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Ball® FreshTECH™ Automatic Home Canning System

Take the guesswork out of canning with this innovative automatic canner. Featuring SmartPRESERVE™ technology, the auto canner precisely controls the exact time and temperature required to safely preserve most canning recipes without any additional...Read More

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Take the guesswork out of canning with this innovative automatic canner. Featuring SmartPRESERVE™ technology, the auto canner precisely controls the exact time and temperature required to safely preserve most canning recipes without any additional input from the user.

Ball’s most popular canning recipes come pre-programmed for perfect results every time. To use, simply place filled jars into the auto canner, press the corresponding recipe number and wait—the auto canner signals when the jars are perfectly preserved and shelf stable. Uses up to 85% less water than traditional water-bath canning and preserves recipes up to 30% faster.

Learn more about the FreshTECH™ Automatic Home Canning System: Click here »

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  • No stovetop required—operates with any grounded wall outlet (designed to North American specifications)
  • Easy-to-read LED display panel and touchpad for recipe selection
  • Temperature, altitude and time sensors ensure perfect preservation every time
  • Seven built-in safety features encourage correct operation and help prevent mistakes
  • Preheats jars for faster canning
  • Hinged, locking lid for safe, easy access
  • Jar rack keeps jars from coming into contact with the bottom of the pot
  • Included jar lifter makes placing and removing jars a snap
  • Comes with 26 popular jam, jelly, fruit, pickle, tomato, sauce and salsa recipes, with more available online

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Ball
  • Model: 116852
  • Includes: Unit, jar rack and lifter, user manual/recipe book
  • Material: Metal, plastic, glass
  • Care: Wipe base clean. Inner pot and jar rack are dishwasher safe
  • Use: Follow all instructions carefully
  • Dimensions: 15.6" x 15.2" x 13"
  • Capacity: 3 quart jars, 4 pint jars, or 6 half-pint jars
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty
  • Made in China


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Very handy; perfect for my needs!
I debated purchasing this item for several months; I finally did and it is worth every penny! We have a medium sized home garden and my canning is typically not "receipe" centric (I like to preserve tomatoes, tomatillos and pickles primarily). This is so handy for those small, continuous harvests! You use very little water (I live in CA so this is a huge +), super easy prep/clean-up, and the best part is I can just hit a few buttons and walk away from the kitchen while this does the work.
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July 26, 2014
great for small batches/beginning canner
I have always wanted to can, even took a class but still hesitated. I saw this on a tv show and purchased it. I've only used it once for berry jam and I found it VERY easy to use. I don't have a garden and plan to only do small batches for my family, relatives and friends as gifts. My love is jams/jellies so the limited recipe book is fine for me, as it says only use those to guarantee sterilization/correct canning. I will probably try the pickles and a few other things in the book as well. BTW - The berry jam was good!
So if you are a beginner and only plan on small batches this is something to consider. I think the book said you can use the canner immediately after a batch, just dump old water bath out and refill to heat more jars for canning.
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December 6, 2014
10 months ago
This made the job of canning 2 dozen jam jars very quick & easy! Love the preheat function & being able to set the program & walk away.
Anxiously awaiting one that will do fish!
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July 9, 2015
3 months ago
Great Product
Returned to canning after several years of no time. This machine is great for a small city garden and very easy to use and clean. Highly recommend for beginners! Wish I would have bought this sooner!
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August 11, 2015
2 months ago

Questions & Answers

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Gift for a single adult with a very small garden. Small batches of 2-4 quarts at a time are all that's needed. Ease and efficiency are contributing factors also.
Louis B on Oct 5, 2015
After buying the Ball Tech Jam & Jelly Maker finding it to be easy to use, I needed something to make it easy to can what I make from it. Video showed how simple it can be so I wanted to try it. Will give it a try when it arrives
Sheila O on Sep 16, 2015
I purchased one for myself last year and simply love it! This is so much easier than the old way I have been doing for the past 40 years. The batches are smaller but that makes it more manageable. I am purchasing this second one for my daughter as a Christmas present. She keeps borrowing mine, so now she can have her own to use at her leisure.
Ann A on Sep 25, 2015
Liked the idea of not having to stand and watch over a pot of water. I only do small jars and this was perfect.
CYNTHIA C on Aug 24, 2015
can i can vegtables like beans with this machine
A shopper on Apr 29, 2014
Best Answer: You can, but for safety reasons, you can't use your own recipes or alter the ones Ball provides
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Apr 30, 2014
How long before you can start another batch of whatever?

