sterilising jam jars - whats the easiest way?

I've just made some lovely tomato sauce I'm very chuffed with from my tomato glut.

Whats the easiest way of sterilizing jars and the lids? Putting them in the oven? If so, how long for? Microwave? Dishwasher?

Thanks :)
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  • PunkyPunky Forumite
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    Dishwasher - taking them out when still hot

    Or 10 mins in oven gas mark 3
    Punky x
  • fredafreda Forumite
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    Or 10 mins in oven gas mark 3

    Thank you, punky. Whats that in Centigrade?
  • twinktwink Forumite
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    gas 3 is 160oc
  • thriftmonsterthriftmonster Forumite
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    I put them in damp into an oven at any temp from 100C to 160C. They're ready IMO when any droplets of water still in them absolutely sizzle and dry on contact with the sides of the jar - so the jar is dry. Can take from 5-15 mins
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  • I don't bother sterilising the lids ;)
  • JolaaledJolaaled Forumite
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    I put them in the microwave till they're really hot.

    Seems cheaper than using the oven ( and i aint got a dishwasher, apart from my hands!).

    If you use the micro, don't forget to get rid of any labels..specially if they've got metallic bits in them.
  • thriftmonsterthriftmonster Forumite
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    thriftlady wrote:
    I don't bother sterilising the lids ;)

    Me neither - I just wash them and dry them
    “the princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. she never needed those wings.”
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  • chalky_75chalky_75 Forumite
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    I find the oven best -- get some mould spores when I was lazy and jsu washed them so better safe than sorry
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  • Penelope_PenguinPenelope_Penguin Forumite
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    I wash mine in hot soapy water, rinse, and dry in a low oven.

    Older thread there - sterilise jam jars.

    Penny. x
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  • LilacPixieLilacPixie Forumite
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    Sorry ladies and Gents I am a total OS novice.and needing some help. I live in Scotland, right in the heart of berry country and I have manages to inherit around 5lb of strawberries, 2lb rasberrys 2lb goosberrys and around 2lb of brambles/blackberrys. Its a huge long story about my dad helping to fabricate a part for some old machine and he refused money so they gave him soft fruit instead and alot of Veg. My first thought was jam jam and more jam but I have never made it before.

    My gran was a keen jam/chutny maker and when she died I kept all her kitchen equipment because I feel the 40's/50's/60's is alot better quality than we can buy now so I have a big jam pot and around 20 kilner jars you know the ones with th hinged lids and rubber seal. I have washed them all in hot soapy water then again in just hot water to ensure no trace of soap. the recepie I have says the jars should be sterile, so how do I sterilise them?? Can I run them thru the steam steriliser like baby bottles?? I don't have a dishwasher so i can't use that.
    MF aim 10th December 2020 :j:eek:
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