FV preserver for Chrissy!

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Hayhay
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FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:58 am

OK it wasn't unexpected. But now I'm looking at the kit and thinking about what to bottle first - yay!

What are the basics I need to know (that might not be in the instructions!)

- The rubber seal when i put one on goes on not square to the jar but at an angle - should it be square on?

- Do I need a vaccum seal opener or is it easy enough to open them without one?

- Do I need bottle lifter tongs thingso or can I use something else?

- I remember someone saying you cen get the seals at IGA (I think). Wheres best spot to get some lids too (I have a whole lot of jars handed on but not many lids).

- Any tips for the syrup to put in - I'd rather use raw sugar not granulated sugar - but it says less quantity and you need to strain it.

- Any other tips would be much appreciated - I am very excited! My first lot will either be rhubarb, or apricots (which are all just on the verge of ripening!)

Hayley

Deb
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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Deb » Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:43 am

How exciting for you.

I did buy the tongs when I got my preserver and gradually have purchased bits and pieces when I see them on sale at our local hardware.

I'm not sure if I'm going the "syrup" correctly but I just add filtered water and a teaspoon or two of sugar in the jar of fruit and the stuff we have eaten has been lovely.

I do get the seal on "square" with a little fiddling about and you do eventually get a technique to put them on.

Not much help I know but it may give you some tips.

Deb

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:02 pm

Hi Deb, thanks for the tips.

I've got my first attempt on now! 3 jars of apricots....our tree is SOO full I picked a whole laundry basket full; have filled the dryer, doing this bottling and not even used up half the basket. Which is a bit of a problem as another whole basket full will be ready to pick tomorrow...and another the day after....>!

I fiddled and fiddled but couldn't get the seals on square. So I'm hoping having them on as a diamond shape will still be enough to seal. If not, its my first attempt!

Not sure how I'll get them out once they're done. Was thinking I'd drain the hot water out (its next to the sink) then find something to lift them out with. Off to the hardware store tomorrow to see if they have tongs, seals and lids.

I followed what you've said with the sugar too. Can't wait to see how they turn out!!!

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby minnie » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:23 pm

Hi Hayley,

You'll never regret buying the utensil kit, with jar lifter, lid lifter and funnel... I got my set from redback and just love it. I also have old style jar lifters (vacola brand), it makes it so easy and safe.

I often like brown sugar in with fruit... ;)
:D
Vicki

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:00 pm

Thanks Minnie.

Seems the only place in town that has FV equipment is the grotty sleazy mitre 10....even they only had some seals. Planning on a trip tomorrow; do you know if Bunnings or Kmart or Big W or any of those stores stock the FV lids and clips?

Did another three bottles today; have run out of lids! The last three had vaccuum sealed fine. Picked another laundry basket worth of apricots (and another 3 or 4 to go too); my electric dryer is full, have completely filled a tray for sun drying that DH made; have apricots coming out of our ears!!!!

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby minnie » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:44 am

Hi Hayley,

I've got big satellite problems at the moment and am on a shared dialup... in other words slower than normal, so it's a bit hard to look things up quickly.

I get all my FV lids/seals from a couple of places online and I've either listed them in the buy part of the forum or they would be in the links page of the main site.

Mitre 10 in Casino only had a few as well and they had to order in, were more expensive and slower than ordering online.

Apricots sounds fantastic, lucky you.
:D
Vicki

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby mallee11 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:38 pm

A friend has given me the number for fowlers in Melbourne and have bought all rubber rings and new lids direct 1800814444

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby accordion » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:07 pm

Hi there - was going to suggest calling Fowler direct myself...

I pass them on the way to work and recently re-stocked with the 600ml jars. All their stock is a fraction cheaper than the online guys or Mitre 10, plus there are no freight charges. We inherited a lot from my husband's grandma. They are now almost 80 years old and some have started to crack around the rim of the opening. So I decided to get some new ones which should outlast me.

The perserver we have seems to have vanished. If I have to replace it do I need one with a thermostat?

Cheers all!

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby mallee11 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:08 pm

I have both a s/s electric with thermostat and a smaller one that goes on my gas stove and they both work fine

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:24 am

Thanks. I ended up ordering through Launch products. They were cheaper than the other online stores; delivery was faster than I expected too. Being Christmas and lots of public holidays FV weren't answering (at least the number I had!), so I decided to order online. Will keep their number on hand for next time and check the price thanks.

www.launchhardware.com.au/

Do they still sell the #27 jars? All that I could find on the online stores were #20 and #31.

Also the FV kit I was given is the 'simply natural'. Its electric and doesn't have a thermostat; seems to work fine; though the last lot I did started to boil at the end!

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby mallee11 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:08 pm

I have seen a lot of no 27's and the older straight sided 31's in local op shops in Mildura area and Bendigo when I was there before xmas so I would have a look there first I have been looking for 4.25 s/s lids for my pudding jars so everywhere I go I look at op shops and garage sales

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:50 pm

If you are worried about the temperature and have no thermostat use your cooking thermometer to check what the temperature of the water is for what your preserving.

I don't have a thermostat on my unit either.

Kathleen
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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:51 pm

Yes I've noticed the old #31's and the new #31's are different sizes!!!

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby countrylife » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:58 pm

Hi Hayhay,
I buy all my products straight from Fowlers Vacola and the number I use is (03) 93297799.
I hope that works for you.
Enjoy your new toy, oops, I mean tool. :)
I just received my new seal and steam gauge for the pressure canner I was given.
So, I also will start playing, I mean working!!
I plan on doing beans first. It will be nice to have bottled vegies without the vinegar I've used with vacola in the past.

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby mallee11 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:21 pm

enjoy the veggies ,I just bottled 24 bottles of Beans and 24 bottles of carrots and when this heat wave is over I am doing some potato's and chicken stock and veggie stock as long as the cool change comes

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Deb » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:12 pm

I've only ever done fruit in my "simply natural" preserver, I didn't even think you could do carrots, beans, potatoes or even stock. I usually freeze my stock in quantities for my favourite recipes. Can you "preserve" stock in a preserver or are you talking about a pressure cooker? If so, how do you go about doing it, i.e. timing etc. Will be making some more stock made over the weekend and my freezer is full.

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:27 pm

Yeah I usually freeze my stock too.

Wonder what else we can do with this toy?!?

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby minnie » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:47 am

Hi Deb,

A pressure cooker (canner) would be used for vegetables such as carrots, beans, potatoes not a FV which is only for 'high acid' foods eg. fruit and tomatoes etc. For stock either canner or I think freezing is best.
:D
Vicki

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby Hayhay » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:25 pm

I'm planning on doing cucumber tonight. The recipe I have is to cook the cukes a little them pour into a jar with their pickling solution. I was assuming that I could put them in jars uncooked then thru the FV which would cook, sterilise and seal them? Anyone tried this? According to the FV book it should be OK so long as I use more than 50% vinegar in the solution.

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Re: FV preserver for Chrissy!

Postby minnie » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:15 am

Hi Hayley,

I did some and soaked them in a brine solution for 24/48 hours, then bottled and added vinegar. But that was for dill pickles.

I'd stick to your recipe and see how they turn out, that way you'll know if you want to do it again.

Usually with an abundance of cucumbers I did Bread and Butter Cucumbers and gave most away as I'd prefer zucchini pickle, haven't opened one bottle of the dill pickles so won't do them again... and at the end of the day I just give them away fresh. Cucumbers drive me nuts you either have LOTS or none. ;)
:D
Vicki


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