Would the plastic cap cause any contamination problems with the
Nope, I never experienced that
To make the basket, all I did was drill holes in the bottom and
sides. I haven't tried using it, however. If it does work, it will
be a lot quicker than trying to pick up small pieces out of the
bottom of the crock pot with tongs.
Today, I use a tea strainer consisting of two half globes of
stainless steel mesh kept together by a springy handle. Just a dream
to pick up small parts - and I mean really small parts - from the
pickle and flush them under the tap while still in the strainer. Has
worked for years.
Hovever the handle is attached to the half globes by copper rivets
that eventually will be etched away by the pickle (I use hot
sulphuric acid), but luckily I found another on a garage sales which
is kept as a spare.
Be sure however that there is no iron/steel in the strainer or you
will be pickling silver and gold and getting copper out of the pickle