Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Canning Without A Canner

When it became time to make pickles , with tomato's not too far off I pulled out my large canning kettle my mama had given me, put water in it and set it on the stove. In no time at all I noticed the top of the stove covered in water, lifting up the canner I spotted the pin drop hole leaking water everywhere.

Fine, I already had my cukes all cut up and jars all ready to go so what was I to do? ( Wasn't sure I trusted the canner anyhow with a little rust that had been forming in it!)

Well I have only been doing small batch canning anyways so I got out my trusty one and only 2 quart stainless steel pan and put some water in that. After I had my pickles packed in jars I put them in the pan and covered it well with aluminum foil. ( The lid won't fit with jars placed in it)

This worked fine enough to where I did not feel compelled to rush out and spend money I did not have on a new canning kettle. I can place 3 quart jars in it at  a time or 4 pint jars which is about what I tend to process at any one time anyways.

This did create a problem with tomato's however as I could not peel them and cook them in my 2 quart pan I needed hot water in and keeping everything hot is imperative! Also I can not use the pan to heat my jars in.

So I pour hot water into a kitchen sink for the jars to stay in until ready for use.

I peel all my tomato's in the afternoon and place them in my slow cooker which I put in my fridge until the evening hours which I then plug in and put on low to cook all night. I do this with either just regular tomato's or a batch of salsa for winter storage.

The next day when ever I am ready I get my jars in the sink with hot water and bring the 2 inches of water in my 2 quart pan to gentle boiling, pack the jars and process for the 10 to 15 minutes depending on what I am processing.

It has been working beautifully and working with what I have already on hand!