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Location: North Carolina
Latest Activity: Oct 9, 2016
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Any fish/turkey-cooker propane burner will work great. You can buy them just about anywhere from Lowes/Home Depot to Sports Academy. You end up turning it down till it's barely on so I think even the smallest/cheapest one will be fine to use when canning. It does a wonderful job and I can even use it inside if I choose. Unless I am canning in my little 4 pint pressure canner I always use the larger outdoor cooker and a large canner.
So....I'm addressing the folks in my "Waterbath" canning class yesterday and getting things started. I was heating water in the canners and my lovely assistant was cutting up Zuchinni to make the Bread & Butter pickles. I'd already begun to impress everyone with my "know everything/done everything" chatter when it comes to me that I have forgotten to bring "LIDS". I immediately rachetted down the know-it-all banter to a much more humble level as I tried to figure out how I was going to can pickles, jam and tomotoes without LIDS! I'd forgotten things in the past but LIDS? Dang! I'm a pretty good talker but was I just going to describe the sound of the lids sealing? How do you keep the water out of the jars when lidless-waterbathing? I began to sweat (a lot). I looked out over the crowd in desparation and saw my salvation. There was a friend in the class. I asked him if he would run to my shop (less than a mile away) and grab some lids. He agreed and immediately left to obtain said lids. Whew, that was a close one. Thoughout the rest of the class I was never able to peg out the know-it-all meter again but I was able to shed some of the new found humbleness as I finished up an otherwise pretty near-perfect Bread & Butter Pickle, Strawberry Jam and canned Tomato demo!
Just goes to show you that regardless of your expertise and knowledge, some things are beyond your control and you simply can't get every jar to seal when canning (especially without a lid)!
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