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"

  • I’m a traditional canning pot user, but have been frustrated at how the wire rack limits the number of jars I can get in the canner. I’ve been just putting them in on the bottom and getting more in. I’ve only had one jar break, but I think it had to do with the age of the glass more than anything.

  • For most canning the traditional granite ware canner. But — if I’m just doing a few smaller jars my IKEA stockpot and the rack from my small pressure cooker work pretty well. It’s not really tall enough for more than half pints though.

  • I have a traditional setup- an old enamel pot with a drop down rack. I typically leave the rack in the water at all times (too much hassle lifting it up and down and too much potential for burnage!) and put all sorts of jars into it. It’s probably meant to be just for pints but I use it for quarts and half pints. I did break down and can jam in 4oz jars using jar lids and a smaller pot.

  • I have very minimal canning equipment so I use the traditional lift out rack. It is very difficult when you only have a couple of jars to do!

  • I have the traditional blue canning pot and finally got a rack. I had used lids, dish towels or, nothing at all…but I feel more credible now. :). Now that I think of it though,I have never used the rack to lift the jars out, I use the jar tongs.

  • I started with some canning rings tied together and then switched to a cake cooling rack like you described using. I’m feeling so much better about myself knowing you did that too : ) I’d love this!

  • I used a traditional canning thingy until it kept rusting on me so now I use a little plastic one. Just bought the 4th burner on your advice, but haven’t tried it out yet.

  • I have had 3 different jar racks, and I’m not pleased with any of them. The old fashioned ones had a wire between the jars, so they wouldn’t touch. The new ones do not, so I guess it’s OK. One of my racks is deep, which I like. The other rack is shallower but has silicone handles which I like. Sometimes it’s hard to grab those wires to lift them up. But my biggest complaint is that it is all so heavy to lift, sometimes the jars all fall a bit to one side when lifting out the whole rack of heavy quarts, and I’m afraid they won’t seal if they are jostled too much. So, you might as well take the bottles out one by one and not have to worry about the flimsy racks. I love your idea of a silicone trivet.

  • I use a wire rack that came from a second hand store. I have no idea what the original use of the item was, but it fits perfectly into my canning pot and keeps the jars off the bottom!

  • I am just starting out. So I am still putting things together. I was told that I needed a pressure canner, so that is what I got. However, I noticed that most canning instructions are for water baths (?). The newbie.

  • We used a traditional canning rack this year. We just left it in the boil water the whole time because it seemed easier than lifting it up and risking dropping the jars. We actually used your book this year for our canning recipes! Love your blog.

  • I’m a newbie so I go the traditional route, which is the wire rack. The trivet is a great idea, especially when you have a full load in the pot!

  • I use a traditional water bath canner, but I don’t use anything on the bottom, so this trivet idea is really interesting. I got my canner second hand and it came with an old rusty rack that we quit using partly because of the rust and partly because we found we could fit more jars in without it. A trivet sounds like a perfect solution!

  • I use my stock pot as a canner, and don’t have any sort of a rack in it… with my old round trivet in it the pint jars weren’t submerged enough. Would love to try it with a flatter trivet!

  • I have one of the traditional graniteware canning pots and a smaller pot I use for smaller batches. The rack for the big rusted this spring so now I just use the canning ring + kitchen twin method for both pots. It works well enough (for now). I would much rather use one of the silicon trivets as they won’t rust and they’re adjustable.

  • Currently I use a traditional setup, but I love the idea of using a big sturdy pot with a trivet. Plus, those trivets are super adorable!

  • I’m new to canning and currently on the lookout for a rack to fit into an old stockpot I’m using – this looks like it would do a great job and I’d love to give it a try.

  • I’ve got the stockpot with a kitchen towel at the bottom. The problem with using a towel is that I sometimes find no matter how hard I try to wash it with clear water, it bubbles a little from the soap. Once the jars are sterilized it’s fine, and it doesn’t impact the flavor, but wouldn’t one of these be so much better?

  • I use my grandma’s enamel canning pot but don’t mess with lifting out the whole wire rack. I just lift out one jar at a time with my jar lifter. Works fine for me!

  • Traditionalist here since I’ve just learned to can within the past three month but I can almost everyday, its a stress reliever. Would love to try one of these trivets in a smaller pot than lugging out my big waterbath canner to can a few jars.

  • I use a big stockpot with a dish towel in the bottom to pad the jars. I just saw a tute for making a rack with old rusty jar rings wired together, but this cute trivet would work even better!

