... It was delivered to work this afternoon two very large boxes but it appears to be in excellent order. Its a good job OH collected me from work. I ordered not only the Bielmeier preserving cooker but also the juice extraction unit for the top. Now all I have got to do is play which I am looking forward to. Essentially this is a very large hot water bath for processing. Ideal for anything that does not have to be pressure canned. However the pressure canner is still firmly on the list. One of the reasons I have gone for this piece of equipment is that I have a very tiny kitchen with no room to swing a rat in. So wanted something that could function independently in another room if needs be and left safely.
Yes it is large but I have been struggling on my gas cooker with getting a maximum of five jars in at one go and processing that way so have only been able to produce small amounts at any one time. With the bargains I get from my local fruit n veg shop or off the market I should now be able to process them in bulk and fill up the pantry shelves properly.
There are very few recipes in the book; these consist of:
Strawberry and Raspberry Preserve
Home canned carrots
Jar baked raisin wheat cakes
General instructions are also given for:
Which is predominantly what I have purchased the machine for.
Large meat cuts - pre-cooked
Game and poultry - pre-cooked
And you can prepare pasteurised juice for long term keeping like Apple Juice.
I have always understood that because of the low acid content of vegetables that botulism can and does form in some bottles - the most at risk items being vegetables and meat. Botulism is a killer so I do not think I will be processing vegetables or meat in this piece of equipment. I will wait for a pressure canner before I do that.
I have referred to the Ball website here where there are loads of recipes. For this piece of equipment anything that is being water bathed is safe to process in this machine; and there are a lot of recipes there.
I am going to enjoy the playing and the experimentation.
Catch you later on.