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Can you use an aluminum "tamale steamer" as a canner?

Another canning question! I've been shopping for a water bath canner (I know some people say you don't need it, but I think my DH will want to do some pickles which will require the larger size) and I came across a large "tamale and seafood steamer" at Walmart for only like $20. It ws at least 21 Qt and rather than a rack it had a divet around the bottom (an inch or two from the base) where a disc with holes pops in and out. Nothing to keep jars from hitting the sides of the pot though... Is there an issue with aluminum? Could the pot not be able to withstand higher temps maybe? Is this a great idea. or is there a reason it is not sold as a canner?

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Asked by earthmama727 at 7:47 PM on Jun. 22, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • I use a HUGE pot. I don't know what kind it is, but it's huge...that's all that i know. I've never had a real "water bath canner" i just throw the jars in my largest pot & boil them for 10 minutes, then i use my thongs to get them out to cool on the counter.

    I don't know what kind of metal it is, it's kind of light....but it works.

    My jars bump all over the place in there & it's never ever been a problem. I've been canning since i was a teenager and always just used super large pots.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:51 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • If it helps any, any time you steam know the temperatures are really super high. So, if that pot is used originally to steam tamale's, them i think it should be fine for canning.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:52 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • Boiling water is boiling water. As long as it is big enough for the water to cover the jars and lids then you can use whatever pot you want to. The canner type ones have the rack to position the jars but I have used other pots when I was canning small jars.

    Answer by confused969 at 9:37 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

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