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Old 06-04-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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Canning on flat top ceramic stove?

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I am researching the idea of canning tomatoes in a water bath on a ceramic stove. I find forum snippets of people saying you can or you can't. Anyone doing this, that can give me some more details.

Looks like the concerns are that 1) you need a flat bottom pan - I think I could use a stock pot if I find a rack to fit inside, right? 2) our stupid burner does some energy cycling but for a small pan of water at least it will keep a boil 3) the weight of the stock pot plus tomato jars might be too heavy and crack the flat top - well hey, having to get a new stove would solve my problem. We hate to be wasteful, but the stove came with the house and we have not liked it.

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Old 06-04-2008, 03:58 PM   #2
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I have canned on a flat top before I didn't do anything special and I didn't have any problems. I have heard though that it can discolor the top if that even matters although my didn't have a problem with that either.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:34 PM   #3
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Re: Canning on flat top ceramic stove?

I canned pepper relish in a hot water bath on our flat topped stove. No problems with it at all. I found a rack that fit in our chili pot.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:11 PM   #4
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Re: Canning on flat top ceramic stove?

Do either of you have the energy cycling burners? Normally I am all for energy conservation, but we hate that feature on our stove. It actually takes longer to cook something because the burner cools off.
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:54 PM   #5
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Maybe? Mine will turn red, shut off, turn red, shut off, etc. Is that what you mean? If so, that IS what I canned my pepper relish on.

And I was curious about your user name - is it because you're a Yooper?
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:07 PM   #6
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Re: Canning on flat top ceramic stove?

I can on mine all the time too. If you have an antique or thrift store near you, I bet you could find a water bath canner. That's where I found the two I have.
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i canned all my stuff on my flat top last year.

I have also heard you can get single burners that just plug in a set on your counter, if you are worried about your flat top. Oh and mine does cycle, and i ddint have any issues with it not keeping a boil going
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Re: Canning on flat top ceramic stove?

Oh good to know, I had always heard you couldn't do it. Interesting.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:24 AM   #9
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Re: Canning on flat top ceramic stove?

Thanks for the advice. I keep hearing that people have successful used their flat top, so I think we will give it a try if the tomatoes do well. In the past we have froze them, but I suspect we will have more this year.

I lived in Houghton, MI while going to college, and it is our dream to return. My husband career took him out of state.

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I lived in Houghton, MI while going to college, and it is our dream to return. My husband career took him out of state.

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Another Techie, then? (My husband and I both are Tech grads, and engineers). I grew up in the UP, though.
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