Sunday, August 26, 2012

Using an Electric Roaster While Canning

When I can the boiling water bath or pressure caner and whatever I am canning take up the stove space so I use my roaster to keep the jars hot.  I fill the jars with water and add some water to the roaster and keep it on low.  If I need to add more water to the water bath to cover the jars I have nice hot water to use and at the end of my day I recycle the water and use it to wash the dishes.  Being on a well in the middle of a drought I need to save water whenever I can.
I have also used the roasters to prepare the food for canning.  I used it when I was doing the huge amount of tomatoes and plan on using it to cook the apples in to make applesauce.  I have 2 roasters and both hold 18 quarts and are really nice to boil stuff down (reduce) in because of the huge amount of surface space.  If you have a roaster give it a try.

Using the roaster to keep jars hot.

Using the roaster to reduce the tomatoes.

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15 comments:

  1. Such a great idea. I think you made comment once about using your crock pot for sauces also...I tried it this weekend and it was wonderful! I only needed to stir every few hours not constantly like on the stove top. Thank you for all the wonderful tips and ideas

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  2. Hi Paula! I love this idea! It sure does help on the stove top space! I have one of those and hardly ever use it so I'm going to implement this idea whenever I have a large amount to can. Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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  3. I have been using my roaster for tomato sauce too. Works great!

    Stop by my blog on Friday for the next edition of the Carnival of home preserving! I would love for you to link this post or any other home preserving post up. Hope to see you there!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this at the Carnival of Home Preserving!

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  5. I have done that before, and only switched to using my oven to heat/sanitize my jars when my roaster oven died on me.

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  6. Thank you and God bless you for sharing this, I too have 2 roasters, one of which I actually got up and left the house at 5 AM to get at a Black Friday sale (my first and last) because it was $25 and came with the warmer sections AND an electric knife. I have one full of jars, the other full of cooked ground beef. Again, thank you so very much, this saves so much space on the stove and electricity using 120 instead of 220 for the stove!

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  7. I use my roaster when I'm doing large batch of sauce or fruit butter. Works great but don't leave it on overnight unless you want burnt edges :(

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  8. Thank you for the great idea...I have a huge roaster than I never even thought about using when I can. Appreciate the information.

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  9. Im also thinking now that steam canners have been approved for canning .... why could the roaster oven not be used to water bath /steam can in .... mine goes up to 450 degrees ... so temp would not be an issue .....

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  10. I use my roasters (3) to make large batches of bone broth that I later can.

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  11. can you use the roaster for water canning?

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  12. can you use the roaster for the water canning?

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  13. well done! I hv 2 of these, but I never honestly thought about this time-saver & volume processor.

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  14. Oh my goodness, why didn't I think of that ? I use the roaster to make big batch sauces but never thought to use it during canning. Thank you

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