Using non-fowlers vacola jars in the unit..is it possible?
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I’m looking for an easier way to do fruit. I have many, many jars – mainly the pasta type. Could I use these (with new lids) in a Fowlers electric unit? Or can you only use Fowlers jars in the unit?
They’ll be fine, jaydatoo. New lids is a good idea, as you say, but check for chips around the top and the screw thread of the jar. If you can get ‘pop top’ lids, they’re easier to check the seal once processed.
Thanks Lady B 🙂
personally i do not agree about reusing supermarket jars: why would huge companies like Ball in the USA bother about making specifically designed preserving jars which are heavy duty with tested seals if everyone could just recycle jars bought from the supermarket? have you looked at the quality of the seal on those lids? commercially they may well be able to treat the product at high and quick heat to safely process it but to try to emulate that in a domestic kitchen, well i just don’t think it can be done safely. i have no problems with using jars again for pickles and jams etc and things that might be stored in the fridge but i think you are taking a big leap of faith to use something that has not been tested exhaustively like the Ball Mason jars. these jars have such a good seal, it even pops when you take it off an unprocessed jar!! we are learning more and more about safe preserving methods and i am yet to see a recipe book that promotes recycled jars as a safe and healthy way to prevent botulism.
Call me paranoid but even if it’s one in a million that is unsafe that’s a risk i am not willing to run.
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