All week I'd been excited about Friday night.
I wasn't going out, I was going canning!
A friend, Sarah, and me were going round to Kirsty's house to try out her new pressure canner that she'd had for Christmas.
We were going to be adventurous and try canning meat for the first time. We'd decided on a spaghetti sauce with mince beef in it, Kirsty had found a recipe we like the look of a few weeks before hand, so we all brought some ingredients with us and we set to it.
Things went well, the only slight hitch we had was the fact that the electric hob wouldn't get the canner hot enough, so Kirsty had a brain wave and got her gas BBQ dragged inside. Propped up with a chair this was perfect to keep the cans at 11 pounds of pressure for the 60 minutes needed. We did leave a window open so we didn't die from poisonous gas as well!
In the end we had ten jars, with only one that failed to seal properly.
I can see this being a very addictive hobby!
Anyone else been canning meat or does using a pressure canner put you off?