[NAFEX] steam juicer / canning
ErdmanJ at uwstout.edu
Mon Jan 5 14:30:37 EST 2004
> My wife has had a Finnish steam juicer for 20+ years but quit using the
> method you describe because it never got 100% seal for her - lids could be
> much more easily pried off than if it were hot processed. Even though all
> the lids looked like they sealed (center down) to double check the process -
> all came off very easily with a little thumb pressure - which made her
> question the integrity of the seal. Any comments?
We've been using the method described (juice directly from juicer to hot jars and capped with hot new lids) to can fruit juices for years (20+ years) and haven't ever had one spoil or leak, except one or two that didn't seal reiight away, due to overlooked defects in the jar rims. We have friends that do hundreds of bottles of juice each year, using Grolsch beer bottles--the ones with the red rubber seals and white caps on a wire bail. I do make sure the jars are HOT--filled with water from a simmering tea kettle which is emptied just before running the juice into the jar.
Jim Erdman, in Menomonie, WI
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