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Don't ruin your pressure canner
    #570836 - 03/05/02 07:35 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

I read a post a while back on here that claimed it was a good idea to use vegetable oil on the rubber o-ring that seals your pressure canner if the seal is getting old and starting to leak.  Like an idiot, I tried it out without doing more research.  After a few cook cycles, the vegetable oil turns into some kind of hard varnish like crap ruining the canner.  The o-ring is now harder than it was before I tried this and I have a nasty layer of hardened oil crap on the metal rim of my cooker.  I did some digging and found out that it IS ok to use petrolium jelly or mineral oil, but it is not ok to use vegatable oil.

Anybody know if there is a way to get rid of the hard varnish like crap and salvage the canner?  The o-ring is pretty much a lost cause.  :frown:

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Re: Don't ruin your pressure canner [Re: Seuss]
    #570941 - 03/05/02 09:37 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

You can buy a new gasket. To get the crud off, mix some Ajax or Comet with some liquid dish soap and make a paste and scrub it off using a dish cloth or paper towel. It should come right off.


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Re: Don't ruin your pressure canner [Re: Seuss]
    #571146 - 03/06/02 01:28 AM (21 years, 6 months ago)

You can soak a rubber gasket in alchohol and it will
make it soft as new. Probably take the varnish off too.
It also works well for winshield wipers and t-top/sunroof
seals. Hope that helps:peace:

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