Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Most Intimidating and Exciting Gift Ever! I Have A Pressure Canner!
Last week was my Birthday and hubby surprised me with a pressure canner! I have wanted one for years, but would never spend the money. In my eyes, there was always something we, as a family needed more. Yes, I know, in the long run a pressure canner will save us a bunch, but it was always that initial investment that held me back. Our income is about half what it was 5 years ago and we do feel the pinch!
I tried a small batch of pears I got free, as hubby's friend has a pear tree. I figured if something went wrong, no big loss. I will tell you, my heart raced throughout the entire process. It was not the smashing success, as 2 jars did not set. But, that was my error. I did not leave enough head space and the liquid got on the jar rims. But, nothing blew up either!
I am already planning a huge batch of chili this weekend. I cannot wait. This is going to be fun! And what better, more hearty meal in the winter? Plus all we will need to do is grab a jar and heat it. Perfect for when it is my son's night to cook.
Anyone have any hints or fantastic tips for me?
I have read the instruction manual at least 3 times and am scouring Pinterest right now.