I’ve mentioned the need to sterilize bottles for preserves etc. in several previous posts (here & here). So I thought I’d post how I actually go about this! There are many ways to sterilize bottles, but this is what I find to be the most convenient.
I start by washing all the bottles and lids in hot soapy water. Rinse them well, and let them air dry on a clean towel.
Put the lids in a pot of boiling water, and leave them there for ~20 minutes (simmering).
Place the bottles on a cookies sheet, and place in the oven at 225F for 20 minutes.
I also put any of the tools I might need for transferring the preserves to the bottles into a large bowl of boiling water. If you’re using mason jars with snap lids, the ring portion of the lid can go into this bowl as well.
When your preserves are made, your bottles are good to go! I usually make my preserves while the bottles are in the oven and the lids are boiling.