Giveaway: Blossom Trivet from Spice Ratchet

September 11, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)

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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 thoughts on "Giveaway: Blossom Trivet from Spice Ratchet"

  • My rack at the bottom of the pot is way too tall. Something like this would be way better because it’s shorter and I wouldn’t have to fill the pot to a the rim to cover the jars by an inch!!

  • For large batches of jam or fruit, I use my 34 year old granite canner. Recently, I got a small rack to put in a stock pot for small batches. Since it doesn’t fit the bottom, this trivet would be great. Love your idea! I have made tons of jam this summer using your cookbook. It’s the best. A treasure, that is now marked with the date I made each recipe and my own notes. Thank you for such a quality book and blog.

  • I can’t even say what I use in my stock pot–it is a ridged piece of metal with some holes in it that my Mom gave me–I haven’t deduced its original purpose but it keeps the jars off the bottom and doesn’t float.

  • Like some of the others on here, I use a dish towel in my biggest soup pot, which is less than ideal! It floats around and causes weird spurts of water when the boiling gets enthusiastic. If I don’t win, I’m definitely asking for one of these trivets for Christmas!

  • For my big canner, I use the regular canning rack. But for smaller batches in my medium-sized pot, I’ve had to use rings tied together. Not ideal. This trivet would be perfect!

  • I use a canning pot with no rack, so one of these trivets would be perfect for me! Right now I just put 7 lid bands in the bottom of the canning pot.

  • I’m new to canning, so I’m using the basic Ball plastic basket you can get at the grocery store, but I think I’ve already worn it out, so I’d like to try something new and improved!

  • I use a traditional rack and large pot for boiling, but I’d like to downsize to a stock pot for small batches. My regular rack won’t fit, so I’d love to try out your favorite alternative!

  • I am kind of ghetto with canning. I just use whatever pot I can find that’s big enough, and I don’t really have anything to use for a rack that actually fits in a pot :/

  • I use a traditional canner which I am beginning to hate. I have definitely been thinking of moving to a system more like yours. Thanks

  • Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    I use my huge all-clad stock pot. It is nice and tall so I can stack jars on top of one another, which is great. I actually use a silicone trivet for my rack as well, albeit much uglier than yours.

  • for big jobs i use the standard blue granite ball canner that holds seven quart jars, but if it’s a smaller job i use a presto pressure cooker without the lid, then i don’t have to have my husband help me get the canner full of water onto the cooktop!

  • I have a pressure cooker which I’ve used once to can hot peppers. I never could get it up to pressure on my electric stove. So even though all my jars sealed, everyone has told me to throw out the contents. I want to use my pressure cooker as a water bath canner as well. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have hulled ten pounds of strawberries to make jam. Wish me luck. This trivet would be great in the bottom of the pot. Thanks.

  • waterA lovely indeed! I use a standard kit I’ve cobbled together over the years, replacing the old rusty graniteware set I inherited. I’ve got insanely hard water from our well and it eats through a metal can track every the years or so. Silicone is brilliant.

  • Just got a cobbled together rig of a large stock pot. I want to get a pressure canner once I really get a chance to start canning seriously (currently DIY inside and out of the house is keeping me too busy).

    Cheers!

  • I confess: I still use the traditional rig for bigger canning jobs. (Hey, it was my mom’s, so it’s got sentimental value.) I use the 4th burner pot for very small jobs, and a large Dutch oven with a dish towel for small quantities of half-pints. I would love to try the trivet–it would probably float a lot less than the dish towel!

  • I’ve been using my pressure canner for everyting, but for smaller batches my smaller stockpot would be perfect if I only had something to put on the bottom!

  • I am new to canning. I just started because my son’s girl friend has colitis and needs a gluten/starch free diet. Not many foods are available or are very expensive! We started with blackberry jelly and are now attempting tomatoe sauce! I just use a pot and a canning kit I bought at the store but tend to use the tongs to lift the jars rather than the round gizmo that came with the kit! It is rather bulky and awkward! Thanks for posting your new idea! It sounds much easier.

  • I’ve had all manner of canning rigs. Most of the “granny ware” pots rust within a few uses, as do the traditional canning racks that come with them. Very frustrating. I now have a large stainless steel pot, and use a variety of things on the bottom of my pot from a washcloth to tinfoil. Would love one of these. In fact it’s been on my Amazon wish list for about a year.

