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Message Board > Miscellaneous > OT- Canning on a gas range ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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OT- Canning on a gas range
Amana says not to...why?
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Date: 7/21/05 9:46 AM

This is totally off-topic, but I need some input from those wiser than me.
We have an Amana gas range from about 2003 (it came with the house). It's stainless steel with what appears to be an enamel top. In the owners manual, there's a sentence about not doing any home canning on it.

Any idea why this would be? Am I going to do damage to the stovetop if I do use it for canning?

Your thoughts are appreciated!

Becky

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Date: 7/21/05 10:08 AM

There are several kinds of home canning. If you're going to be boiling jars of jam or tomatoes for 10 minutes, I don't see how this is any different from boiling a pot of spaghetti. Maybe they're talking about canning meat, where you need a pressure cooker and special equipment. For what it's worth, I've done the jam and tomatoes kind of canning on a gas range with no problems.

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Date: 7/21/05 10:58 AM

This is a peculiar warning! Here are some thoughts:

1) The burners might not be designed for LARGE pots like those used in canning. Maybe the Amana people think it would be a safety hazard with a large pot of boiling water, due to a chance of tipping over, somehow.

(My mother burned herself badly canning corn, so it's important to be very careful, obviously.)

2) Maybe the burner doesn't have enough BTUs to get HOT enough to boil a large pot of water...? This does seem unlikely, however, with gas...I actually had an electric stove once that wouldn't get hot enough for canning. As you know, it is essential to maintain the boil for a period of time, for food safety reasons.




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Date: 7/21/05 11:21 AM

I have a gas cook-top, non commercial,(not a lot of BTU's and have done a lot of canning on it. It doesn't matter if it takes longer for the water to boil because you don't start your timing until the water comes back to a boil after putting in your jars.

I think the warning may be about the enamel cooktop. I have a propane gas stove in our trailer with a white enamel cooktop and used a larger fry-pan on one of the burners. The pan kept in the heat and the enamel around the burner turned brown However the brown came off with a paste of baking soda and water and a little elbow grease. Perhaps this is what the warning is about.

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Date: 7/21/05 11:33 AM

I have definitely read something about smoothtop stoves not suitable for canning. Don't know exactly why, maybe something to do with the heating? The electric coil burners sure do boil water in a pot a LOT faster than on a smoothtop.

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Date: 7/21/05 11:56 AM

Thanks for your responses! I'm just planning to do tomato sauce, jams, and the like- no meat or anything like that. I think I will try a small batch of something that doesn't need process for very long and see what happens.

Thanks again, everyone!

Becky

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Date: 7/21/05 11:57 AM

Becky,
I don't have a clue as to why they would give you this caution but I know all these manufacturers have help telephone lines. I'd give them a call and ask! If you do, let us know what they say -- I'm curious!

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Date: 7/21/05 12:05 PM

becky, i put up jam every year (lots of it, 50 jars or so, and various kinds), and dh has started with salsa. i have a jenn air cooktop (gas), and haven't had any trouble, so i'm thinking it's something with the enamel too. it takes a l-o-n-g time to get that huge pot of water to a boil, so make it worth it and do a lot!

i used to can on an electric stove too, and didn't have problems, but it was ancient. (jenn air makes a 'big pot' element for their electric cooktops and stoves, specifically for canning. i asked them to make a gas one too).

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Date: 7/21/05 12:17 PM

When I get home tonight, I will dig out the manual and find that particular line so that I can call Amana tomorrow.
I'll be sure to let you all know what I find out!

Becky

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Date: 7/21/05 2:42 PM

You can can (bad sentance structure there - how about "have the ability to can" ) on a smooth-top stove. You have to be somewhat carefull on your container selection. My enamal hot-water canner was not appropriate because it didn't make enough contact (indented center). So I use my pressure-canner for both pressure canning and for hot-water bath canning (which definitely takes more than 10 minutes of boiling).

My bet, although I don't have a gas stove, is that they are concerned the long duration of heat will damage the finish.

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