.

How to sterilise your jars and lids


  1. Wash really well in soapy hot water and rinse to remove suds.

  2. Place in an oven tray in a cold oven and bring to 110 degrees C.

  3. Once oven is at temperature, leave in the oven for 10 minutes before removing.


  1. Wash really well in soapy hot water and rinse to remove suds.

  2. Place in a pot with water and bring to boil.

  3. Boil lids for 10 minutes.

  4. Remove with clean tongs and place on a clean tea towel to air dry.
    To speed this process up, I place them in the oven with the jars, so the lids dry faster.

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