I'm sort of ashamed to admit I did not do any canning this past summer. Since living in the RV full time, the thought of getting out my big water bath canner, and probably having to use every burner on the stove to really heat that much water properly was a little daunting. Not to mention, the idea of gas just flying out of my tank made me cringe a bit.
Yesterday, however, I made a pleasant discovery. Small batch water bath processing was surprisingly a breeze.
Yes, you can can in an RV!
Did you see yesterday's post about crockpot apple butter? If not, you should go check it out. That recipe and product is what I used for this canning project.
A couple of tips for water bath canning in an RV:
1. Think deep instead of wide. A tall stock pot works beautifully. I have one in storage that measures 8 1/2 inches high (tall, deep) and 9 inches across. I easily processed 4 half pint jars. They were the tall slender jars, as opposed to the short fat jars. I'm confident 3-4 whole pint jars would fit easily.
2. A wash cloth in the bottom of the pot is enough to keep your jars from sliding about and / or clanking against each other. No raised wire basket necessary!
This is the type of half-pint jar I was using. The quilted jelly jar, I believe it's called.
Here you can see the small space, and how a more typical water bath canner would take up almost my entire stovetop!
Think deep instead of wide.
Hopefully use can see the wash cloth in the bottom of the pot.
It's thin enough to not take up too much space, yet does a fine job of keeping the jars stable.
All done! Four pings before I even got my camera ready. Yes, you can can in an RV.
I'll save the big batches for the open fire outside, though. I'll be attempting that next season (I hope).
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From my mountaintop cannery to yours!