Canning, Juicing, and Food Prep

Food Strainer and Sauce Maker
Steam Juicer


Why can't I fit 7 canning jars into my Canner?

Not all canning jars fit the same way into our canners. We have found that Golden Harvest jars have a wider body, which do not fit into our racks as well. Do not attempt to force them, this may cause the jars to break or cause harm to you. We suggest, if you have more than one brand of jar, to mix them in the rack to give you the most usable space.

Can my Back to Basics Canner be used on a smooth cook top stove?

Yes, your canner can be used on a smooth cook top stove; however our canners have limited contact points on the bottom. It will take longer for the water to boil than when using a gas or conventional electric stove.

What material is my Back to Basics Canner made of?

The Back to Basics Steam Canner is made of 18 gauge aluminum.
The Back to Basics Water Bath Canner is made of carbon steel with a food-safe, high-temperature paint.

When should I start timing with my Steam Canner?

Begin timing when a steady stream of steam is escaping from the holes near the base of the dome at a constant rate. The steam will escape horizontally for a few inches, and then rise vertically until it dissipates into the atmosphere. Steam should be visible for at least 8 inches.
If canning at high altitudes, there will not be an 8" plume of steam when it's ready. This is due to the difference in atmospheric pressure. As long as there is a steady stream of steam with no breaks, you can begin timing.

How do I keep the water pan in my Steam Canner from boiling dry?

Each time you change bottles, check the water level in the water pan. If you place a penny or marble in the water pan, it will make a clinking noise as the water boils. When the clinking noise stops, you must add more water.

What could cause pin sized holes in the bottom of the water pan of my Steam Canner?

The holes can be caused by boiling the water pan dry or the minerals in your water eating away at the aluminum. It is important never to let the water pan boil dry, and make sure to clean and thoroughly dry your canner after every use. To remove stains and hard-water deposits from the canner’s water pan, add 2 to 3 capfuls of lemon juice or vinegar to 2 cups of water and boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

What is the capacity of my Back to Basics Water Bath Canner?

The total liquid volume when full is 21 quarts.

Can I use my canner as a stock pot?

Yes, you can make foods directly in this product. When finished, hand wash and dry your canner thoroughly.

Food Strainer and Sauce Maker

How much can my hopper hold?

The hopper can hold up to 3 quarts.

Is it normal for the handle to be hard to turn when the strainer is empty?

Yes. To avoid damaging your strainer, do not turn your handle when the strainer is empty. Once you place food in the hopper and begin turning the handle, it will turn more easily.

Can I wash the Food Strainer in the dishwasher?

The Food Strainer and Sauce Maker, and its parts, should be hand-washed only.

What other accessories are available for the Food Strainer and Sauce Maker?

We have three different screens and a grape spiral for our Model 220 Food Strainer.
The Salsa Screen is the coarsest screen, used for processing salsas and other chunky recipes.
The Berry Screen is the finest screen, used for straining fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries etc.
The Pumpkin Screen is a coarse screen used for processing pumpkins, squash, and potatoes.
The Grape Spiral is used to process grapes for jellies and juices. The shorter length helps prevent jamming to seeds and skins for processing grapes.

Will the parts for the 220 Food Strainer fit the 200 Food Strainer?

No, and we no longer have parts that will fit the 200 Food Strainer.

Steam Juicer

What is this product used for?

The Steam Juicer is used mainly for steaming fruits for juice to make jellies or syrups.

Can my Back to Basics Steam Juicer be used on a smooth cook top stove?

Yes, your steam Juicer can be used on a smooth cook top stove, however the steam juicer has limited contact points on the bottom, which will slow down the time it takes the water to boil.

What is the output tube on my steam juicer made of?

The tubes on the steam juicers are a food-safe silicone. The large and small clamps are a chrome-plated steel.

When I remove the tube clamp from my tube, the juice isn't flowing out. How can I make the juice come out?

The juice level in the kettle must be above the hole where the hose attaches for the juice to exit.
If juice is not flowing through tube after clamp is removed: Ensure that the end of the tube, the end not connected to pan, is below the level of the water pan. The tube drains using gravity. If there is an air bubble in the tube, with the clamp open and a jar below the tube, gently massage the tube to move the air bubble towards the jar. Use caution, as the juice in the tube is very hot. Juice then should start flowing. Do not tip the pans for any reason.