Cooktop Cove: Here's how to can water properly in emergencies
By Annie Walton Doyle
In times of emergency, one of the most important things you need is clean, drinkable water. Without it, you seriously jeopardize your chances of survival. Many natural disasters can result in a loss of power and disrupted plumbing, so if you live in an area prone to such events, it's well worth knowing you have access to safe, clean water for your own peace of mind.
While bottled water does provide one solution, you can also can water in advance to help preserve larger quantities for your time of need. Canned water also has an even longer shelf life than bottled varieties. Knowing how to can water at home for future emergencies can truly be a lifesaver.
- 1/2 gallon glass jars
- Filtered water
- Water bath
1. Thoroughly clean your glass jars before beginning the process.
2. Fill your jars with filtered water.
3. Place your jars upside down in your water bath.
4. Wait for 5 minutes for the glass jars to fully seal.
5. You can store these jars of water for up to a year.
Additional tips
- The CDC recommends you store "a gallon of water per person per day for 3 days for drinking and sanitation."
- You may want to store extra water for sick, pregnant, or otherwise vulnerable members of your household.
- Store water out of direct sunlight.
- Make sure to label your stored water, including adding the date you canned it, for maximum safety.
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