  • I use the standard enamel pot with the rack that goes with it. Both used to belong to my mother so they are what I grew up using as well.

  • I don’t have a canning rack, so I use those wire twisty-ties that come with bread bags to tie a couple of canning rings together (I always seem to have too many anyways.) That way, if I am canning in a really big pot, or a really little pot, I can adjust it to fit by adding or subtracting more rings!

  • i just started using the boyfriend’s beer brewing pot… which is huge enough that we got a 12″ cooling rack to go inside- this would be much prettier ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m using the traditional canning pots, large and small, but they are in need of replacement and I’m looking for new ideas.

  • i am new to the canning world! I am slowly making my way through some recipes. As of now, i am a pickler! i love making pickles and kimchi! This trivet would be a great start to my canning rig!

  • I have a huge 7 quart canning pot that I use for quarts and pints, but for small batches of jam in half-pint jars, I use my stock pot with a small wire cooling rack in the bottom. There’s just enough room for 4 jars with an inch of water over the top! Someday, when I can have a bigger garden, I’ll get a pressure canner.

  • I have the standard blue granite Ball canner, but I’m not a fan of the rack that came with it. I like to use the small 4-ounce jars, and unless I balance them just perfectly, they tilt and fall through the gaps. This silicone trivet would be the perfect solution!

  • I use the traditional big blue enamel pot and rack with a small rack for small jobs. I’d LOVE a trivet like this especially for the smaller canning jobs!

  • I’m fairly traditional right now, because I’m just learning how to can. I think I’ll get more adventurous when I get more comfortable.

  • I use a cobbled together colleciton of stuff. Big spaghetti pot, jar rings to sit the jars on, and so forth. I did buy a jar lifter a couple of years ago as that tool is hard to fake. Would love to have this to keep my jars lids from rusting when I use them in the bottom of the pot!

  • I use the seven jar standard canning pot & an all-clad pressure cooker. one of my biggest issues in canning, is getting a rack on the bottom for taller canning jars, bottles or using another taller pot with no rack, that won’t fit either rack from my canning pots. I have also rigged up canning lids, towels, cake trays. So funny, but true. I just now came upon this blog looking for just this type of rack. This Blossom Trivet from Spice Ratchet, seems great-adjustable & you can add to it. I read that it floats, but the weight of the jars when canning will keep it down. Sounds like a really useful item, not only for canning, but that’s what I will use it for. In & out of the pot. It looks easy enough to clean, just keep it that way. Also compact. I want 1 or 2 or…..

  • My setup’s pretty ghetto as well – a big stockpot that I usually make soup in is what I usually use, depending on how many jars I’m processing.

  • I’m a mixed bag. I have the standard gear and a pressure cooker. But I tend to only use those when canning large quantities. Smaller amounts go into any pot that’s clean and the jars fit. I use jar lids twisty tied together in those pots for a rack. They float too but I can customize for whichever pot I’m using.
    With all that I still wouldn’t say no to the trivet because I’m a kitchen gadget hoarder.

  • I use a pasta pot with the pasta insert when it’s just a few jars. When I’m working with the big 1/2 gallon jars I tempt fate and put them straight onto the bottom of the pot… I know, I know, a horrible idea! This trivet would solve all my problems!

  • This would be great for heating up jars, I use a turkey roasting pan to heat up my jars and lids, this would be wonderful, especially when if it won’t burn. My dishtowels all have burn holes in them from letting the pan run out of water, goodness, too many things on the fire at once and too many things to do.

  • I use the traditional metal rack that came with the pot. I hate how it puts rust and a yucky film on the jars. I was thinking of buying this trivet after your recommendation so I’d live to win one!

  • My canning pot is great when I’ve got 9 quarts of pickles to can, but I’d love something like this when I’m only making a few small jars of jam. The little jars fall through the the holes in my big canning rack and my ancient stove takes forever to heat up that big pot of water.

  • I’ve only done freezer jams and refrigerator pickles so far, not any “real” canning, but would love the pretty trivet!

  • I’m a pretty traditional canner. Although at times when I run out of space with my regular canners, I’ll throw a towel in the bottom to help with a boiling water bath batch.

  • I use the traditional canning pot with the metal rack. Yucko on the rust, but I guess it does the trick. This looks way better, though.

