40 lbs. of browned hamburger has thawed. 16 pints are in the new canner. Another 16 pints are jarred up and waiting. And the new canner leaks steam like a sieve.
I fiddled with it all morning trying to get it to come up to pressure. Nope. Didn't happen. The only thing left to try is to order a new gasket and see if that helps. If that doesn't work, back it goes.
Thing is, I could order another pressure canner from Amazon. They want to charge me $100 over what I paid for the one I have now. If I am going to spend that kind of money, it will be for an All-American pressure canner. The manufacturer's website tells me that all the All-American models are out of stock.
So here I am. I still have 40 lbs. of browned hamburger and no functioning pressure canner. Good thing I stocked up on rolls of Food Saver bags. Figured out the size bag needed to hold a pint of hamburger, made up the bags and vacuum sealed the whole works.
Things don't always go according to the plan. And I am beginning to think Murphy has taken up permanent residence in my apartment! I would much prefer to have the meat in jars on the shelf, but rather than lose it, I went with Plan B - vacuum sealing and freezing.
Isn't that what preparedness is all about? Being as ready as we can be when things don't go according to plan. Having alternative methods of doing what needs to be done.
The solution to a problem might not be ideal, but if the solution works, then we have accomplished what we set out to do.
Keep on prepping, even if alternative methods are necessary. The way things seem to be going, we will need every crumb.