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Karo keeps caramelizing
    #2362919 - 02/21/04 10:10 AM (14 years, 2 days ago)

How long do you sterilize karo jars in a pc? I've heard 15-20 minutes, but when I do that, combined with the 15 minutes that it takes for the pc to get up to pressure, the jars always end up yellow. Is 15-20 minutes TOTAL pc time ok for sterilization?

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Re: Karo keeps caramelizing [Re: turtlelamp]
    #2362923 - 02/21/04 10:15 AM (14 years, 2 days ago)

make sure you have it well off of the PC bottom, the 15 minutes is the total time from the point of pressure to finish... I recomend that once you build the pressure to reduce the heat a little and all ow the 15 minutes...

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    #2362976 - 02/21/04 10:46 AM (14 years, 2 days ago)

Are you running the PC too high? I usually PC Karo at 12 p.s.i., compared to 15 p.s.i. for grtains, etc. Never have contams and have never had a carmelization problem. 12 p.s.i. for 20 minutes works well for me...

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Re: Karo keeps caramelizing [Re: turtlelamp]
    #2362988 - 02/21/04 10:51 AM (14 years, 2 days ago)

IF you use Plastic lids and the microwave...like 2 cycles of 4 minutes, its sterilised.

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Re: Karo keeps caramelizing [Re: turtlelamp]
    #2366786 - 02/22/04 04:15 AM (14 years, 1 day ago)

yeah... keep it away from the bottom. The high heat is what causes the carmelization. I double stack some ring lids under the stand off plate. Don't let the water touch the jars, even when it boils. Many people don't realize that a pot with a lid on it will boil at a much lower setting on your stove than an open pot without a lid. So play around with some water in your PC and gradually turn up the heat every 5 mins until you hear it boiling. Then that's the setting you'll want to eventually get to when you do some Karo.

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