  • I use traditional equipment but I’m experimenting with a new stainless steel rack – switching back and forth between the new and the old one that rusts. The downside of the stainless steel one is that it doesn’t have dividers, so the jars bang against each other.

  • What havenโ€™t I tried, roasting pan, crab steamer, asparagus cooker (one jar at a time). This handy little tool would be a real improvement!

  • In my big canning pot I use the rack that it came with…but when I have a smaller batch I just use extra canning rings to line the bottom of the pot. LOVE the idea of using a trivet, though!

  • Hi Marisa, thank you for the awesome giveaway.
    Up until this year, I was totally traditional, but I’ve recently switched to doing more small batches with my canning and needed something smaller. First I tried using my pressure canner for waterbath and pressure canning, but I had two jars break in it and I’ve never had jars break before!! Also, it’s not really smaller, it would just make it so I needed to store one fewer pot. Then I found that the pot that I use for making Artisan Bread dough (in 5 minutes a day) fits 5 or 6 jars perfectly and takes a lot less time to get to a boil! Now I just need to find something else to make my bread dough in!

  • I use the traditional canning pot. I just started-I’ve only made strawberry jam and nectarine butter. I realized I did not need to buy equipment after I got your book. My first batch I used a gigantic pot to boil the jars and then the canning pot as well. Then I realized I didn’t need two giant pots on the stove. Oh well. We live and learn!

  • I have to admit… I just use a really big stock pot and don’t put anything in the bottom of it to keep the jars from rattling around. I’ve never had breakage, but I have had jars tip over (and one opened). Maybe I’ll learn my lesson someday.

  • I use the traditional rack that came with the canner, although I needed to cut the side to get seven jars in, it was just too tight. Maybe with the trivet, I could get in another jar, one could only hope.

  • I use a traditional enamel pot – but the rack it came with is sized for quart jars, and I rarely use those! So I’m left putting all kinds of strange things at the bottom to buffer the jars…

  • We’ve been using a cake rack at the bottom of a stock pot for boiling water canning, but it’s gotten rusty in places – this silicon trivet/rack is a brilliant solution!

  • Oh, I really want one of these. I have a regular ol’ enamel canning pot with the rack it came with, but you have to carefully balance the 1/2 pints (that I use most) and it is a pain. I would love this!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I actually use a stockpot and an old metal vegetable steamer of my grandmother’s. Sadly, I moved this summer and I can’t find my bigger stockpot so I’m making due with one of my Mom’s shorter pasta pots and this means I can’t really can anything larger than a half-Pint so I’m definitely in the market for a new system!

  • I use either my big traditional enamel pot with the canning rack that came with it, or my pasta pot with any number of things stuffed down at the bottom.

  • I have a large stockpot that I swiped from my mom, but I don’t have a jar lifter, funnel etc. I probably need to invest, sometimes it’s a little dangerous.

  • I’m a fairly traditional canner, but after one season of canning the metal contraption is already rusting! I’m so frustrated by that, part of the canning goal was to move away from disposable culture. I’m very intrigued by the silicon trivet, so thank you for sharing the word! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I use my big stockpots with a rack that I got with a canning kit. But the rack is smaller than my pots and I often just give up and put the jars straight in the pot. This trivet would certainly solve my problems!

  • I just tried canning for the first time this past weekend. I used a standard canning set bought from my local hardware store!

  • I have been using a set of silicone poaching cups, and it is not going very well. Silicone is genius and this trivet would change my life. To canning, not poaching. *unless the yolks are runny and delicious*

  • Recently upgraded from just a big stock pot to a canner with a rack for holding the jars. It is an improvement, but another step better would be wonderful!

  • I have a traditional canning pot, which I use for large canning loads and quart jars. I also have a stock pot which I use for canning, I don’t put anything on the bottom of the pan. The jars do jiggle around a bit but I haven’t had any issues. However, I’d love to try out the trivet! Thanks for the chance!

  • traditional enamel pot with rack, unless I’m making a small batch, then it’s my stock pot and a small round rack or dish cloth on the bottom.

  • The canning rack that came with my canning utensil set was too big for my pot so I was using a cake rack. It got horribly rusty and I was keeping an eye on garage and estate sale for a new one. Then I saw your post last year about this trivet so I added it to my next Amazon order. I agree with you that it works great except for that whole floating thing.

    I’d still like another one to give to a friend. She has an interest in canning and a fig tree covered with fruit…I have canning equipment. She’s freezing the figs until the heat lets up a bit.

