FV question

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FV question

Postby Hayhay » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:42 am

So I've used my new FV a couple of times now and it seems to be working well!

But I do have a question:
- Can I use other jars in it, not just FV jars? Was wondering if I can use it with empty olive/sundried tomato/pasta sauce jars that have the pop top lids for vacuum sealing.

Oh and picked a tip up by word of mouth - when putting jams etc into jars (I made picccalilly), screw the lid on then turn the hot liquid filled jars up side down and it vaccuum seals the lids on - worked with all three jars that I used!

Hayley

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Re: FV question

Postby minnie » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:45 pm

Hi Hayley,

You sure can use other jars, I use recycled ones with new lids (don't need to be poptops, they still vacuum seal) as well as mason jars too.

Not being a jam maker I've not idea about the turning on their heads but, I don't BWB my chutneys (not telling everyone not too) if the jar is hot, the contents goes in hot and the lid put on, as it cools it vacuum seals it.
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Re: FV question

Postby Hayhay » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:21 pm

Thanks Vicki.

What';s BWB???

So you can't re-use the lids just the jars? Where do you get new lids from to fit the right size jar?

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Re: FV question

Postby minnie » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:47 am

Hi Hayley,

Boiling Water Bath... I BWB for fruit and tomato products but not when there's plenty of vinegar, say in Chutney or pickled things. Some people do BWB for pickled things these days (usually about five mins) and many of us will argue to and fro about the benefits and reasons etc. There's also some who wave the fear flag, but understanding and reading as much as possible about preserving means you choose the safest way and one that suits you.

Personally if you only have a few different sized bottles I'd just order a box of new mason ones as they come with lids, bands and order a pkt of plastic screw tops lids with them.

I did get small amounts of recycled jar lids some time back but found I really used about two sized jars, so hence my disposing of vacola jars as well as all those jars washed, labels removed and saved for nothing.

Once finding the size jar you like then it's far cheaper to get a large amount of the size lid, and if you have lids for a few years it's worth it, or co-opt with someone on the forum?

Here's some links to lids and jars.
http://www.seco.com.au/links.php

Let me know how you go, I can think about co-opting but need to think carefully at the moment now we're sorting out to sell... oh how I hate moving.

:D
Vicki

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Re: FV question

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

I too use recycled jars in my PC and fowlers in my BWB I have been buying replacement lids a hundred at a time ,what I worked out was I use the tall bottles (used italian tomato etc) for pasta sauce and the kraft cheese spread for beans peas carrots and asparagus both use the same size lid and the dolmio ones for beetroot and whole tomatoes and soups and that way just but two sizes of lids and works really well

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Re: FV question

Postby minnie » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:53 am

You learn quickly that too many sizes is just too hard, and like you I'm getting it down to two sizes.

I think that's why I like the mason jars - wide and narrow mouth - makes it soooo easy.
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Re: FV question

Postby Hayhay » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:14 am

The mason jars look beautiful.

I've been looking at that cospack site and they're incredible....the things I never knew existed!

So what exactly do I need with their lids - can I just pop the lids on or do i need a seal of some sort?

And once I've bought the lids from cospack (or similar) can I re-use them or are they one-use only?

So what's the problem with re-using the lids that, say, the olive jars come with?

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Re: FV question

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:41 pm

The problem with re using the lid of the jar the olives came in occurs when the sealing compound may have been damaged.

I have reused the lid on various jars when I have run out of lids. Some sealed with no problems, others sealed but then a few days the seal gave way and others didn't seal so IMHO I would say use new lids for safety reasons.

Yes you just pop the lids on once washed/sterilised after buying them and all you need are the jars. You do need to know what size lid you want for what type of jar. Oh and the lids are once only use.

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Re: FV question

Postby Hayhay » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:52 pm

Thanks. DH noticed some in Spotlight today when I was down the fabric end. I'll see if they're the right size.


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