Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Why pressure canners scare me

Back when I was young and had gone skydiving, someone asked me why in the world I'd jump out of a perfectly good airplane. My answer was, "because there's no such thing as a perfectly good airplane."

Pressure canning...kind of the same thing. My son posted this to my Facebook page. It's a pressure canner. So why don't I use pressure canners? Because there's no such thing as a perfectly good pressure canner, and even if there was, there's no such thing as a perfectly good pressure canner operator. Shit happens. Like this. 

If you are an adept pressure canner operator, I bow to your expertise and courage. I'm just not there yet.  Sheesh, I almost burned the kitchen down six months ago hard-boiling eggs in a simple pot on the stove, for heaven's sake. 

I hope no one blames me for exercising caution. I know how to jump out of an imperfect airplane and I know to leave pressure canners to more task-focused individuals than myself.


  1. I don't think I was ever young enough to go skydiving! But I have not the thrill seeking personality. I've never, ever been tempted to buy a pressure canner or cooker for this reason. I can get by without it. I got a new range recently and the knobs are facing my waist rather than on the counter like my old one. Long story short, I left a burner simmering all night. I was horrified when I woke up and realized that! No. No pressure equipment for me!

    1. I hear you. I do LOVE the look of the knobs down in front of the range instead of on the other side of the burners, but I can see how it would be easy to bump into them and accidentally move the knobs! Congrats on your new purchase...hope it lasts MUCH longer than the one in this pic haha. I am sure it will.