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OfflineNirvhead
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Quick Question About Sterilization
    #1162275 - 12/22/02 02:19 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

As I posted a few days ago I was intending to use regular pots to sterilize my jars - which I did - but I have a question... I set the jars in two large pots and one smaller pot (4 jars per large pot and 2 in the small pot) on top of towels. I then proceeded to set the stove on a fairly high setting until boiling started, at which point I reduced the temperature to allow it to boil without getting in the jars. About 55 minutes after boiling started I checked all three pots and found the water level to be dangerously low and had to resort to adding more water. After this I continued boiling for another 30 minutes.

1. Will interrupting the boiling as such give bacteria a better chance at survival?
2. Does the amount of water loss indicate that the jars were not steamed well enough (lids not tight enough)?

All answers are appreciated. At this point it is obviously too late to resterilize as I have already inoculated, but I'm always more than happy to increase my knowledge base on this subject matter.


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Re: Quick Question About Sterilization [Re: Nirvhead]
    #1162279 - 12/22/02 02:22 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

I don't see any problem besides the fact that you boiled for somewhere around 90 minutes. You might have over sterilized.


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Re: Quick Question About Sterilization [Re: motatraehrehtom]
    #1162304 - 12/22/02 02:31 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Yeah, 90 minutes is a bit long and might dry out the jars.


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Re: Quick Question About Sterilization [Re: motatraehrehtom]
    #1162318 - 12/22/02 02:34 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Well, after having to give up my idea of a super-professional first-time setup (due to money) I think I may have overcompensated a bit, as if my jars would find it a personal affront that I didn't buy a brand new pressure cooker for them. :tongue: I'd still rather over-sterilize than under-sterilize if I'm going to do either. In any case, I observed neither jars that had collected extra water from drip-off nor any jars that looked too dry. I like to think I have a great eye (hell I do!), but I suppose "eye-ing" a jar isn't going to be completely accurate.


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Re: Quick Question About Sterilization [Re: Nirvhead]
    #1162367 - 12/22/02 02:52 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

You should be fine. I have gone to using a large pot with a pasta strainer that sits inside. I keep the water just above the bottom and after it boils I put the stove a little above simmer. I hope my jars are not offended that I don't have a PC, but after 2 batches they seem fine.


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Re: Quick Question About Sterilization [Re: Fuman]
    #1162440 - 12/22/02 03:23 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

When I sterilized I went for about 80 minutes....no biggy.


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