There was a time I really liked my ceramic top stove. Easy cleanup is indeed a huge advantage, but I’m beginning to wonder if that one good feature is enough to make it worthwhile. Last October I had to replace the glass top because the original one had cracked. It was not a cheap fix even though I did the work myself.
I assume that the heavy weight of water-bath canning is what caused the stovetop to crack in the first place and have been super careful ever since making the repair. Since then all canning has taken place outside on the camp stove. Well, despite my diligent care, I noticed yesterday that the stovetop has cracked again. I am not prepared to make a replacement right now so will have to continue using the stove, being extra careful not to spill any liquids. I will also resort to using the Cuisinart Oven Central even more than I already do.
It just so happens that today was canning day, and of course the water-bath portion of the procedure was done outside on the camp stove (as it would have been even if the stovetop hadn’t fractured).
We ended up with nine quarts out of half a bushel of peaches.