Q and A: wire rack for canner, rabbit lung issues, and green growth in pond — 6 Comments

  1. Thank you SO much for answering my rabbit question! I know it was very long but was afraid to leave out any pertinent details. As soon as I read your response, I was encouraged and immediately set about restructuring my rabbitry. You are a homesteaders blessing!

  2. gen,

    No date; my doctor advised putting it off to get by my speaking engagement in Dallas at the Self-Reliance Expo in May. He said there’s no emergency but he’d advise getting it done relatively soon. So it should be this summer.

  3. Thanks everyone, I will look for a rack that will fit it. Its such a great size I didn’t want to stop using it. Take care all

  4. I agree with Jackie as well. Don’t fret about getting another canning rack. Personally, I find the design is not a good one and the jars are always tipping when lifting the rack in or out of the water. Then I’m scrambling to upright the jars so I can lift them quickly before leakage compromises the sealing process.

    I started laying the rack right on the bottom of the canner and using a jar lifter to set jars in and remove them. I use a pair of tongs to hold the handles out of the way so I can get the jars where I need them to sit.

    Eventually I dumped the canning rack and just bought a round wire cooling rack that fit the canner. The canning rack is a poor design for the smaller canning jars (125 ml or 4 oz jelly jar) and even the 250 ml/8 oz jelly jar. They kept slipping through and tipping over since the spaces in the canning rack were too large for these type of jars. (The canning rack design hasn’t changed much since its inception way back when canning was done in quart-size or large jars.)

    The cooling rack works much better at holding jars in place. I’ve also heard folks put jar rings in the base of the cooler to act like a rack (tied together with wire twist ties) and it seems to work well, although I have not tried this method.

    The key is to have something that will raise the jars 1-2 inches off the bottom of the canner to avoid breakage and to allow the boiling water to flow easily around the whole jar.

  5. In a pinch, a few canning jar rings placed side by side to cover the bottom of your canner will work. This supports your jars. I agree with Jackie. It’s much easier to put in and lift out your jars individually with a jar lifter. Happy canning!

  6. I was wondering if a date has been set up for you yet, and perhaps I missed it?
    Saying prayers!