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Amazon Shop: ½ Pint Jars, Pressure Cooker

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OfflineRaspo
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Starting out...again...few questions.
    #4485398 - 08/02/05 03:04 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I just bought the 8 qt. Mirro from Wal-Mart and I had a few questions since I've never actually used a PC before:

1. Is it okay to put the jars directly on the rack, or should I put a washcloth on the rock and put the jars on top of the washcloth? I had a bad experience with putting a washcloth in a pot last year and the pot and jars were ruined after the cloth melted and glued everything together...it also released a horrible foul smell throughout the house.

2. I read that water should go 2/3 the way up the jars...after I put in the right amount of water, I put the PC on high until the water is boiling...and then turn it to medium or low? Is this correct?

3. Is it okay if the lids of the jars are touching...I can fit five in the PC, but that's with the lids touching...also, can I stack jars?

Sorry for the trouble, I am a PC newb and last year's grow attempts failed miserably, so I wanted to get everything right this time. Thanks!


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Re: Starting out...again...few questions. [Re: Raspo]
    #4485486 - 08/02/05 03:23 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Stackable? I know when I used to steam jars (no pc), I used to stack them, as long as the tops were covered with tin foil. This keeps condensation from dripping from one jar onto the one below it.  Not sure about PCs.  Could be trouble if you are suppsed to have water 2/3s of the way up the jar.  Best bet is to do one layer at a time.  Like you said, you want to get it right this time :smile:  Good Luck!!!


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Re: Starting out...again...few questions. [Re: ThinkPink]
    #4485513 - 08/02/05 03:30 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I would stack them. My Presto manual shows this being done.


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Re: Starting out...again...few questions. [Re: mky]
    #4485579 - 08/02/05 03:43 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

What about the other questions?


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Re: Starting out...again...few questions. [Re: ThinkPink]
    #4485604 - 08/02/05 03:49 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

2/3 of the way up the jar? That's not neccessary. I usually put the water at a depth that just covers the rack at the bottom of the PC. As long as the regulator is just gently rocking during PC'ing, the steam doesn't escape fast enough to dry up the water inside. If you weren't supposed to stack jars in a pressure cooker, what is the point of having, say, a 41 quart AA? Stack away my friend, stack away!


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Re: Starting out...again...few questions. [Re: FooMan]
    #4485637 - 08/02/05 03:58 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

You can just put the jars on the rack directly. That is what I do. No wash cloth needed. The lids can touch, just don't jam everything so tight that something breaks. I don't know what your directions say, but I have always put my water in as I stated above, put the jars in, close the lid properly, put the stove on "high", wait for the regulator to start jiggling and lower the heat until the regulator rocks smoothly and steadily. Then cook for the proper time. The key is not to have the regulator bouncing around like crazy.


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Re: Starting out...again...few questions. [Re: FooMan]
    #4485659 - 08/02/05 04:02 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Thanks foo, that's what I was looking for.


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