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OfflineNirvhead
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Sterilizing in a Normal Pot
    #1157112 - 12/20/02 06:45 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

I currently do not have access to a pressure cooker and so was wondering a few things about sterilizing in a regular cooking pot (I've checked the FAQ).

1. I intend to cover the holes in the jar with masking tape, but am worried water may still get into the jars - How high should the water level be relative to the jars?
2. To prevent jars from cracking, what would be the best way to keep the jars from direct contact with the bottom of the pot? Is a small towel sufficient or do I need to buy some sort of raised mesh or whatnot?

Thanks for reading.


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: Nirvhead]
    #1157120 - 12/20/02 06:51 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

I use a steamer. The old aluminum kind where there is a base at the bottom and it has sections that you can remove. It's gotta be pretty cheap to buy, and you most likely will find them at any walmart. If you can't do that tho, I would say a cloth sux. I tried it, and the bubbles only bubbled around where the cloth wasn't, and if it did bubble, it would knock over the jars, so I would recommend finding some kinda metal to keep it up, or you can just make one.
If cloth is your ONLY way, go for it, but I didn't care too much for it.

I was wondering, if anyone else knew, I have a nice electronic steamer, for veggies and rice, and it has a timer and all and I was wondering if that would work. I'm a lil limited on my brf supply and will have to buy some soon, but till then, I don't wanna waste any on doing too much experimenting.
Any opinions would be nice. :smile:


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: Nirvhead]
    #1157126 - 12/20/02 06:56 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

> How high should the water level be relative to the jars?
Not more than 1/2 of the jar height.

>Is a small towel sufficient
Usually yes.

>or do I need to buy some sort of raised mesh or whatnot?
Better.


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: friggin wigga]
    #1157129 - 12/20/02 06:57 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

>I have a nice electronic steamer,..... I was wondering if that would work.
Sure why not.


Allsways keep in mind, when you don?t use a pressure cooker, boil/steam for 90 minutes to be on the safe side.


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: friggin wigga]
    #1157130 - 12/20/02 06:57 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

i sterilize in a pot and have 0 contams! put a towel in the bottom and put thajars on it. the water should not be higher than the middle of the jars. boil for 90 minutes and let tha jars cool in the pot with the lid on!

and you will succeed:-)


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: Anno]
    #1157131 - 12/20/02 06:58 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

In reply to:

To prevent jars from cracking, what would be the best way to keep the jars from direct contact with the bottom of the pot?



If you want it to be extremly efficent, drop about $15 and buy a real canning pot. They come with a metal piece that folds in the pot to hold the jars up nice and even.


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: bjkroll]
    #1157151 - 12/20/02 07:06 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

My original intent was to be extremely efficient, sterile, and professional in the entire process of cultivating - even going so far as to buy new everything, including items I already had around the house. That was before both my wife and I lost our jobs. So now it's going to be kind of rinky-dink, but with my attention to detail and the amount of time I put into research I'm confident in good results.

To Anno and everyone else: Thank you for the prompt informational replies. I'm impressed (especially by the mods here ;-)


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: Nirvhead]
    #1157156 - 12/20/02 07:07 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

How high should the water level be relative to the jars?
If you can get a steamer, that's even better (much cheaper than a pc).....anyway, the water can go up to the bottom of the jars, put aluminum foil over the tops of the jars....i lightly steam for an hour and a half.

Is a small towel sufficient or do I need to buy some sort of raised mesh or whatnot?
I'd do something to get them up a bit high in the pot.....ultimately, I'd recommend a steamer.


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: TheHobbit]
    #1157197 - 12/20/02 07:20 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

I put little blocks of wood under each jar & only put a couple of inches of water into the pot, less water boils quicker! (just make sure it doesn't boil dry)
put a lid on the pot & steam will fill it


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: Nirvhead]
    #1157225 - 12/20/02 07:29 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

1.  Put an old t shirt or towel underneathe them
2.  220 degrees for 90 minutes
3.  I get no contams and use 4 strips of electric tape per hole, and to be safe 4 layers of saram wrap then i screw the lid on to hold the seram wrap tight  :laugh:   


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Re: Sterilizing in a Normal Pot [Re: PooGrower]
    #4478432 - 07/31/05 09:53 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Just cover the tops with some aluminum foil - works awesome with the half pint jars with the "self-sealing" lids with screw-on rings. I couldn't find some aluminum foil initially, so I just used a couple plastic sandwich baggies to cover the holes.

Good thing I was watching it boil to see if anything would go wrong - the sandwich baggies were starting to burn along the edges that were touching the bottom of the pot. I pulled them out and drove to the local WaWa to get some aluminum foil (it was 3 am), heh.


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