Since the machine holds a limited amount of jars compared to traditional water canning bath method, how long before you can start another batch? For example, you're canning pickles, you do your first batch, then you want to do another. I generally try to do 8 jars of everything that I'm canning. I always use either wide-mouth quart or pint jars for whatever I'm doing (except jam, of course). I'm considering buying it, but trying to justify price. Is it worth the price? Thank you
MissFiFi on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: It looks like you just have to allow your canner time to cool, then it can be used again immediately
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Jul 7, 2014
Can I use regular canning jars that already own?
smgreenhouse1 on May 15, 2014
Best Answer: The manual says that this machine is made to be used specifically with Ball jars.
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on May 19, 2014
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will this work for canning chicken ?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, it can be used for canning chicken.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Nov 17, 2014
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I love to make apple jam. Is there a recipe for that? Also I love to can Meat Sauce. Could I can meat sauce?
Anita on Oct 28, 2014
Best Answer: According to directions I have read, you can only can FreshTECH recipes and
Meat sauce would have to be pressure canner canned. This is not a pressure canner.
Reply · Report · Janice K on Oct 28, 2014
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Can I use this like a conventional electric pressure cooker too, without jars?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2014
Best Answer: No, according to the instruction book, you must use the Ball recipes included. It's just for water-bath canning.
Reply · Report · Susan G on Sep 9, 2014
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Is their a recipe for stewed tomatoes using this machine?
A shopper on May 3, 2015
Best Answer: There is no stewed tomato recipe per say. There is tomatoes packed in their own juices or in water, Italian herb seasoned tomatoes, Mexican herb seasoned tomatoes, then juice, salas and sauces. Hope this helps
Reply · Report · Melinda P on May 4, 2015
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If I am making e.g. pickles can I use my own spices and my own recipe? Do I have to use ONLY the recipes in the Ball book provided?
bfox10 on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: With the Ball FRESHTech machines, you are suggested to stick only to the provided instructions and recipe
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Jun 16, 2014
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I see two conflicting replies by the staff. One says you can only use Ball jars and another say you can use Ball, Kerr and Golden Harvest. So which is it? Also, why can't you use your own recipes? Thank you.
Lorna M on Jun 6, 2015
Best Answer: Although it's recommended that you stick to Ball® Jars, Kerr® and Golden Harvest™ Glass Preserving Jars can also be used with this appliance as long as they adhere to the size guide in the manual.
The recipes provided are preprogrammed into the appliance. Your own cannot be used as they are not part of the canner's presets.
Reply (1) · Report · Amanda MStaff on Jun 7, 2015
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Will this work for canning other types of meats (beef or venison) or stews?
Kathy P on Dec 9, 2014
Best Answer: No, it doesn't get hot enough.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Dec 9, 2014
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Can you make dilly beans (canned pickled green beans) with this item? Thanks.
susan c on Jun 4, 2015
Best Answer: I have only used our new canning system once. I made strawberry-rhubarb preserves. I made the first batch the old fashioned way. The second batch, I followed the same recipe and made it in my canning system.
We taste tested and they both taste very much the same. They look pretty much the same also etc. I am unhappy with the number of recipes that are available for this machine. The booklet says that you are developing more recipes. Where are they? Therefore, I tested my own recipe. My suggestion is that this person find a recipe for dilly beans and try it in the canner. Do a small batch and see how it goes. Please let me know when you are going to develop more recipes. We have a huge garden and plan to do lots of canning this summer and fall. I want to get my money's worth out of this lovely machine. thanks
Reply · Report · Martin N on Jun 4, 2015
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Any chance this product will go on sale?
A shopper on Jan 21, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, I received a 20% off one item via an email.
I applied this coupon to the purchase of the canning system.
Reply · Report · STEVEN G on Jan 21, 2015
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Do we have to use ONLY the Green Vintage Ball jars? Or can we use BALL jars I already own?
MARY L on Aug 2, 2014
Best Answer: Your recipe will guide you on the right jar size, but the mouth size is up to you.
• Regular mouth works best for pourable foods such as jams, jellies, salsas and sauces.
• Wide mouth works best for larger foods that need a wider mouth for filling, such as tomatoes, pickles and fruits.
Although the most popular jar sizes are featured in the manual, other Ball®, Kerr® and Golden Harvest™ Glass Preserving Jars can also be used with this appliance.
Reply · Report · Amanda MStaff on Aug 3, 2014
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