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Using a crock pot for pickling

Hi all, I’ve seen lots of posts regarding the use of crock pots for
pickle and thought I’d toss in my thoughts…I used one too, but
then switched to a clear glass dish with glass lid placed on a hot
plate. The reason? When searching for a piece in the crock pot
(which is not clear) we must be sort of hovering over the pot to look
down inside…exposed to more fumes. By using a clear dish the
items are easy to locate with out having to peer down into the bowl,
the lid is off for a shorter period of time and I find I am not
hanging my face over the dish to fish out the pieces. The hot plate
was found at a second hand store for a few dollars and works great…

    If anyone has a solution to the melting pickle pot plastic
insert problem I would be very obliged..... 

Tony, buy those cheap ice tea glasses from a 5 and dime store. Get
the flexible type, not the rigid ones. Drill lots of holes and leave
tall enough so you have something to grab when lifting to fetch pieces
out.

As long as you remember to refill to compensate for evaporation and
turn off the pickle pot when done, you should have no problems.

Donna Shimazu

Dang, Tony, get a timer! Get one of those timers that people use to
turn their houselights on and off while they’re away and put it
between your pickle pot and the wall outlet. If you work regular
hours, you can set it to turn on and off at those times, Otherwise,
just use it to turn off at, say 8:00 or midnight, or whenever!

Christine in Littleton, Mass., US.

On the “melting pickle pot insert” problem: Use a container made of
polypropylene…NOT polyethylene. Polypropylene will withstand
heats of up to 225 degrees Fahrenheit without melting or distorting,
while polyethylene will melt. In the USA, you can check which is which
by looking at the triangular recycling symbol on the bottom of most
containers. Just below it you will find the little letters pp or pe
Use the ones marked pp (polypropylene). Or, as a shortcut, you can
use the containers that restaurants use for hot foods or soups to
take out. They are thicker, kind of waxy in texture, and cannot be
scratched with a fingernail. Dee

container made of polypropylene........NOT polyethylene 

Hey Dee! You sound just like the person I need to talk to! I was
wondering a bit about different plastics, and how to identify them!
Now that you’ve helped us get the heat thing down, do you know
anything (conclusive) about acid resistance? Which plastics are
safe/recommended for storage and working with acids, like ferric
nitrate?

Off to the kitchen cabinets to examine triangles on plasticware…

Dave
Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)
dave@sebaste.com