To Top

Canning on a Solid Top Electric Stove

I have an electric stove in my new house. I understand that it is impossible to use a pressure canner for canning foods. Any suggestions?

By Vickie from Lewes, DE

Ad
We are giving away $200 in Amazon gift cards for people who answer questions on ThriftyFun this month! Click here to find out more...

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

December 20, 20070 found this helpful
Best Answer

There are new burners that get hot instantly, so I wouldn't worry too much about them not getting hot fast enough. Mine seems to cook much the same and heats up faster than my parent's electric stove (old kind). I can all the time and have never had a problem of any kind. I however, do not clean mine as often as I should and you really must be careful with sugary foods because they burn and leave marks on the surface that cannot be removed later. I figure that I bought mine to use, not just to set and look nice. I cook all meals at home and use mine mercilessly. It's held up really well.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad
By guest (Guest Post)
December 20, 20070 found this helpful
Best Answer

I have canned jam on mine and the only problem I have had is finding a canner (large pot) with true flat bottom. If they have a ridge at all on the bottom the "coils" on the stove do not touch the pot and it takes FOREVER to get hot enough. I ended up finding a deep pasta pot that has a flat bottom and works, but is not quite as big as a canner.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
January 26, 20080 found this helpful
Best Answer

I have canned multitudes of foods on my ceramic cooktop and would NEVER go back to the old coils. I have been warned about sugar, but actually it has not been a problem no matter how many jars of jam or jelly I put up.

I use a 'Steam Canner" and have never had any problems. As for leveling other pots and pans I have used a rather tough but effectual method. Take a piece of wood that fits about 1/3 the circumference of the pan, while holding the pan upside down lay the piece of wood over the pan where it is 'unbalanced'.

Then hammer the wood until the pan is back in shape.

Crude' yes; effective, yes.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad
By guest (Guest Post)
February 8, 20080 found this helpful
Best Answer

I just asked yesterday at an appliance store about this--I've always heard that you shouldn't can on glass cooktops, but not sure why. The salesperson said that the heating elements under the glass are a certain size, but canning pots (I use a steamer canner) have a larger diameter, and don't have a flat bottom. These cause the delay in heating, but more importantly can crack the cooktop by heating an area outside the element. She mentioned that her friend got a separate, table-top electric burner to use on the side for canning--that sounded like a good suggestion to me. It seems to me that, if you're careful, you can heat your fruits, syrups, jams, etc. on the glass cooktop (if you're careful about the sugar--it does burn and leave a mark, but can also "pit" the stovetop), but the processing should not be done there--at least not with the steamer canner I have.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad
September 8, 20100 found this helpful

I had the same problem with my water bath canner on a flat top stove. What worked for me is to put my canner on two burners and it got hot enough to boil.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 10, 20100 found this helpful

Why do you think it's impossible?

It's possible! I've done it for years.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to answer. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

September 8, 20100 found this helpful

I need a new stove. It has to be electric. I hate cleaning under the "snail" burners, so I am thinking about a solid top stove. I do a lot of canning. Anyone out there have any experience with canning on a solid top electric stove?

Ad

Sheri from Rathdrum, ID

Answers:

Canning on a Solid Top Electric Stove

There are new burners that get hot instantly, so I wouldn't worry too much about them not getting hot fast enough. Mine seems to cook much the same and heats up faster than my parent's electric stove (old kind). I can all the time and have never had a problem of any kind. I however, do not clean mine as often as I should and you really must be careful with sugary foods because they burn and leave marks on the surface that cannot be removed later. I figure that I bought mine to use, not just to set and look nice. I cook all meals at home and use mine mercilessly. It's held up really well. (12/20/2007)

By susanmajp

Canning on a Solid Top Electric Stove

I have canned jam on mine and the only problem I have had is finding a canner (large pot) with true flat bottom. If they have a ridge at all on the bottom the "coils" on the stove do not touch the pot and it takes "forever" to get hot enough. I ended up finding a deep pasta pot that has a flat bottom and works, but is not quite as big as a canner. (12/20/2007)

By Kelly

Canning on a Solid Top Electric Stove

I have canned multitudes of foods on my ceramic cooktop and would never go back to the old coils. I have been warned about sugar, but actually it has not been a problem no matter how many jars of jam or jelly I put up. I use a "Steam Canner" and have never had any problems. As for leveling other pots and pans I have used a rather tough, but effectual method. Take a piece of wood that fits about 1/3 the circumference of the
pan, while holding the pan upside down lay the piece of wood over the pan where it is "unbalanced". Then hammer the wood until the pan is back in shape.
Crude; yes, effective; yes.
(01/26/2008)

By CascadeMom

Canning on a Solid Top Electric Stove

I just asked yesterday at an appliance store about this. I've always heard that you shouldn't can on glass cooktops, but not sure why. The salesperson said that the heating elements under the glass are a certain size, but canning pots (I use a steamer canner) have a larger diameter, and don't have a flat bottom.

Ad

These cause the delay in heating, but more importantly can crack the cooktop by heating an area outside the element. She mentioned that her friend got a separate, table-top electric burner to use on the side for canning. That sounded like a good suggestion to me. It seems to me that, if you're careful, you can heat your fruits, syrups, jams, etc. on the glass cooktop (if you're careful about the sugar. It does burn and leave a mark, but can also "pit" the stovetop.), but the processing should not be done there, at least not with the steamer canner I have. (02/08/2008)

By Michelle

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Related Content
In This Guide
Smooth Cooktop
Canning on a Smooth Cooktop
Categories
Home and Garden Home Improvement Kitchen AppliancesSeptember 8, 2010
Guides
Black smooth top cooking range.
Cleaning Spills on a Smooth Top Stove
Electric Stove Burner
Electric Stove Burners Not Working
Cleaning Electric Stove Burners
Cleaning Electric Stove Burners
Smooth Stove Top
Cleaning Stains on a Smooth Stove Top
More
😎
Summer Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/07/26 12:12:23 in 4 secs.
Loading Something Awesome!