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OfflinePaC
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Sterilization of plastic jars
    #2035344 - 10/23/03 08:11 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

Being in the UK I am finding it very hard to get hold of glass mason jars; but during my hunting I came across some 250ml "tupperware" containers. They are round, and tapered, and also have a tight fitting lid with rubberseal which is completely air tight. They are also quite robust, and the lid is quite thick plastic so I remain hopefull.

My only problem is; how do I sterilize them? Through reading the various FAQ's I have come to the conclusion that the only way I can do it is through microwaving. I'm only guessing, but I think boiling or pressurecooking them would melt the plastic.

I have heard rave reviews, and also the complete opposite, regarding microwaving PF TEK jars - is there a definate answer? My plan is not to case for my first few harvests until I can get caking down to an art.
If microwaving is the way for me to go, which is the best method to use? My plan was to place the empty plastic jar with lid on (holes punched in top of lid) on a plate with a few mm of water on it. Microwave it for 10mins. Then add substrate. Put lid on, cover lid with foil, put on plate of water and microwave for 8mins, shaking it up a bit a few times mid-cook.

Does that sound okay?

Thanks :smile:


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: PaC]
    #2035346 - 10/23/03 08:15 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

u can use glass cups that are tapered. don't use that plastic stuff.


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: Tomandjerry58]
    #2035351 - 10/23/03 08:19 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

Glass cups eh? I read that somewhere. So once my cake is in there with a layer of verm on top, should I cover the top of the glass at all? And can I pressure-cook a glass cup full of substrate if it doesnt have a lid?


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: PaC]
    #2035364 - 10/23/03 08:45 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

Yes to all of your questions. Use tinfil with a couple of holes as a lid. Then cover the foil with a coffee filter and a rubber band.


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: Rose]
    #2035370 - 10/23/03 08:51 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)



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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: Tomandjerry58]
    #2035399 - 10/23/03 09:14 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

Thanks for the info folks! Great help. I'll let you know how it goes :smile:


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: PaC]
    #2036450 - 10/23/03 03:45 PM (17 years, 4 months ago)

use many layers of foil. the first one being the one with holes in it.


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: abhi]
    #2037001 - 10/23/03 07:00 PM (17 years, 4 months ago)

PaC-
If you are going to nuke foil you will to ruin your microwave.
Try to find something other than metal to cover your jars with, unless you like cold leftovers.

I didn't read the whole thread, but that might help you;
http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat...&PHPSESSID=

good luck


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: PaC]
    #2039006 - 10/24/03 04:48 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

UK growers looking for glass jars can either go to a supermarket and buy Bonne Mamann jam (?1.19 a pot but v tasty) or use drinking glasses as in Anno's tek:

www.fungifun.org/pf


most sourcing problems have been dealt with by the UK growers here on the board - just ask.


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Re: Sterilization of plastic jars [Re: shirley knott]
    #2039180 - 10/24/03 07:00 AM (17 years, 4 months ago)

hhmm, our poor friends on The Island can't get glass jars??? I had no friggin idea? I though America sucked! Ok,,Ok it does!  :frown:

Is there some kind of law against them? Or just an anomaly? Please let me know, this really interests me!  :crazy:


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