Breaking Canning Jars

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When I took the lid off the pressure canner after the pressure dropped, one of the jars was leaning to the side and there appeared to be beef broth in the once clean canning water. I took all the good jars out and this is what I found.

The bottom had popped off the jar. In my small amount of experience, I had never seen this before so I did some web searching.

I found a website by the makers of my pressure cooker. I decided that the issue was likely that I had filled the jars up too much. I thought that I had stayed below where the threads started on all the jars, but looking at the jars, clearly I hadn’t. In my canning today, I will be much more careful about that so we don’t have a repeat of yesterday’s events.

Now, I know that this is a short, kind of boring post.  Here is why I bothered posting it: We are learning everything as we go.  Just because you don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn.  We make tons of mistakes and learn lessons from all of them.  Making the mistakes shows you why we do the steps of the processes we do.  Then you do it better the next time.  Never be afraid to try new things.

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