I have been harping on about all things sustainable living for a long time. Over that time I have come to realise that there are many good number of readers out there who have just so much to share in abundance. So I would like to tap into that vast knowledge base.
As one of my goals this year is “More Maintenance, Less Projects”, I need to focus on servicing the many needs that my urban farm demands. To do this I also need to blog less, and stop replying to the constant stream of requests for help via email. I don’t really want to do this so I have come up with a plan.
My plan is to turn over the blog to all my readers each week for the ‘Wise Words Wednesday’ post. Sounds exciting doesn’t it? Well I think it is. Here is how I see it playing out. I post one of requests for help that I receive during the week (with the senders permission of course), and I will request that you, the reader, have a crack at answering it via a comment. You can leave links to posts of your own if you like as well as long as it is pertinent to the question. I don’t mind. Take the time to promote yourselves while you are at it. We could all do with a little self promotion in this lifestyle, that’s for sure.
So now you know the plan, here is the first question from L.
I bought an old Fowlers Vacola electric unit second-hand, similar to the one that you use.
I’ve been reading very carefully about the latest guidelines for water bath canning tomatoes, and they state that they should be processed for 85 minutes with 1/4 tsp of citric acid added (per pint jar).
Anyway, I had all my jars in the Fowlers unit and started adding the water, only to find that the water spews out the thermometer hole when the water level reaches that point. It seems it is impossible to submerge my #20 size jars completely, and it would be even worse for really large sizes.
Now I know that these Fowlers units were manufactured a long time ago and food safety knowledge wasn’t what it is today, but am I missing something? Surely the water should completely submerge the jars?
Is it impossible to water bath preserve tomatoes safely using the unit I have?