Giveaway: Blossom Trivet from Spice Ratchet

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It’s 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 my heart, particularly since it doesn’t impart any funky particles into the water and looks just as good now as the first day I got it.

In fact, the only minor issue I’ve had is that when it’s left in a pot of boiling water with no jars holding it down, it can sometimes float. However, a quick maneuver with a jar lifter and it’s back in place and ready to lift and pad the jars again.

Awhile back, I got an email from the spokesperson at Spice Ratchet, the company that makes the Blossom Trivet, delighted with the new use I’d found for their product. They offered to sponsor a giveaway, to help spread the trivet love even further. I have five (5) trivets to give away to a handful of lucky winners.

If you’re interested in entering the giveaway, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your canning rig. Are you a traditional canning pot user? Or have you cobbled together something more interesting?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, September 14, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Spice Ratchet is providing five Blossom Trivets for this giveaway. They sent me an assortment of their mini blossoms for testing purposes. I’ve not been paid to host this giveaway and my opinions remain my own.

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697 Responses to Giveaway: Blossom Trivet from Spice Ratchet

  1. 651
    Jennifer says:

    I use my grandmother’s big old canning pot when canning pint or quart jars; if I’m doing a small batch of jam I use a stock pot. Would love to give the blossom trivet a try!

  2. 652
    Melanie says:

    I have replaced the racks that come with the big waterbath canners. And I HATE the replacements! They don’t raise up and hook on the top of the canner like the originals did. The handles fall down into the boiling water and then they’re a pain (literally!) to retrieve. That silicone trivet looks great! I’ve looked at a stainless steel one and it’s going to be an investment!

  3. 653
    Leah DeLuzio says:

    My husband is our resident canning guru. He uses a pressure canner and uses mostly traditional methods. We are newer to canning but LOVE it!! Thanks for the chance! :)

  4. 654
    Marge Jacques says:

    I use an old cloth (clean) because I only can a few jars at a time. It’s not the best thing, constantly floating! This trivet sunds like the “cats meow”

  5. 655
    Jennifer says:

    I use a traditional canning rack, and in its third year of use it is DEFINITELY starting to shed some creepy particles. Time for a replacement!

  6. 656
    Evee M says:

    I don’t have anything fancy, just my mom’s hand-me-downs.

  7. 657
    Alice says:

    For the quarts, I use my mother’s canner. I found a stainless steel pot that I now use for the smaller jars or smaller batches. I still need a trivet. This looks like a great idea.

  8. 658
    Bethany says:

    I have a traditional canning pot, but sometimes, when I’m canning just a couple of jars, I wish I had a trivet or cake rack that would fit into the bottom of my big soup pot. Every time I go to the store, I look, but so far, no luck. Thanks for the chance!

  9. 659
    Crissy B says:

    I would love this to replace my rusting canning rack. Not a big fan of it anymore since I use different size jars and they tend to fall through it or too big. I recently bought the 4th burner pot for canning small batches and absolutely love it!!

  10. 660
    Angela Hanley says:

    I have a giant (giant!) canning pot with a rack that I normally use. I have frequently wanted to make a smaller batch of something with a smaller pot. But, not having a smaller rack was problematic. This would be grand!

  11. 661
    robyn says:

    I use a big pot. I used to use a round cake rack but was inspired by your spice ratchet post. I bought one, but would love another – did you notice how can put multiple blossoms together? One blossom is not big enough to fill up the bottom of my bottom so a second would be great!

  12. 662
    Glenda says:

    This looks like a great trivet! I have a traditional canning setup with which I have canned tomatoes, green beans and jelly. From looking at your postings, I have a lot more options for using my canner. I can see where using a trivet like this one would be helpful, and why this company appreciated your use of it so much as to share some with your readers! Thanks!

  13. 663
    Edward Magel says:

    I stay pretty traditional, the way my sister taught me. Blue agate ware canning kettle.

