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canning question - why do my jars tip over?

diesel | Aug 19, 200911:16 PM

This is my first year canning and so far I've made a few small batches of jam, several batches of pickles, and a batch of salsa. I use a water bath canner.

I was taught to elevate the canner rack (by hooking it onto the side of the canner), place the filled jars on the rack, then lower the rack and jars into the water.

However, every time I put my filled jars into the canner rack, they tip over and end up sideways in the water. I have tried every which way to get them to sit steady on the rack, but no success. Could it be that I just have a really crappy rack? Or is there something I'm doing wrong?

If you suspect the problem lies with the rack, is there another rack you can recommend?

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