In a thread about Cloud Domes, someone wrote:
I have been using half of a large Heinz white vinegar bottle in
much the same way as a Cloud Dome
I haven't tried this use, but I found another good use for a vinegar
bottle in the shop.
I managed to destroy the original plastic dip basket in my pickle
pot (don't ask...). An identical OEM replacement was wildly expensive
in all the catalogs and websites I checked. My brilliant husband,
who was a big fan of the old tv show "MacGuyver", came up with a much
We use citric acid in the pickle pot. He thought for a bit about
what would stand up to citric acid, poked around the house, and found
an empty gallon-sized vinegar bottle. He cut the bottom off to the
same depth as the old basket, and drilled a couple hundred holes in
it with a hand drill. Then he removed the wire handle from the old
one and attached it to the new one. It fits perfectly inside the pot.
It's been in the pickle pot for over two years now and looks brand
new. Cost? I think the gallon of vinegar cost $1.69. The vinegar was
used for household cleaning, so the bottle was actually a freebie.
And we've been using the cut-off top part of the jug as a funnel when
we drain the oil out of the vacuum pump to change it, so we didn't
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