  • I use an old Presto canner my dad found at a thrift store, but we’ve found that it’s just a wee bit shallow for canning quarts without literally being on top of it watching that it doesn’t evaporate, overflow and extinguish the gas flame, or some other mishap. I’d love to be able to use one of my deep stock pots when I’m canning the larger sizes, and this trivet *might* be the answer.

  • What a great idea! My mother-in-law gave me her old canner but I HATE the rack. This season I have been using jar rings along the bottom but if I forget to take them out they get rusty. I’d love this trivet!

  • I use a Presto pressure canner for everything, but just don’t lock the lid when I do a boiling water bath. That’s a pain because the way the lid fits, I often have steam turning into droplets that sizzle and run right down the side of the pot. It’s a tad large for just doing small batches, but I don’t have any kind of rack for my next sized down stockpot, so a silicone trivet would probably be just the ticket!

  • I use the canning rack that came with my canning pot. It’s really annoying and the handles attached to it tend to knock my cans over.

  • I use a pressure cooker for water bath canning. The pressure gauge thingy was lost years ago, so basically it’s a big pot with a flat rack in the bottom. I use the jar lifter to get the jars out. I would love to try out the trivet ~ I’m hoping that if I use the short half pint jars with the trivet between, I could process two layers at once. Would that work?

  • I have two set-ups. One is my traditional pressure canner, which I use for pressure canning AND water bath canning (SO noisy!), and my stock pot outfitted with the little green basket you have featured for small batch canning. I’d love to try the trivet!

  • I use an old steamer pot that I’ve had since I finished college. I’ve only canned a few times so far and don’t really use anything on the bottom. Something like this would definitely solve my problem of loudly rattling jars; it’d be really pretty as a trivet/cooling rack too.

  • I’m still a newbie. I use my biggest pot to waterbath can and have never put anything on the bottom. I add/remove cans with my jar tongs… It would be so great not to have those clinking jars!

  • My last load of canning went on top of my collapsible metal steamer (which has a bad habit of uncollapsing if you load the jars unevenly). This is brilliant!

  • I use the ball discovery kit. It’s not much but it works well for my needs. The only problem is that my “rack” melted in the bottom of my pasta pot once when I had to water bath can something for 30 min. It still works, but it’s not pretty. Hasn’t melted since then.

  • I use a traditional pot because I didn’t have anything else that would work. But I’d love to give this a try in my large stock pot!

  • Right now I’m using the green basket that comes with the Ball home canning discovery kit. It works really well, but the down side is I can only fit three pint jars in it at a time.

  • I’ve used the traditional setup, but now that I’m in a smaller space where it’s a no-go, I would love to use the trivet to rig something so I can can again!

  • I just ordered mine from amazon yesterday! I meant to order it a month ago but forgot until I was canning some yellow tomato jam yesterday. I would love another one and have a feeling I will find many uses for them. MK

  • For the last two years (I’ve only been canning 3 years), I was using a towel on the bottom of my stock pot… with mixed results. After busting one of my jars of tomatoes this year, I borrowed a friend’s pressure canner and use the pot for doing water-bath canning. His canner comes with a thingy that raises the jars up from the bottom, so it works great. I’d love to have one of these trivets. I’ve been lusting after them for a while. … … And I’m sure my friend would love his pressure canner back. ; p

  • I have the traditional canner…LOTS of water that’s for sure. BUt for littler amts I used the Kuhn-rikon steamer and basket, AND sometimes I use the trivet from my small pressure cooker in an 8 qt soup pot…what ever fits for the amount we are canning… this looks like a super idea for lots of things.

  • My canning wear has been cobbled together. I use my stock pot, sometimes with the strainer to protect the jars or without depending on how the canning jars fit in the pot. I’ve gone w/out protection on the bottom of the pot and I’ve used a dishtowel. Crazy I know. The trivet would be a great addition!

  • I just use the blue water-bath canner I picked up at the Ball display some years back. I also promise swift retribution to anyone who dings it up.

  • I usually use an aluminum pressure canner for my boiling water bath (as well as pressure canning). If it’s a tiny batch (with tiny jars) I just stick a towel in the bottom of my stock pot and seal them that way. The trivet seems much simpler!

  • I did the “spend as little startup money as possible” approach. Asked for a basic canning tool kit for christmas, use my biggest pot with a kitchen towel on the bottom. No Problems yet! 🙂

  • I’m a traditional canning pot user, however I love what you did with the silicone flowered ring and would love to do the same with my own canning! Hope to be one of the handful that wins this most essential new canning tool!

