Turkey and Stock
The canner is HUGE!! With all the knobs, dials and regulators I felt a little like a mad scientist. It will hold 7 quarts or with the extra rack they provided it will fit 19 pints.
The beast in it's glory!!
But here is the disappointment:
My canner has a manufacturing defect. Near the center of the lid there is evidently and invisible hole. It isn't evident if you look at it but when it was pressurizing a drip formed on the top. Initially I thought it was just a drop of water from the pressure regulator that was starting to sputter, I wiped it off, and it grew again. It wasn't enough to keep it from maintaining pressure but if there is a defect in the metal I'm worried that it may get worse with use. We took lots of pictures for documentation and V is going to contact the manufacturer tomorrow to see what can be done. Looking at the book, they have a 1 year warranty for manufacturing or materials defects so it shouldn't be a problem to get a replacement lid.
This makes me doubly glad I tried this out sooner rather than later. This gives us time to get the replacement lid in time for canning season. I would hate to have discovered this with a bushel of green beans ready to go.
All in all, the day was a success. I'm proud of myself that I took the plunge. I wasn't really worried that I wouldn't be able to do it, it's just that fear of the unknown.
K8 is feeling better, but now J14 isn't feeling well- she said she was dry heaving this morning- luckily she didn't have anything left in her stomach. I'm sure this will make the rounds- I've been extra diligent about hand washing recently but I'm not sure I'll escape.