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Old 09-12-2006, 11:43 PM   #1
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Hard water and canners

I have an All American canner and live in a hard water area. The canner and the racks are always discoloring. I simmer cream of tartar in water to remove the discoloring and this works fine. My question is...can I add a spoonfull of cream of tartar to the canner while I am canning? Kinda kill two birds with one stone. Would the steam from doing this affect the lids?

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Old 09-13-2006, 12:08 AM   #2
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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My water is so hard I have to chew it--I use a couple tablespoons of white vinegar.

I rinse my hair with it, too--couple tablespoons in a big cup of water, then rinse with plain water so you don't smell like a salad. :) The softest, shiniest hair ever.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:01 AM   #4
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I have an All American canner and live in a hard water area. The canner and the racks are always discoloring. I simmer cream of tartar in water to remove the discoloring and this works fine. My question is...can I add a spoonfull of cream of tartar to the canner while I am canning? Kinda kill two birds with one stone. Would the steam from doing this affect the lids?
Cream of Tartar is a crystalline structure which could cause problems with lid sealing and/or removing the rings from the jars.

A better solution would be to add 3x as much white vinegar as you would cream of tartar to the water - it will not crystallize but will do the same thing.
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