canning on smooth top stove ??????? HELP

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  1. hintonlady

    hintonlady Well-Known Member

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    I have a lovely smooth top stove my husband got at an auction. The problem arose when his mother mentioned that I may not be able to can on it due to the weight of the jars, water and equipment. I guess these stoves may have a sort of weight limit to prevent the top from breaking/cracking.

    Having bought this at an auction I have zero paperwork on it. I have a nice garden coming in and am sure the meat I am raising will fill my freezers.

    Do any of you have a similar stove or know anyone who has tried it? In this modern day and age so few people revive or use archaic traditions. I am sure a smooth top used for canning is not so common...............(heck try and find someone who makes bread anymore without a machine, of course I do: )
     
  2. suitcase_sally

    suitcase_sally Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't have one and won't buy one due to all the negative things I have heard about them. That being said, I think you may be able to can if you use one of the smaller one-layer type of canners. They hold 7 qts. or 9 pints in a single layer. Seems like that would take care of the weight issue.
     

  3. ceresone

    ceresone Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Nope--mine says not to can on it--not only weight, but the size-overlapping the burner. I hate it--and I still make all my bread by hand.
     
  4. CJ

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    I have one and I am not pleased with it... it requires some special cleaner to keep the glass clean. needless to say mine doesn't get it. So now it is all baked on and I can't get it cleaned :( . I have no love for this stove.
    The start button on the control thingy broke, it is just a little plastic bit, and the whole thing had to be replaced! it cost 200$ :flame:
    I will replace it as soon as I can afford it!
    I do can on it, and make cheese, but only single layers of jars, as suitcase_sally says 7qts at a time...
     
  6. madness

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    This came up in another thread a few weeks (or months) ago. I was surprised at all the comments from people hating their stoves...I LOVE MINE! It came with the house, so I didn't pick it, but I wouldn't trade it now! And I've canned on it as well (before "knowing better"). I only have a small canner, so I guess that's why I don't have any problems.

    Oh, and I've never used a special cleaner...? My mom has one too and when she gets "baked on" stuff, she just scrapes it off with a razor blade. Might give that a shot. But she does have some spots that are bad from sugary stuff falling on the stove. Apparently, that the worst thing to spill on the surface.
     
  7. keljonma

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    I have a used ceramic top GE that I purchased (without manuals) when we moved here to the farm. The woman I bought it from said it was 2 or 3 years old at the time, which would make it about 5 years old now. I have water bath canned on the stove, using a heavy pot with a flat bottom and haven't had any major problems. I do keep an eye on the water temp and level. This is only my 2nd canning "season" since we've moved here.

    I do miss my old gas stove for ease of cleaning. The cleaning kit I got for the stove came with a razor blade and cleaner/polish which I use it at most, once a month.

    BTW, I sometimes use my bread machine for kneading, but usually make my bread by hand - every Wednesday. ;)
     
  8. sammyd

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    I was told by the salesman that the problem was water trapped under the canner could damage the top. We have run our water bath and full sized pressure canner on it for 3 years without a problem. We just make sure we don't spill water on it and if something boils over we wipe it down quickly. (Can get little warm doing that though)
     
  9. T.K.

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    I have a ceramic top stove and have canned on it for at least ten years with no problems. I love mine, would never go back to drip pans etc. ugh. I use a razor blade and baking soda to clean mine.
     
  10. nandmsmom

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    I have a ceramic top stove that came with the house. I looked up the info on it by looking at the manufacturers website. Mine allows canning. I have done water bath and pressure canning on it for 4 years now. My understanding is that you need to have a flat bottomed canner (no ridges). You also need to be careful about too much weight. I have a 20 qt presto with a flat bottom that is designed to be used on a ceramic stove. I have yet to fill it, but have not had any problems yet. I would suggest you look for what the manufacturer says about canning for your model.

    As for cleaning, the only thing I use on mine is Bar Keeper's friend. It isn't expensive and works like a charm.

    heather
     
  11. paintlady

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    I have a regular top gas stove. It is three years old. It has heavy grates on the burners. When I bought it the manual said "No canning". It gave no reason. I have used it for canning without any problems or effects to the stove.
    I would think that weight would be a factor for a glass topped stove as canners, when full are very heavy.
     
  12. crashy

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    I hate my stove top!! I would rather clean the burners than have that glass top I just hate it!!! :flame:
    I can on a outdoor propane camp stove its a big one I believe its a Brinkman.
    You can also use a hotplate to can I have done that before just make sure its a big one so you have no problems with tipping. I had a double burner one once and it worked fine.
     
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    I have canned on my flat top stove for over 10 years without problems. I am careful to put canner on burner,fill with required water and then heat....and let it cool down unless DH is here to move it since it is pretty heavy with 7 qts. in it. We had some work done on our frig lately and I asked the Kenmore guy about it....hesaid it was no problem/doesn't void any warranties and rumors of the tops cracking are vastly overstated...urban legend? I love my stove...gives me extra counter space and I always roll my piecrust out on it!
    If you have ever had a gas stove and your darling hubby walked away when he was heating some honey you will appreciate a flat top stove!!!!!!!! Had to replace all the burners when the honey cooked into cement. DEE
     
  14. hintonlady

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    rolling out pie crust, holy awesome apple pie batman!! I am creative but that totally tops me : )

    thanks ladies for all the ideas. I like the stove for ease of cleaning. mostly I was just excited because I can use an old style glass coffee percolator on it. I hoped for a gas stove but with the prices of delivered propane I decided I would rather stress over a crappy electric stove (even if a nice one) instead of make my awesome guy stress over utility costs.

    I got the cleaning kit because I thought I had to. Honestly the razor is the best part. It has a spray cleaner that I often substitute with plain ole 409. The other cleaner is a polish that is like a liquid cleanser minus the gritty stuff. I am sure the stuff is not needed, just be careful with other stuff staining. (unless the burnt on gunk looks worse than a chemical stain: )
     
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    I have canned on my ceramic stovetop for years with no problems. It doesn't look "new" anymore, but it isn't new! Anyway, I figure if I ruin it then it wasn't worth anything anyway :shrug:
     
  17. oz in SC

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    mrs oz here :)

    I water bath can on mine, but I don't use my pressure cooker. According to the booklet on mine, it's a no no. So, if I'm gonna pressure can it's going to be outdoors on the propane burner we use when we fry turkey. Won't heat up the house either.
     
  18. Karen

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    You sure can crack the top of those stoves from the combination of the heat and weight. Here's what I use. I got mine on Ebay a couple of years ago for $15, I think it was. It heats up even my huge All American pressure canner to full pressure; and big water bath canner to a rolling boil, in no time. It is like a hotplate, but has a solid burner base, not a ring-type burner, so pots sit level and sturdy.
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  19. jessepona

    jessepona Food Not Lawns :p

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    Allrighty... I'm really glad I didn't get the smooth top stove I was wanting (we only have set up for a gas stove in our kitchen). I was thinking of the ease of keeping it clean, but man... no canning? That would be a pain!
     
  20. Bay Mare

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    Thanks for this! The house we bought already has a glass top stove and it already has a crack in one eye. I was worried about trying to can on it but maybe I will just get one of these burners instead. I also found them at Sam's for $18.87.

    http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?catg=535&item=367919&prDeTab=1#A

    AngelaW