I am new to canning and processed cherries in quarts. While I was processing the water boiled out of the canner and even though I started out with 2″ of water I ended up with only 1/4 in. over the jars after processing. The jars are sealed. Are they safe? What is the purpose of 1 in. of water over the jars?
Thanks~~Stephanie ~ Yakima, WA.