  • I use an old traditional canning pot with a wire rack. I hate how the rust gets all over the place! I’ve been thinking about this trivet since you mentioned it all that time ago.

  • I’m a traditional canning pot user, but I’ve often wanted something I can adapt to using in my stock pot for just a few smaller jars. The trivet would be perfect for that!

  • My canning pot is generally a giant Le Creuset pasta pot, though obviously I don’t use the pasta strainer insert. I’ll use a smaller Revereware pot when I can get away with it.

  • I’m a traditional canner who sometimes dread dragging it all out for small jobs. I’m currently remodeling my kitchen and just found out there is an issue that can’t be avoided delaying the completion by three weeks. This would be an attractive and useful addition…plus winning will lift my spirits.

  • Traditional, creative…whatever I need to use! I have a traditional canning pot with rack and I use a pressure rack for a second pot…and still need more room! I did try a cake rack once…the rust was aweful.

  • I have a traditional water bath canning operation, but occasionally I wish I had something that could turn my stock pot into a canner, like when I’m overflowing with applesauce or peaches. This would be great! If I don’t win, I may buy one anyhow; I like my kitchen stuff to have more than one function!

  • As I’m just starting out my canning rig is a hodge podge of this and that. A lobster pot, a microwave safe tupperware piece as a trivet and a half broken jar-taker-outer. I’m working on rehabbing my moms canning pot from the 70’s.

  • I have a traditional Ball/Kerr canning rigg, with the big canning pot and metal rack. I’m not a fan and I’ve been planning to buy one of these trivets since you first mentioned it, but I keep putting it off. It’d be great to win!

  • Traditional water bath canning, except that I attached jar rings for the bottom of my pot. Would love to use a silicone trivet!

  • I use my brew kettle paired with a pie rack, but i’ve tried a bunch of things – canning rack made from jar rings tied together, towels, some piece of crap that ball sold in a canning kit. The pie rack has been the best but the trivet looks way better!

  • I bought a wire canning rack that turned out to be too big for my pot, so I busted out my welder and tack welded some canning rings together to fit the bottom of my stock pot for when I’m not pressure canning!

  • I have two – the traditional canning pot wire rig, complete with aluminum rust. (At least I assume it’s aluminum; it looks like aluminum rust.) And I have my mother’s antique still-mostly-enameled pot with a handy-dandy narrow canning ring plus zip ties rig which allows me to can small jars with less hot water. It’s also handy just in case you end up putting 10 pounds of pickles to be in your big canning pot because it’s the biggest container that you own.

  • I still use my traditional canning pot when I’ve got big batches going, but I’ve acquired–per your advice–a 4th burner pot which I’ve been loving for small canning jobs, and I sometimes use the steaming apparatus that came with our pressure cooker in my large stockpot (since I don’t have a round cooling rack) for medium batches. That trivet looks beautiful!

  • I’ve got a mix…two big pots with racks and a pressure canner that is all set as well. However, I’ve got a pot that is perfect for pint jars that NEEDS something in the bottom and I’d love to give this a whirl! Yes, my name is Heather and I have 4 canners. I’ve had 3 going at once, but typically don’t get more than 2 fired up at a time. It is a balancing act on the stove for sure.

    Thanks,
    Heather

  • I have a huge pressure canner that I have been using that I have to stand on a stool to see into 🙂 since I had my daughter a year ago I’m trying to do small batch canning now in a regular stock pot and so far I’ve just been using a dish towel for a rack. Its a little sad. I have coveted this rack since I saw the first post a few months ago….

  • We use a traditional canning pot, but we did start out with just a large pot with a towel on the bottom. Thank goodness for garage sale canner finds! 🙂

  • I only just got a real canning pot this past year, and love it for big batches, but the metal lifter-rack-thing has a weird kind of corrosion and leaves a film on my jars, would love to switch to this trivet, looks perfect!

  • I’m not entering into the contest (so if my name gets picked, please don’t tell me 🙂 ), but I just wanted to say that I bought one of these after you featured it in an earlier post. My friend and I did our first large scale canning session (we put up 28 jars… which is large for us because we’ve each only made a batch of jam before) and I brought it to use. We didn’t use it this time because we had issues with the room on the stove, so we couldn’t streamline the process like I thought we could. However, I’ll definitely be using it in the future in the pot to sterilize the empty jars while the canning pot is loaded with the full jars. Then, when the canning pot is still hot, we can add a new set of full jars. This weekend, the canning pot had to do double duty, sterilizing the jars and the processing the jars, which slowed things down. Thanks for the tip on using the trivet!

  • I have done both. Right now I am a traditional canner with the traditional canning pot. In the past, I have used a large pot with a thick kitchen towel or some of the rings on the bottom of the pot to elevate the jars. I love the trivet. It sounds like it works really well and it looks great too.

  • I would love this trivet! I have been using a small rack out of a pressure cooker in a much larger pot. I have to be careful that it is centered so that jars are not sitting on the bottom of the pot. I tried to buy a traditional rack for canning but it is about 1/2 inch to large in diameter. I NEED this trivet! 😉

  • I use an old bamboo washcloth! I use a stockpot for a water bath and was 2/3 of the way through my first recipe when I realized I needed something, and the washcloth was the most handy!

  • My canning rig is usually just a big pasta pot and I will either using canning bands on the bottom or the pasta strainer that comes with the pot. The only problem with using the strainer is that it reduces the number of cans I can process at a time.

  • My rig isn’t so special, but after purchasing a traditional canning pot w/a rack at a yard sale, it was just too big for my house, so got rid of it and use a regular stock pot. For a rack I poked holes in the bottom of an aluminum pie plate. It works, but I’d love this!!! Fingers crossed!

  • I have the traditional rack (which has rusted over the years) and to make a second layer I have a wire rack that I place on top of the other jars, but I have to be very careful on how I place the jars. I’m usually holding my breath each time I can.

  • I have a few pots I use for canning. I do have the traditional speckled canning pot because it is a good size for large batch canning. I don’t use the jar lifter rack that comes with it, though. I hate that thing! I’ve used a round rack I inherited from my grandmother, but it tends to rust when I leave it in the pot as the water cools. I’d love to try the silicone trivet!

  • I use our tall stockpot with a dollar store strainer head in the bottom. Does the trick. would love the trivet to replace the strainer 🙂

  • After years of putting up jams & pickles, we went a little crazy last year and canned over 400 jars of all kinds of incredible stuff (I blame Food in Jars for that!). Kind of wore out my old black enamel pot, but for Christmas I got 2 new pots! Yay! But the canning rack that came with the Ball stockpot is already rusting and it’s a pain to use anyway, would love to replace it with this beauty.

  • I have one of those big cheap graniteware pots. I replaced the rack with a better stainless steel one that (so far) is a bit more rustproof. I do a lot of big batches so that’s a good option for that. I’m intrigued by the trivet for smaller batch stuff that I could do in my stock pot, though.

  • I’m pretty straight up traditional…I can the way my mom and grandma always did it. Guess I’m afraid that if I try something out of the ordinary it will be messed up and all that food and the time it took to prepare it will be wasted! I do love the idea of using this trivet!

  • Before finding FIJ, I thought I had to use the canner rack and wait 40 minutes to heat the gigantic pot. Now, I can do a few jars at a time in my favorite stock pot with nothing on the bottom. Although, they rattle a bit. Thanks for the tip!

  • How funny! I was just at a cooking store and saw one of these and considered it as an alternative. I will be going back!!

  • I have an awesome pressure cooker that does double duty as my canner. It may not have a huge capacity, but it is soooo much quieter when pressure canning. However, I have another pot the same size (not a pressure cooker) but I only have one rack insert. This trivet would double my regular canning abilities!

  • I only recently started canning again and since I no longer have my old equipment, I had to make do with what I have. Not proud to say this, but I drove a knife through a sturdy old metal pie pan to make several holes. I then turn it upside down and set the jars on top. Not ideal, but it works for now.

  • Traditional canner here….bought everything I needed but I hate those metal racks and have been thinking about silicone alternatives for a while now. This would sure hit the spot!

  • We received a traditional set-up as a wedding present. I love it to pieces although sometimes it’s a bother to heat it up for only a couple of jars. My friend bought one of these after you suggested it, and she loves it.

  • Traditional setup here at home, but at my SIL’s house last month I made a makeshift rack – I used kitchen twine to tie jar rings together and put them in the bottom of her largest pot. It worked great for canning a batch of B & B pickles.

  • I have a large canning pot, but I mostly use a tall sided stock pot with metal rings set in the bottom. It works for small batches!

  • Using stock pot with cake rack. New to canning and noticed rust already, yuck! Would love to win trivet to use!

  • I am about to trek off to the hardware store tomorrow to buy a standard canning pot. I’m sure I’ll love whatever you recommend though!

  • I’ve got the traditional water bath canning pot, but I use a rack from and old beat up pressure canner I found at a thrift shop. It’s much more substantial than the one that came with my canning pot, and the openings are small enough that my half pint jars don’t fall through.