  14. 664
    Jonathan says:

    I use a large grannyware stock pot as my hot water bath. I’ve tried rings (half-pints always tip over), dish towels (led to painful burns, steam got trapped under the towels and released when I added a jar, ouch), and considered a cake cooling rack but have yet tofind one that is just the right size. Really like the look of those silicone trivets! Looks like that’ll be just what I need.

  15. 665
    Chelsea says:

    I just started canning this year, so I’ve only been using dish cloths in place of a canning rack!

  16. 666
    Alda says:

    I also used a wire cake rack – it works alright – but this trivet is cool!

  17. 667
    Jackie says:

    I recently started canning and I love it. I should have learned sooner. I had to teach myself how to can and the tips I’ve gotten from you have really helped, a big thanks to you! I use a large pressure canner and it has a trivet that sits in the bottom. If I want to make a smaller batch with smaller jars the trivet doesn’t fit in the smaller pot I have. I would love to win the blossom to try smaller batches and test out new recipes. I just recently stumbled upon your page and it’s so inspiring to see that there are many other people out there canning, gardening, caring for the environment, living sustainably, sharing and encouraging it with others! And, having SO much FUN doing it all! It’s also nice to see other young people doing it. I’m 25 and all my close friends think I’m crazy that I’m out scratching in the dirt growing my own produce when they just go to the super market to get their food. Once they come over for dinner and try the food I’ve grown they understand though! I love using the recipes from your book and links on the blog! They are going to make perfect gifts come this holiday season! I applaud you for taking the time to do a blog and even a book about it all.  I would love to have a blog documenting and sharing my endeavors but there isn’t enough time in the day! Thank you for being a good teacher and inspiration to keep canning and try new recipes! Keep it up, don’t stop.
    -Jackie

  18. 668
    Sue says:

    I just received your book in the mail on Wednesday and am LOVING looking at it! Can’t wait to try some of the recipes…hopefully this weekend (the cantaloupe jam is first up, I think). My setup is a basic stock pot with a few canning rings tossed into the bottom for a rack.

  19. 669
    Julia in St. Paul says:

    Like many of us, I’ve cobbled together a few options, depending on the size of the batch. Traditional canner, an enamelware pot with it’s colander-like insert, and an old RevereWare pot with a cotton dishcloth in the bottom. The last one is the most challenging, as the dishcloth resembles a stingray evading capture when the water is boiling and one is trying to lower the jars. A silicone trivet sounds like an excellent replacement!

  20. 670
    Theresa Murphy says:

    For quarts I use the traditional graniteware pot with included rach. It is definitely beginning to show some signs of aging! When I have just a few jars, I will use my 8-quart all-clad pad with a tea towel in the bottom and then my round, metal cooling rack on top of the towel. The first time I did it in this pot without the towel and got rust spots from the feet of the rack in my fancy pot! So the towel is now part of my canning kit. This silicone one would eliminate the need for the towel! (hint, hint)

  21. 671
    Sharon Anton says:

    I use the same canning pots I’ve had for ages. Thinking about investing in some new since my husband keeps appropriating them for dog treats.

  22. 672
    Amy D says:

    I am new to canning and I don’t have a great set-up yet. This trivet would be a fantastic help.

  23. 673
    Jenn B says:

    This is my first year of canning and I love it! I have a big pressure canner that this silicone trivet would work great in! Neat idea.

  24. 674
    samW says:

    just a big old pot for my water bath…this trivet is beautiful!

  25. 675

    Holy cow! I was just talking to my friend about designing something for the bottom of my canning pot, as I hate the rack that comes with it that is just useless for quart jars (and hard to get the jelly jars out w/ tongs). That is way cool. My friend uses a round cookie rack in hers but this is way awesomer. Yes, awesomer. In the meantime, I have bypassed waterboiling a lot of the time because if everything is hot enough, they often seal without it. But would much rather have the trivet!

  26. 676
    Stefanie S says:

    I typically use an old Mirro 23 quart canner but for smaller batches I like to use a stock pot. Maye this trivet is the answer I”ve been looking for. None of the racks I have fits in there well and it’s always iffy about the jars staying upright all the time.

  27. 677

    Ooooh, I covet the trivet. I’ve got a mostly traditional set-up. But I cobble things together if I’m doing a small amount and don’t feel like pulling out the whole she-bang.

