A canning rack will eventually tend to rust and will need to be replaced.
I used my rack for years and years. I finally replaced it last month. My new one is so nice and shiny. Remember that if you are buying a new canner there should be a rack included with it!
A canning rack can be purchased most anywhere you can get canning supplies. Amazon will have them, Your local Ace hardware stores often have canning supplies.
Here is a question I received:
I am going to try canning, and have a large pot to use, but I don't have a rack for the bottom. Is there anything else I can use as a sub for that rack. I don't want to have to buy the pot if I don't continue to can. ~ Christina TN
Christina, Here are some options.
Any kind of rack will do. It just needs to keep the jars up off the bottom of the pot. It is nice if it will separate the jars too, but not essential.
Do you have another pot that has a rack that will fit in the bottom of your deep pot? Do you have a round roaster that has a rack that would fit?
I occasionally use a rack from a small pressure cooker that fits in the bottom of my blancher. But that is only for small loads.
This is kind of unusual but, I have a neighbor who is from the Ukraine. She uses a thick piece of board in her canner. I am not sure what kind of wood it is but that is what she has.
Maybe these ideas will give you an idea of something you already have.
I don't know if you like second hand shopping but check out your local goodwill. They just might have something you can use for practically nothing... OR better yet, they may even have a canner.
Measure your pot and see if a regular rack will fit. You can purchase just the rack pretty inexpensively.
I have also seen mini canning racks that are smaller than standard.
You can be creative when it comes to the rack if you want to use a stock pot for water bath. The only rules are,
Now that is a mans idea! Sounds like something my husband would think of. I'll bet it worked great. You could even place a few screw bands under it to lift it off the bottom of your pot and use it as your bottom rack if needed. (she also reassured me that yes she cleaned it up first)
Sharon's answer: Yes Trudi you can use any rack that will hold your jars off the bottom of the pot. Antiques are often great tools!