We had a delivery yesterday afternoon from Amazon.....one that I have been anticipating since Don and I talked about "my wants". ;)
My new PRESSURE COOKER arrived! LOL Yes, it is that simple to make me happy and fulfill "my wants". ;) We knew it was "Made in WI", but didn't know it was made in Two Rivers/Manitowoc, WI! We have a Madison friend from Two Rivers, Dan Walkner, who is a musician (http://dane101.com/dan_walkner), and we've also taken the SS Badger Ferry (http://www.ssbadger.com), from Manitowoc, across Lake Michigan, to Ludington, MI.
What makes this pressure canner so special, you ask? It does not have any rubber gaskets or seals to contend with or replace. It is a "metal on metal" seal, thus the screw downs all around the top edge of the cooker. I've never been around anyone who used a pressure cooker (my Mom, as well as my wife, Cindy, were scared of them because they could "blow up", due to gasket/seal failure), so this is a totally new experience for me. I am taking a class on using them sponsored by our local co-op, Oryana (http://www.oryana.coop), and the Michigan State Extension Office (http://www.msue.msu.edu/portal/default.cfm?pageset_id=27320), later this month.
Also in this delivery, was a Food Dehydrator, which I have used before "back in the day" when the kids were very young. Actually, I think this is the exact same one we'd bought so many years ago. Evidently, it has stood up to the rigors of innovation/time, and hasn't needed improvement?
I see dried fruits and fruit leather in my granddaughter Abigail's future. ;)
This is an exciting time for me, preserving food by canning, freezing, and drying. The small amount of experience I have brought to this adventure, takes me back to the 1970's, and the new ones have me thinking about the possibilities of what foods I can and want to preserve, and which method(s) to use, plus the thought of spending time in the kitchen this Winter using the preserved "fruits of my labor, makes me smile. :)