  28. 678
    Olivia says:

    I’ve been using a large canning pot and rack, except the rack doesn’t fit in the pot properly, so my little jars have this obnoxious tendency to weasel their way UNDER the rack while processing. I’m on the lookout for a new contraption. This looks like it could to the trick!

  29. 679
    Katie Forbes says:

    I just recently found your blog, and have enjoyed reading it. I’m not new to canning, but am a bit out of practice. This silicone trivet sounds terrific because I don’t like the way the handles on the stock racks fall in while you’re moving the jars.

  30. 680
    Kelsey says:

    I use a huge canning pot with rack that used to belong to my great uncle. The rack is too hard to lift out as its kindof stuck and starting to rust big time. I would love to try something new!

  31. 681
    RachH says:

    I met you at the Chicago Food Swap last month and mentioned this since it’s kind of strange, but I inherited my late grandmother’s canning setup last year. It’s an enameled stockpot fitted with a rack my grandpa made for her out of chicken wire (and I have to sure to remove it from the pot with the jar lifter immediately when I’m done processing–I want to avoid it rusting or corroding away, since I could not easily replace it and the memories are huge). This trivet would be great to use instead though to ensure I don’t ruin it and can show my kids one day how their great grandma used to can.

  32. 682
    Jenn Pedersen says:

    I pew pewed canning for all my life. My Mom and Grandmother were both advice cankers and probally would of had loads of advice if I would of been more open to that. Now after years past and money so tight I am a self taught canned novice. I’m muddling my way through this and just been falling basic canning guidelines so far. Living in Oregon has so many bonuses and some Ive looked past. Well its a different time and when neighbors say ” I have a box of peaches do you want them ” or would you like to come pick my ” picked” strawberry field for straglers you say “yes be right there”. With this over load in produce I had to think quick on ways to preserve.

  33. 683
    AGinPA says:

    Yeah, I’ve got one of those racks that came with the canning setup and it’s flaking on me. Yuk. Yours is a beautiful alternative.

  34. 684
    Angie says:

    I have a big vintage canning pot that I found for a buck at a sale. What a score! It’s awesome and reminds me of the lobster pot we used when I was a kid. : )

  35. 685
    Sandy O says:

    Traditional canning pot with a metal racks. And of course, it’s flaking. Would really like one that behaves!

  36. 686
    Jennifer says:

    I have a pressure canner, and an enamel water bath canner. Both I acquired over time in my attempts to become better at homesteading. I use the racks they came with, because, well, they came with them, LoL. :-)

  37. 687
    Cissa says:

    My canning set-up is pretty traditional: a 5-gallon stainless pot, a cake rack (rusty and sad), and lots of water. At some point I hope to get a pressure canner and get comfortable with that… or maybe a 7-gallon pot.

  38. 688
    momchelle says:

    I’ve always used a kitchen towel in the bottom of the pot- like my Grandmother did, but I’m willing to update. I’m flexible that way.

  39. 689
    Emma says:

    I’m traditional all the way. I can with my mom in her grandmother’s pot!

  40. 690
    Melanie says:

    I have a big old stockpot with a pasta insert that works ok, but there are inevitable boil-overs when I try to process pint jars, not that that deters me. If I had this trivet, the jars would sit about an inch and a half lower, and not as much mess!

  41. 691
    Maura says:

    I have a stock pot (gumbo pot) and put a really cheap, crappy, horrible rack at the bottom. Your post reminded me that I need to get a trivet! *rolls lucky dice and hopes for a win*

  42. 692
    Sandy says:

    I can with a traditional enamel water bath pot and also a pressure canner, both purchased from garage sales.

  43. 693
    Lyra says:

    Maybe I’ll Make it!
    I mostly use ball jar lids, or borrow a canning pot from a friend. But I would love to have a handy one of my own ;)

  44. 694
    nancy machaj says:

    I have a stock pot that I can in, and I use a wash cloth at the bottom instead of a rack. I sure do wish I had a trivet! :)

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