Using my Weck waterbath canner

Asked August 25, 2019, 4:10 PM EDT

We are canning Bartlett pears tomorrow (Monday, 8/26/19). I have a quick question. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. My question: I have a commercial-sized Weck water bath canner (an electric canner made in Germany that was constructed for American electrical needs). It is tall enough to can two layers of pint-sized jars. In order to can a second layer of jars, I need a spacer so that the jars are not sitting directly on top of each other. I have not been able to find a second round Weck canning rack. I also have an old-style canner that I used to use on top of my stove. Even though my old canner's rack is not as wide as my weck, can I use and fill my old rack on top of my first layer of filled jars?

Clark County Washington canning

2 Responses

Thank you for your question. Since experts are not available on this topic on weekends, I suggest you call your own county Extension office when they open tomorrow at 8:00 am. Here is their webpage with contact information: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/office-hours/ Good luck!

I see you have posted your question on the WSU Ask an Expert. Although the Clark County office is closed to walk ins on Monday, you can call the Nutrition/food safety staff directly on Mondays, which is why I gave you the page with direct numbers.