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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 input...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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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.
December 6, 2014
over 2 years 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!
July 9, 2015
1 year 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!
August 11, 2015
1 year ago
Set and just wait
I've really made great use of this automatic home canning system. While I've been busy canning with this sytem my stove was free to pressure can other foods. This is a great system that makes the process simple. It warms the jars and cans them. I did add a little vinegar during the canning process to keep hard water deposits off the jars and the canister insert clean.
August 29, 2016
8 months ago
Great for Canning
Love it maintains the temperature needed for canning projects.
March 20, 2017
8 months ago

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
gift for mother in law
Anne S on Nov 30, 2016
went along with the jam and jelly maker and I simply love it...using it today as a matter of fact
Martha B on Jul 18, 2016
gift for mother in law
Anne S on Nov 30, 2016
Christine A on Sep 23, 2016
went along with the jam and jelly maker and I simply love it...using it today as a matter of fact
Martha B on Jul 18, 2016
i want to try canning.
Nancy H on May 24, 2016
I want to can my own soups. Veggies I like, spices I like, low sodium. I have a pot of tom kha gai on the stove right now.
DEBORAH W on Apr 15, 2016
Innovative idea to make canning easier!
Kelly C on Apr 3, 2016
I'm looking to can soups so I can free space in my freezer.
Rose P on Mar 7, 2016
Having a glass topped electric range, I was advised against using a stove top canner. The Ball FreshTech canning system will allow me to can high acid foods. There will be festive jellies for the Christmas gift baskets this year! Huzzah!
Vikki B on Nov 23, 2015
I knew that I wanted to make small batches of high acid fruits and vegetables without much hassle, as growing an organic garden is enough work. I've read all the reviews everywhere pluses and minuses as well as the Ball manual for it and it should meet my needs. I am new to canning.
jane m on Nov 8, 2015
i hope its works ball is a very well known brad in canning products
Ann F on Oct 27, 2015
Great for small batch canning
Dianne B on Oct 21, 2015
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
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
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
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
Solves inconvenience of water bath.
Thomas W on Aug 9, 2015
I have the other one and was waiting to get this one.... So exicted
frances r on Jul 29, 2015
This Is Perfect ,Four Jars At A Time. Not A Whole Day Of Canning. Our Harvest Is A Few Tomato's At A Time, Same With Cucumbers .Really Looking Forward To This Season Now.....Thanks A +++++
Patrick S on Jul 20, 2015
present for boyfriend...we've never canned before but have a big garden this year.
Dana P on Jul 7, 2015
Processing automation and Innovation from the long-time producers of canning jars is intriguing, to say the least. Automated temperature and processing times should produce very consistent and safe results.
Annette P on Jun 23, 2015
because I thought it would be a good way to learn how to can pickles in a small batch and learn how to can peaches in a small batch for one person.
Phyllis N on Jun 22, 2015
I've been wanting to try canning for a long time but have been intimidated by all the safety issues. This Home Canning System seems like an easy and safe process to get started. I'm looking forward to preserving fresh fruits and vegetables from our garden.
Lois B on Jun 22, 2015
I want to try it out. It looks like a superb system.
Amorita S on Jun 21, 2015
Summer Garden is growing and this will hopefully simplify canning -ability to can a few jars at a time with minimal mess!
Michael L on Jun 20, 2015
we love dilly beans...perfect way to do this!
Barbara B on Jun 17, 2015
An easier canning idea
Beverly K on Jun 16, 2015
Need a fast and convenient means of sterilizing and canning fruits and vegetables.
Vera P on Jun 8, 2015
did not want the mess of water bath boiling water on stove
Roxanne C on Jun 8, 2015
I know I will use it this summer with my garden vegetables. I am unsure how to can using the older method of boiling jars, ect.
Nancy T on Jun 5, 2015
Hopefully it makes canning easier with less mess.
Sara K on Jun 3, 2015
I love canning. I do big butches, but I want to have the option to do small ones also. I have 4 boys and they love when I do different kind of flavors, so I will try this...
alejandra o on Jun 1, 2015
This is the time of year when my garden starts to produce and I would like to make the process of canning easier.
Jennifer G on May 31, 2015
To help with annual canning I do with my mother
Sonya H on May 30, 2015
I planted a garden and plan to can my produce. Also i planted fruit trees and there will be more than i can eat.
SONYA Z on May 11, 2015
wedding registry gift
Robert S on Apr 25, 2015
Patricia L on Apr 15, 2015
I enjoy canning, but I think this is a safer way to approach it with the lower water use (ie. not as much boiling water to dispose of) and more scientific way to ensure that it was done right.
Natalie C on Feb 15, 2015
A friend recommended it
Kelle B on Feb 8, 2015
We like to can alot.
Cathy H on Feb 6, 2015
to make canning easier and faster
lori S on Jan 31, 2015
gift registry item
Joseph S on Jan 19, 2015
For a gift.
Christina M on Nov 28, 2014
seemed so easy to use
KAREN C on Nov 16, 2014
I want to start canning and want to use something easy
Jamie H on Nov 11, 2014
b/c canning by hand is too time consuming and I am hoping this will decrease that time.
Janette D on Sep 14, 2014
I do a lot of canning...but sometimes just need a small batch! This canning system looks to be the answer!
Rhonda H on Sep 10, 2014
I am using a stove-top boiling process and I believe this product will help with time and sanitizing the jars/lids. Canning is enjoyable, but it does take time! The end product is so worth it though!
Judith E on Sep 3, 2014
Looked easy to use
William B on Aug 3, 2014
Have not used yet.
MARY L on Aug 2, 2014
I have always canned the produce from my garden with the waterbath or pressure cooker method. I am older now and not able to carry around these cumbersome preserving methods. This sounds ideal for me.
Thomas M on Jul 25, 2014
Christine A on Sep 23, 2016
i want to try canning.
Nancy H on May 24, 2016
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
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
will this work for canning chicken ?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, this is not a pressure canner and cannot be used for foods that typically require pressure canning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Is it a pressure canner too? Or just water bath one.
Angie G on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just a water bath canner you can only do pickles of all kinds even pickled beans , carrots etc , jams, jellys ,fruits and salsas and tomatoes
You can not can meats and low acid vegetables. They require a pressure canner
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.
Can you make dilly beans (canned pickled green beans) with this item? Thanks.
susan c on Jun 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The instruction booklet says yes, but I haven't tried yet. I'm going to this summer.
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.
Will it do salmon?
Tammy B on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, this is not meant for canning meats.


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