As I worked on canning the green bean harvest this weekend, I encountered a problem I have had before with my Smartcanner.
It’s not the Smartcanner’s fault. When I flip back and forth between water bath and pressure canning, I get confused between the instructions for each. There is enough of a difference that it will cause canning failure so I had to come up with a solution.
Part of the problem is the font size and formatting in the instruction book. So, I created my own sheet for each set of instructions.
The new instruction sheets are in a larger font, that doesn’t require reading glasses. The important aspects are in bold type. I added boxes that I can check off as I work through the process so I don’t lose my place. I slipped them into a sheet protector so that I can erase the check marks, ready for the next use.
I keep the easy to follow instruction sheets in the drawer of my canning table for easy access.
PRESSURE CANNING – NESCO SMARTCANNER
□ Put jars in canner
□ Add 8 CUPS HOT WATER
□ Valve @ “EXHAUST”
□ Press “HIGH”
□ Press “TIME” to set to number of minutes required in recipe
□ Press “START”
□ Digital chase will rotate until correct internal temp reached (up to 30 minutes)
□ One BEEP – Control Panel will read “E10”
□ Will countdown to “EO” and BEEP 3x
□ Change Valve to “AIRTIGHT”
□ Will chase until pressure reached and BEEP 1x
□ TIME will count down
□ BEEP 3x when countdown done – display will read “OFF”
□ Let canner set for minimum 1 HOUR before opening lid and removing jars