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Postby sandycheeks » Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:34 pm

Please tell your wife that I used her recipe for strawberry sauce from the blog and it is fabulous. Using berries from my own yard made it even more special. Since this worked out so well, I plan on trying to make some sauce with my blackberries that are ripening. Can you buy the pot insert at big box stores or do you have to get it from a specialty store?

(I would have posted this directly to the blog but figured that the jam/jelly post has been buried by now and she might not see it)

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Postby kgates » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:31 pm

Sandycheeks-- I'm not sure what you mean by "pot insert". Can you clarify? Thanks, Kris :?

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Postby sandycheeks » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:07 pm

I mean the wire tray with handles that you put the jars in. I stood there holding the jar with tongs to make sure water could circulate underneath.

I've always wanted to try my hand at canning. I even had an unopened box of jars, lids and rings just sitting in the basement. Reading your post on the blog spurred me to try it out. I'm excited to try other recipe's.

Thanks for your inspiration.

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Postby kgates » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:39 pm

Ah, I understand now. I use the pot of my pressure canner (without the pressure) for a boiling water bath and it does have a metal rack on the bottom for circulation. I bet this would be hard to purchase separately. But for years before I got the canner, I just used a big soup pot and put the jars directly on the bottom. I never had any problem with jars cracking, but perhaps there are other concerns. Depending on the size of your pot, maybe you have a rack for a rice cooker or vegetable steamer that would work? Or a round pie-cooling-type rack? Maybe you could make one by punching holes in an aluminum pie plate and put it in upside-down?

See if you can pick up a "Jar-lifter"-- it gives you a much more secure grip than tongs on those glass jars.

I'm so glad you liked the recipe. Good luck with the blackberries! Kris

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Postby Gnashchick » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:37 pm

I believe the thing you're looking for is called a jar rack, or sometimes a canner rack. I got mine from a specialty cooking store, "The Kitchen Store" down the street from my house.
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