A New Canning Rack

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My favorite canning pot is a basic stock pot with a flat rack dropped into the bottom. I moved to this system a few years ago, after rusting through a traditional enameled pot. The one weak point in this set-up has always been rack. I typically use a round cake cooling rack and I’ve found that I have to replace it at least once a season because it eventually rusts into pieces. What’s more, as it rusts, it releases metallic crud into the water that leaves residue on the outside of the jars. It was not ideal.

trivet canning rack

As I thought about how to solve this problem, the idea of a silicone disk popped to mind. It would be resistent to the heat levels, would do the job of lifting the jars out of contact with the heat and if it had enough holes in it, would also allow the water to circulate sufficiently around the jars. At first, I tried a basic round silicone trivet that I had in the drawer, but it wasn’t perforated enough and made a horrible amount of racket as the boiling water pushed it off the bottom of the pot.

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So I searched until I found this flexible, flower-shaped trivet. Made of silicone, it hits all the marks. It keeps the jars off the bottom of the pot, allows the boiling water past and doesn’t break down into the water. So far, it’s been positively ideal. And for $9.99, it was a fairly inexpensive solution to a problem that’s consistently vexed me.

What’s your most creative canning solution?

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92 Responses to A New Canning Rack

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    [...] Dansk pot is great for slightly smaller batches. I can fit four pint jars easily in it. I use my silicone trivet canning rack (middle picture) with both of those pots. The final pot is my beloved 4thburner pot. It can hold [...]

    • 51.1
      Thelma says:

      I’ve been wanting to can for a long time and after coming across your site a few days ago, I did my first canning tonight. I thought I’d try something simple – your homemade applesauce. I cut the recipe in half, added cinnamon and all spice, used a large regular pot with an old deep fryer basket for processing. Did everything exactly as per the instructions. My 2 1/2 lbs of apples yielded 2 pints and came out great!. I can’t wait to try the tomato jam and conserva – will do that this week-end.

  2. 52
    Morgan says:

    I purchased this exact and tried it last night for the first time. Couldn’t keep it flat in the pan, it kept folding up with the boiling water. What did I do wrong? Please help as I think this is a brilliant solution to the whole rack problem!

    • 52.1
      Marisa says:

      When nothing is sitting on top of the trivet, it may float. However, just grab a pair of tongs, flatten it out and place a jar on top of it. Problem solved.

  3. 53
    Allyson says:

    I didn’t have a rack to use the first time I canned, but I had inherited roughly 3000 canning lids. So, I twist-tied a bunch of them together, and, so far so good. They’ve gotten a little rusty, but I dry them well after every use, and they have lasted nearly a year.

  4. 54

    Marisa, I have been looking through your blog and haven’t found an answer to my question – I usually only can small amounts at a time – usually just pint or half-pints and I find that my jars tip over a lot. Other than filling up empty jars with water next to those filled w/what I am to preserve, do you know of any other types of canning racks that will help with tippy jars?

  5. 55

    [...] been nearly nine months since I switched from using a round cake cooling rack for my canning rig to the silicone trivet you see above and I wouldn’t go back for anything. I love the trivet at canning rack with all [...]

  6. 56
    Cynthia lupo says:

    Hi marissa,
    Are you just putting jars in water bath on trivet with no traditional rack/jar holder?
    And the jars are touching? Won’t they break?

  7. 57
    Jessica says:

    I saw on another blog where the person used a kitchen towel on the bottom of her pot to put the small amount of jam jars she was canning onto. I thought that sounded like a good idea, though some of the jars looked to be tilting through some of the canning process.

  8. 58
    Gary says:

    I love the design, very mid-century modern!

  9. 59
    Beth says:

    Right now I use the traditional wire rack, but I find it really annoying and difficult to use. I would LOVE to try something like this. It looks much simpler!

    Thanks!

  10. 60
    Julia Holden says:

    This is a wonderful problem solver. I can’t wait to try it out!

  11. 61
    Gina Rutherford says:

    I would love to win one of these happy trivets. I’m not sure if this is where I’m to post for a change to win one but here goes.

    For the past 20 years I have been using an old lobster pot for all my canning needs. It came with a big rack inside so that’s where I put my jars. It’s not bad, it fits 6 quart sized jars. But I’d sure love this little trivet instead of the cumberson basket and I think I’d be able to fit one more jar without it.

    :-))) Gina

  12. 62
    Glenajo Shambeck says:

    This is my first successful canning year. I used a borrowed pot with a rack in it. I’d love to try the silicone trivet.

  13. 63
    Nan says:

    Brilliant! Can’t wait to get one and try this. I’ve tried various round cake cooling racks (chrome, black), tying together bamboo skewers (time consuming!), folded dish towels, old canning jar rings tied together with twine, and even a silicone pot-holder (which melted a bit while I was processing the filled jars and left a slick, oily sheen on the jars and inside the pot). This looks much more adaptable to different size pots. Hurrah!

  14. 64
    Nicole Strauss says:

    Would love to use the trivet! I just started with canning and using cake rack. Just noticed last night that there was rust forming on rack and leaving marks in pot, yuck!

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    Kathleen says:

    I have canning problems but no great canning solutions to contribute. However this trivet may just solve one of my issues. I haven’t had a great rack for my pot. I’ve resorted to using the flat colander that fits in my canning pot. The problem is that it sits about 4 inches off the bottom which means I have a hard time canning tall jars. This could be the solution I need. Ohhhh pick me.

  16. 66
    Anna Webb says:

    Hey Marisa,
    I love your trivet fix. I have been using rings in the bottom of my canner (which grew to a BIG stock pot this year) since the one that came originally in my enamel one died the first season, the welds on it did not hold. Also, I found that regular mouth jars didn’t fit in it as well as wide mouth ones and I would be doing 6 instead of 7. I have done the tea towel in the bottom and have even used marbles, which was great, but my youndgest son demanded custody of his precious orbs back and so I was reduced again to rings. Thanks so much for the great idea, it’s wonderful!

  17. 67

    [...] canning rack (which I use for big batches).  I use this silicone trivet (great recommendation from Food in Jars), but you can also create a layer of bands from jars at the bottom of a pot.  In a pinch, [...]

  18. 68

    [...] We’ve known for a while now that Blossom Trivet works well in for canning purposes, thanks to Marisa at Food In Jars: [...]

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    [...] We’ve known for a while now that Blossom Trivet works well in for canning purposes, thanks to Marisa at Food In Jars: [...]

  20. 70
    Leanne Campbell says:

    What is the diameter of the silicone blossom trivet? I have Marisa’s book but can’t find info on the trivet.
    I have a Fagor 10 qt pressure cooker and need a rack as it did not come with one.
    Thanks

  21. 71

    […] canning rack (which I use for big batches).  I use this silicone trivet (great recommendation from Food in Jars), but you can also create a layer of bands from jars at the bottom of a pot.  In a pinch, […]

  22. 72

    […] At the canning demonstration you raved about using a silicone Blossom Trivet, which we are including in our giveaway. Tell us a little bit about your discovery of this handy […]

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