Inside of pressure canner discolored after first use

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by cackle, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just made my first batch of canned beans. When I opened the canner which I bought used and was not discolored before using the bottom of the canner and the rack has turned almost black. What have I done wrong. I can also smell the beans. Should I be able to smell them? I just heard one lid pot so at least one worked.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It's probably a reaction to the minerals in your water. Mine is discolored. As for the smell, as they cook some of their juice can leak out of the top so you'll smell whatever it is you're canning.
     
  3. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Katy,

    This is all new to me. We do have a iron in our water.
     
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  4. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try adding vinear about 2 tablespoons next time you can/this helps as not to discolor your pressure canner
     
  5. Farmer Kitty

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    You should let the pressure canner cool down before taking off the lid. This lets the pressure down on it's own. If you hurry it along you can have trouble with the batch. The reason I think you hurried things is the lid popping after you have them out.
     
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

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    Cackle~~~Don't forget to wipe down your jars before you store them. Also, I myself, not sure if others do this, I also remove the band after 24 hours. This way the band does not rust to the jar neck if ever exposed to moisture.

    Ever tried to get a rusted band off a quart jar? I rest my case. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  7. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow good advice on the bands....I guess you really do learn something every day [​IMG]
     
  8. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all! I did wipe off the lids and clean the tops as per your suggestion. I am looking forward to trying to can some chicken soon. Will be great for a quick chicken pot pie or noodle soup when I don't feel good. This year that seems to have happened a lot. I have gotten everything the grandkids have had. Not fun.
     
  9. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Should the lids have popped before I opened the cooker?
     
  10. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have been canning for years with my "All American" canner. 18 qts at a time! Doesnt matter if they pop in the canner or while cooling as long as they pop and seal. Any that dont seal, refrigerate and use. If you try to re-process, you may end up with edible mush! I agree with the other comments. Probably hard water and will not harm the canner, just make sure the vent stays open. Let the canner cool down by itself or you may get "boil out" when you rush it. If you give too little head space you may lose some too and still no problem if the jars are sealing okay. Happy Canning!
     

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