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Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

I was surprised by the diameter of the burner of this unit. I was expecting it to be much smaller than it actually was. The burner was a good inch bigger in diameter than my pot. Granted this was a prohibitively small pot, though I would have taken more height over more width. Given that I think the guidelines suggest that your pot can be upwards of 2 inches bigger in diameter than your burner diameter and will still allow for safe canning, it seems as if this is one of the larger "hot plate" options. I can't speak to whether the heat is distributed evenly across the whole burner; I'm sure there are hot spots. But, it had no trouble keeping a rapid boil. I actually had to keep turning it down!

Nov 06, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

Hi all,
I just thought I'd return to let everyone know what I ordered.

I wound up getting an Max Burton induction burner. What sealed the deal was a posting in which a person said he used the burner for making beer after he spoke with someone at Max Burton who said that while the warranty for the burner only allows for 15-20 pounds to be put onto it, he (the Max Burton representative) himself had stood on the burner and didn't break it.

Anyway, I used my All Clad on stove top to actually cook the jam, and then used a cheapo canning pot and the burner for the water bath processing. My only complaint was that the 8 quart pot was short enough that it was difficult to maintain a boil using pint canning jars and not have the pot boil over. I think I'll likely get a larger/higher pot since they are so inexpensive, as dealing with the pot constantly boiling over was annoying.

Other than overcooking the jam a bit, which was no fault of the burner, things worked out great. Thanks!

Nov 05, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking
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Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

So, after everyone's great feedback I'm thinking that perhaps the way to go is to try to find a "cheap", i.e. $75-ish induction burner that hopefully has at least a 20lb. weight limit and that hopefully has a decently wide heating diameter. I am then going to buy one of those inexpensive canning vessels that seem to be much lighter in weight than my All Clad, and which I'll be less heartbroken over wrecking. I'll start small and see how that goes. If that's a complete waste then I guess I can revisit the idea of using my stove top. Thanks for all of the feedback!

Oct 22, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

The induction ones definitely seem to (at least according to other reviews, and according to recommendations I've seen on canning sites). But, I'm unclear whether the electric coil hot plates, which perhaps can handle more weight, can sustain a boil with this much water for this long. I've never tried so I'm just going off of what I can find online.

Oct 22, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

Hi, sorry, yes...I meant to say an 8qt. pot

Oct 22, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

vegan spaghetti and meatballs

Wow, thanks for sharing! I've never used tofu for vegetarian meatballs before so I'm definitely interested in trying this. Thanks!

Oct 22, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

Thanks! I think I saw these guidelines earlier today and was looking into the measurements for both the pot and the burner to make sure I wouldn't exceed the diameter recommendations. If I used my glass top stove I would be fine, since my large burner is wide.

That said, I wonder if I'll still struggle with the weight issues, since an 8 gallon pot filled with water would have 16lbs. of water alone in it, not including the weight of the pot and the weight of the filled jars. Perhaps I should focus on finding an induction/electric burner with a higher weight limit than 20lbs. if I'm going to go that route.

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Whipped Bake Shop

Thought we had done that (it was actually a 90+ degree day) but it's possible that my sister's in laws, who were the ones who dropped off the cake, didn't leave it out as long as I had thought. Thanks!

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

Thanks for this information! I'll look into the gardenweb.com post. And, perhaps I am just planning to use a pot that is way bigger than I need, meaning I don't need to worry about the weight/pot diameter issues I am worried about on the induction burner.

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

Hi Gourmanda,
Yes, those are problems that I have heard. I know that you need to make sure that you have an appropriate flat bottom vessel, which I have covered. And, it seems like as long as you are able to maintain a boil you should be okay regarding the issue of the element cycling on and off, though I know it isn't ideal.

Thanks!

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Whipped Bake Shop

Do you mind my asking what their other option is? I'm guessing it is "American" buttercream, i.e. buttercream with butter, confectioner's sugar, etc. and no eggs, in which case is sounds like you and I got the same ones. Perhaps we just didn't allow ours to warm up enough.

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Indoor water bath canning on a hot plate (induction or electric) vs. glass stovetop

Hi,

I'm hoping to start water bath canning and hit a roadblack of sorts last week when I realized that canning on a glass stovetop (what I have) is not recommended. I've been going back and forth between whether to risk cracking or shorting out my stovetop by just proceeding to can on it using appropriate equipment (i.e. a flat bottomed pan, not too big/heavy, rotating burners) or whether to purchase a separate hot plate for canning. I've decided to go with the hot plate and am trying to find one that can keep a decent sized pot at a consistent boil for long enough to can safely. I don't want to spend a lot of money on this--I'd like to keep it under $100-- and while I think that induction will give me a surface with more even heat, I haven't been able to find one that has a heating element nearly large enough for my pots or that can hold much weight. Would I be better off trying to find an electric hot plate if it is larger? I'm not looking to can in huge batches or do large jar canning, but I still plan to use a pot that's going to exceed 20lbs. when filled and that will likely have a base diameter of 10+ inches. Any suggestions? Every time I go to order my supplies I find myself paralyzed by the anxiety of what to do! I don't want to give anyone botulism, I don't want to wreck my stove, I don't to wreck my All Clad pots (though probably won't use them for canning), and I don't want to waste money on something that won't work.

Thanks!

