No drama! Everything worked out fine. I found a couple of sites that had good explanations of how to use the old canner with the petcock and it worked fine.
Honestly, I was pretty nervous about it. I wouldn’t fix my dinner til it was done because I didn’t want to be standing that close to the canner if it blew! I kept thinking .. all these years I’ve told people how safe modern day canning is and now I’ll have to go back and tell them I blew up a canner and ruined my entire house! 🙂
Glad that is not the news I’m reporting. Everything was fine. The stove seemed to keep the pressure pretty steady around 10 psi on the 2.4 setting. Chicken has to be under pressure for 90 minutes and I think at least every other minute, I went back in there to check on it. At least with the weighted thing, you can hear it jiggling. There’s no sound with the petcock so I had no idea if the pressure had dropped too low or gone up too high til I looked at the gauge. When we lived in MO and I had the glass top stove, I’d bring a chair in the kitchen and sit there and read while watching the stove. This evening, I was just back and forth; back and forth a million times.
I’ll feel better tomorrow about canning the second batch now that I know how to use the petcock.
Donna Williams says
Yay! Isn’t the internet amazing really? When I was a kid, and daddy was teaching he’d let me “run copies” of his exams on that blue drum ink thing that you had to turn til your arm fell off. From that to now was quite a speedy journey. Glad it worked out for you.
Judy Laquidara says
My mom as a teacher and I used to love to do that too. Can still remember the smell also. We probably should not have breathed so much of that stuff but I kinda liked it.
My father was a teacher too and I definitely remember the old ditto machine! (and the smell! LOL) I also remember the teachers handing out tests fresh off the ditto machine and all of us sniffing the paper. It was just the thing to do. Fun memories! 🙂
I, too, helped my dad running the ditto machine. I remember the smell!
Let’s see, that’s about two meals per quart jar of chicken, so you have eight meals there, canned and ready. Good for you, Judy!
Judy Laquidara says
Depending on how I fix it . . there are about 2.5 breasts per jar and if I make soup or a casserole, that’s four meals per quart. A lot of canned chicken goes into Rita’s food though.
Nelle Coursey says
YAY!! So glad it worked for you!