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Old 04-14-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Canning in a Nesco roaster

I have had a Nesco roaster that is also a slow cooker, steamer, baker, etc., that I have rarely used over the years, as I have an extensive collection of slow cookers. Today I needed a big CP for a ham, and hauled out the Nesco. This got me to thinking: there are so many temperature settings on the thing, I wonder if I could use it for small canning jobs, rather than hauling out the big waterbath pot or steam canner. I also have a glasstop stove, and am nervous about large amounts of boiling water cracking the glass.

So I googled Nesco roaster for canning, and yes, it works great! There's a rack for the bottom. You can boil the lids and jars in it, cook the (acid) food in it, fill the jars and use it as a water bath as long as the water covers the jars! Mine is only 6 quarts, so I'll need to use pints and half pints, but I usually do small amounts anyway.

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Old 04-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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You need to get an extension cord and do it out in the yard to keep the heat out of the house!

A lounge chair, a good book and a cool drink!
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I have to get one of those. My BIL has one and he loves it. Summer is coming and it would help NOT heat the house up.
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Wow! What a great idea. I have an 18-quart one. Boy, will I ever use it this season. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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With an 18 qt., and Aunt Bea's ideas, I would think you'd be set, Katie!

I have to revisit the Nesco uses. For years, it was just taking up space.
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