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Whipped Bake Shop

Hi,
After much deliberation I purchased my sister's baby shower cake from Whipped Bake Shop 3 years ago. I know that we had vanilla buttercream on the inside, and had a vanilla cake, but I honestly cannot remember if we had raspberry between the layers or what. That said, it was very good, but I felt like their buttercream was a bit too buttery and dense (unlike other meringue based buttercreams this one never seemed to soften as much as I would like, which made it taste a little too much like butter) and I'm not sure that I'd go out of my way to purchase from them again. It was also pretty expensive. That said, this was a cake I was hauling up to Long Island, and I had spent several weeks trying to decide which bakery to use, so my expectations may have been unreasonably high.

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

vegan spaghetti and meatballs

I would love the lacto-ovo meatball recipe if you would be willing to share! Thanks!

Oct 21, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

new some new soupspiration...

My Dad made this cici (chickpea) soup for us from the back of the Cento chickpea can for the first time at least 15 years ago. My sister and I now make it regularly in our households. The soup is very basic and very good. We don't use the anchovy so it's vegan, and we halve the oil.
http://www.cento.com/recipes/soups/au...

Oct 14, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

new some new soupspiration...

Can you share the recipe (or a link to the recipe) for the vegan matzoh ball soup? Thanks!

Oct 13, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

This was how I interpreted what the website said as well. But Ttrockwood specifically said they made a veggie gummy bear, so I hold out hope this exists somewhere, though I have seen no sign of it anywhere

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Ack, sorry to be asking so many questions, but I am still confused about the gummy bears specifically. I don't see any gummy bear in their vegetarian range. Am I missing something?

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Short-term fridge/freezer rental

Thanks Buckethead. We actually lost our fridge/freezer completely twice now (while it was being fixed); it seems to be a yearly ritual for us! We had to resort to coolers and various forms of ice, which was aggravating to see the least. So, we're trying to avoid that if at all possible since we have a quite a bit of stuff that we'd need to store. Thanks!

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

I'm confused too!

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Short-term fridge/freezer rental

Does anyone know if there is a company that would rent a fridge/freezer for a short time...like a weekend or so? We have had a lot of problems with our freezer over the past several years. Multiple reputable companies have tried to fix it to no avail. It's a nice fridge/freezer (GE Profile, about 6 years old) and we don't want to get a new one. Right now there's a build up of ice from the freezer going up and down in temperature. We'd like to do a full defrost as we think that the compressor may now have ice build-up, but we need somewhere to put our stuff in the meantime. Coolers likely won't work because of the frozen stuff. If there is a company that might drop off and pick up a freezer for a very short time period for a reasonable amount we'd be very interested. Googling around I haven't found anything, but perhaps I'm not doing a very good job of searching. Taylor Rental doesn't appear to rent these (based on their website) but I may call them.

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Do you have a link for these MplM ary? perhaps a picture or something? On Amazon's UK site I can't seem to find any listings with ingredients. Ironically (since this is a website about American sweets in the UK), here is a listing for what I think are Haribo from the UK, but again no ingredient list:http://www.americansweets.co.uk/briti...

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

I wasn't able to find them on the websites for Fairway or Dean and DeLuca, though obviously they may carry them in the store without carrying them online. I'm very curious to find them if they exist, though!

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Thanks! I was hunting around online yesterday and while I found European Haribo products they all listed gelatin as an ingredient. You don't by chance have a picture of one of the bags that you could post, do you? Googling around I wasn't able to find any evidence of a Haribo gummy bear without gelatin, though people were commenting that the European version (the one that did have gelatin in it) had a different consistency.

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

I'm shocked to hear about this and will be on the lookout for the Haribo classics. Can you buy them in the US? The other vegan gummy bears I've had all have an odd sugared coating on them (generally creating a sweet and sour taste, kind of like sour patch kids) and don't really remind me of what I remember a gummy bear being like. Thanks!

Sep 25, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Local Wine & Kitchen, Ardmore

Has anyone been to Local Wine & Kitchen in Ardmore? I drive by frequently and have read some Yelp reviews which are mixed. I never went to Cafe San Pietro, which was in the spot previously. I had gone to their "sister" restaurant down the road, Positano Coast, twice, and it was honestly horrible. Apparently the son of the owner of Positano Coast and the former Cafe San Pietro is running Local Wine & Kitchen. Anyway, just curious if anyone has eaten here yet.

Sep 24, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Taste Differences in Italian and Swiss Meringue Buttercreams?

It looks like the Bettercreme has dairy (sodium caseinate) in it, so it might not work for those with milk allergies or those who don't eat dairy. Just thought I'd mention this in case you didn't see it in the ingredients.

Sep 17, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Is Kosher Cheese also Vegetarian (i.e. without animal rennet?)

Since I originally posted my question (wow, 7 1/2 years ago) I have noticed that many of the cheeses I buy are more clearly labeled than they had previously been, meaning the source of the rennet is often named. I agree that many cheeses I personally have an interest in seem to contain macrobial rennet, though I also agree that I haven't come across a decent Parmigano, Locatelli, or other hard Italian cheese which clearly states that it does not include animal based rennet. Thanks!

Sep 03, 2014
Laura D. in Kosher

Not Your Average Joe's -- Glen Mills

Thanks for the review CindyJ. A location of NYAJ is opening very close to my house, and while I too tend to avoid chain restaurants, I'm looking forward to the possibility that another "decent" restaurant is coming to the area. Thanks!

Aug 02, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia