My garden isn't very large but I want to make the most of it by preserving everything that I can. I have two pepperoncini plants and they are producing nicely. I had a small batch that I wanted to pickle before they went bad but I didn't want to drag out the big water bath canner for one or two half-pints. I read on the internet recently about how to turn any pot into a water bath canner by using the rings from regular mouth canning jars. The wide mouth rings won't work as the jars could slip through.
My little blue enamelware bean pot is 6 1/2 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide and was just what I needed to water bath can a few half-pints. I attached the rings together with twist ties. One site recommended zip ties but I didn't have any. Three rings will fit in the bottom of my pot.
Using this pot, I can water bath can three half-pint jars. I tried a fit check with pint jars but they are too tall for my pot. You need to have one to two inches of water above the top of the jars for water bath canning. The jars sit on top of the rings very nicely and don't seem to want to tip over at all.
I am so glad I found out about this! There were a couple of times last year when produce went bad before I could gather enough together to justify getting out the big water bath canner. Now, I can process really small batches! I only ended up with one half-pint jar of pickled pepperoncinis but I'm glad that they are now sitting on the shelf ready to be put on sandwiches! :-)
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