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#1 Carmen

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:15 PM

I've seen where people have said you can use a folded up towel at the bottom of your canner instead of a rack..does this work? It'd seem like the boilding water would make the towel slip out of place. This in a water bath canner, btw.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:29 PM

I have used it several times when I have a few jars left over that won't fit into the canner. I fold it over a few times, depending on the pot and towel size. A bit of the towel will tend to float in the water but as soon as I put a jar in it works fine. I was concerned about burning the towel, no problem with that yet.



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Posted 11 August 2010 - 10:50 PM

You could use extra rings laid out evenly across the bottom, or butter knives if they lay flat, or another kind of rack. I prefer to have something that will allow water to flow around, but I've heard of others using towels.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 01:46 AM

we have done it this way too and it worked OK for (Like wormie said) when you have a few more jars then you have canner. LOL

I have also used a round cake rack (like for cooling the cake) That works great in some of our pots.

Anything that will keep the bottom of the jars off the bottom of the waterbath pot will work.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 05:53 AM

QUOTE (Cat @ Aug 11 2010, 11:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could use extra rings laid out evenly across the bottom, or butter knives if they lay flat, or another kind of rack. I prefer to have something that will allow water to flow around, but I've heard of others using towels.


I have used canning jar rings with good results.

Edited by farm~maid, 14 August 2010 - 05:55 AM.




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