Yesterday, I said to myself I said, "Okay, Kathy Matthews, today is the day ... you are going to learn to use your pressure cooker and get this canning project underway!" And I did. And 6 out of 7 jars turned out fine. Yay for me!
Last year, I had bought the pressure cooker. I have been gathering books on canning (my Kari girl gave me one for Christmas too), canning tools and canning jars. I decided to can some stew that I had in the freezer as my test run. I needed the freezer space, and figured that if some jars didn't seal right then we could just eat the stew. The adventure begins:
#1 - I opened the box, took everything out and read the booklet. Since it was my first time, I washed the pot with hot soapy water, and washed the rubber ring. I looked through the little steam vent hole to make sure it wasn't blocked. I was really careful, because this pressure cooker cost around $100.00 and I intend to use it for years to come.
#2 - I washed my jars, rings and lids in the dishwasher and hit the sanitize button, just to be sure. I found this cool website on canning and cooking for your family and read up on my subject manner: Foodie With Family http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/blog/
#3 - Here they are, nestled in and ready to go! I put the liner on the bottom of the pan, and then the wire basket, and then the jars of stew. I put in 3 quarts of water (using an empty canning jar seem to make the most sense on that one) and a little bit of white vinegar into the water.
#4 - Following the instructions, I canned!
Now my mind is racing with the things that I can do next. I am so excited about this, and though it took me awhile to get around to it, I know I will keep going and learning and having fun. Plus, I'll be stocking up on our food supply, which is never a bad idea.