  • I have a canning pot that I usually use but this past weekend I was making just 4 half pints of fig jam. Rather that fill that beast with water, I went the ‘stockpot with a tea towel lining the bottom of the pot’ route.

  • I am new to canning so i just swiped a big stock pot from my pop’s house. Most people here in Maryland have a couple they use only in the summer for cookin crabs, that look just like the ones you’d get in a canning set. But i usually end up just using a smaller plain old stock pot. I use left over rings to line the bottom, but find i am usually low on them since i m still building up my jar collection. I have taken to throwing some silverware in the bottom of the pot to balance the jars on. My dad says he saw my granny doing it when he was younger (since he always hung around on jam day to lick the plates she tested her jams set on lol). It works fine but can be a bit of a pain if they decide to shift >.<

  • I used my 12 qt stock pot with the canning basket from my pressure cooker (because that wasn’t deep enough for quarts) until very recently when my MIL gave me a new canning pot with a rack. I’ve also canned with nothing under my jars – a no-no and it makes the process louder!

  • Usually I use a traditional canning pot and the rack that came with it, but I really hate that rack. Last time I used the vegetable insert that came with my pressure cooker in a large stockpot. It worked great for half pints, but whenever I do something bigger, I go back to the canning pot & rack. I love the idea of the silicone trivets!

  • I have been using the main pot to my Ikea multilevel steamer with a mini canning rack from the wonderful Portland Homestead Supply. I love the idea of just lowering the jars in individually and not trying to fish the handles of the canning rack out of boiling water.

  • I’ve actually seen one of these used before and it looked lovely. I recently used another silicon trivet, but without the holes, the water doesn’t boil quite right and I have spillage over the edge. I think the holes in the trivet would make this work well.

  • i would consider myself a basic beginner with the whole canning deal. however this product looks helpful and fun.:) thanks for sharing about it!

  • I would love this trivet! Currently, I use a large stock pot or pressure cooking (depending on what I’m canning), but only have a small circular rack to go in the bottom. Which means that some jars tilt a little if they’re close to the edge.

  • I have been using the standard graniteware canner and the rack has seen better days. The rack has only been through 3 canning seasons and yet the “funky particles” have come to invade in full force! It’s time for a creative change!

  • We use the pressure cooker and original wire basket from my mom-mom. With over 4 decades of calcium deposits, we could definately use something new! What a great idea!

  • I use a large pot I already had, plus a round cake rack that fits well in the bottom. But already, after only my first season of canning, the rack is rusting at the seams! Silicone seems like a good solution.

  • I’m old school, I use a triditional canner with the rack that came with it. The rack is a bit rusty, the silcone trivet would be a great replacement!

  • Just a large stockpot with a 10″ canning rack in the bottom. The trivet would work better for quart jars though because my stockpot is not quite tall enough to fit the canning rack, the jar, and leave enough water on top of the jars without constantaly boiling over.

  • Wow, what a cool idea. I have a traditional enamel canning pot, but it lives out in the garage and I don’t like to pull it out unless I’ll be processing a lot of jars, like for applesauce or peaches. When I make jam, I usually only make a few jars worth, and I’ve been using a big stock pot that lives in our kitchen all the time, with a steamer basket in the bottom, but it tends to tip over easily if you have more than 2 jars in it. This trivet sounds like a great idea!

  • I use a large double burner water box from lehmans. I could use this trivet on the random times I need to put a few jars in above the rest. Very cool!

  • I use a traditional canning pot with a rack inside. But when I have small batches I use a small stockpot and this trivet will fit perfectly in my stockpot. Thanks for the idea and the giveaway.

  • Love this idea. I’ve used steamers, jar lid rings tied together. Never thought to use a silicone trivet. Great ideas come from great websites. Thanks so much!

  • love it! I’m so mad at my round-cake-cooling-rack-as-canning-ring….it’s starting to leave little rust spots on the bottom of my canning pot. I need something good, and fast! This would be perfect.

  • I bought a traditional set up this year because I thought I had to have one. Little did I know. I would love to get one of these as they look great and have tons of uses. Thanks!

  • My ‘canning kit’ is totally cobbled together. I use a big old stock pot and a found rusted metal trivet 2 inches smaller than the pot. It’s not a pretty sight. My jars giggle and lean….