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AMERICAN CANNERS.......FOR PRESERVING MEAT ETC
Sun 16-Jan-11
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Ooh, I do hope it all works out for you Hattie.

I'll try that again!

Sun 16-Jan-11
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  wave  I promise to keep you informed.

I have decided the hen's egg money can go towards paying for it......my way of justifying the expense.....I know this is silly as it will save me money long-term but I think it makes me appreciate things more.  A lot of my friends think I am crazed wanting one but I don't have room for a bigger freezer (my only way at present of preserving food long-term) & anyway my area is prone to a few power outages each year. Sometimes they have lasted a couple of days & we ended up with a generator puffing away in the fields behind our tiny group of houses. 

 

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Crikey power cuts lasting several days?  That's a bit extreme isn't it?

I'll try that again!

Sun 16-Jan-11
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wave  I have to admit it has been a lot better in the last couple of years but I still don't trust the system. Part of it has been renewed BUT¦¦¦¦..??  We are kind of on the edge of a priority area & have no clout whatsoever as we are a tiny hamlet without anyone important living in it¦¦.it took me long enough to get a proper bus-stop a few years ago & now you have to take your life in your hands to cross the main road to get to it. We have been promised a lower speed limit¦¦.HUH¦.!!  We also need a safety-haven in the middle of it & a path to the bus stop. It is so crazy as it is used by the local children & the elderly.

Ah, such is life in the country¦¦.we even have to clear the bus-stop area of nettles two or three times in the year otherwise there is no room to wait in safety. It takes the authority months to get round to it & I suspect in the very near future even that possibility won't exist¦¦.steam

 

OOOH¦..!! Excuse me venting¦¦¦.  aargh¦..but I do feel better for it¦¦.. wink

 

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Sun 23-Jan-11
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I see what you mean by significant shipping costs, Hattie.

I did a search on eBay for Pressure Canner and all the results are from the US. This one looks like a solid chunky beast at 30 quarts capacity £178 + £112 shipping. I wonder if there is a gap in the market for a European distributor?

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Certainly sounds like it, Danny - that is exorbitant ...... still, if it's needed, then I guess it has to be paid!

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Danny said:

I see what you mean by significant shipping costs, Hattie.

I did a search on eBay for Pressure Canner and all the results are from the US. This one looks like a solid chunky beast at 30 quarts capacity £178 + £112 shipping. I wonder if there is a gap in the market for a European distributor?


wave Hi Danny, 

I think I have found that model a lot cheaper at around £125. but it is still a lot of money to lay out when you have that huge shipping charge.....!!!  Yes I think a European distributor would be great.....any ideas?  I do think there would be a demand for these products in the tough years ahead.  

http://canningusasupplystore.com/shop.php

PS Your prowess & recipes as the Slow Cooking Chef has been a godsend since I bought my machine. I am at present experimenting with my own "Andrew"(newly arrived last weekend)...also bought after reading Fiona's entertaining & instructive blog. This is all great fun & the food tastes delicious. Thank you both so much.  welldone   champagne   smile

 

 

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Tue 22-Feb-11
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I'd really like an American canner too! Once the stuff is canned it uses up no energy sitting on the shelf.

This year I'm going to experiment with dehydrating meat in our dehydrator 🙂

 

Glad that you like our slow cooker recipes! Andrew has been a great investment for us and saved us so much money!

Tue 22-Feb-11
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fn said:

I'd really like an American canner too! Once the stuff is canned it uses up no energy sitting on the shelf.

This year I'm going to experiment with dehydrating meat in our dehydrator 🙂

 

Glad that you like our slow cooker recipes! Andrew has been a great investment for us and saved us so much money!


I have fallen in love with my Andrew & am enjoying setting him to work on all sorts of projects....I think he has helped me through my usual winter lethargy with regards to cooking as one has to rethink recipes a bit to get the placement & timings right.  I still haven't tried making cakes or biscuits in him yet but that is because I'm a bit afraid it will be all too easy & therefore I will eat too many sweet things......I have no ability to turn my back on a nice bit of cake or a scrummy bicky.  I want to be able to move easily when it's time to plant up my vegetable beds (if they ever dry out, at the moment they are a sea of mud; will this rain never stop).

I look forward to reading about your experiments in dehydrating meat.  I have to own up to eyeing up the dehydrator on the  Andrew James Amazon site.  I used to dry a lot of vegetables over the Aga in my last house. I miss it so much in this kitchen (but not the huge gas bills) !! 

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Tue 1-Mar-11
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Hattie said:

  wave  I promise to keep you informed.

I have decided the hen's egg money can go towards paying for it......my way of justifying the expense.....I know this is silly as it will save me money long-term but I think it makes me appreciate things more.  A lot of my friends think I am crazed wanting one but I don't have room for a bigger freezer (my only way at present of preserving food long-term) & anyway my area is prone to a few power outages each year. Sometimes they have lasted a couple of days & we ended up with a generator puffing away in the fields behind our tiny group of houses. 


Good for you Hattie, I do hope that you manage to get your 'canner', at a reasonable pricewink

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Hi folks:

 

I live in California. I have a Presto 23 quart aluminum pressure canner - it's great. I would be happy to buy one for someone and ship it to them (Hattie?). They run about $80 for the canner. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000BYCFU

an extra rack for between layers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LNY6T2/ref=ox.....os_product

And you may want a book:

The Ball Blue Book or the Ball Complete Book of Canning are both good choices. 

 

The American brand pressure canner is WAY expensive and (in my humble opinion) overpriced. GO with Presto and you can get something that a LOT of folks recommend and use, without breaking the bank. 

 

If you can't order off Amazon and have it shipped directly to you, let me know and I'll help out. 

Mon 21-Mar-11
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wave Hi Anna,

Welcome to this forum & many thanks for all this information & offers of help.

[I should point out that I know Anna from a Self Sufficency Forum in the US.

http://www.sufficientself.com/forum/

where she write a very interesting journal]

I will be in touch soon to pick your brains about this Presto model once I have looked at the links.

Thanks & enjoy this forum.

laugh  Hattie 

 

 

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Hi Hattie. Glad to help. And thanks for letting me know about this lovely forum. (Now everyone here knows who to blame if I misbehave... wink )

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Hi Anna,

Glad to have you join us......it's a great bunch of people & very friendly. I'm sure you will get a great welcome.

I'll be in touch soon.......wave

 

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Welcome indeed, Anna. Really great to have you on board.

As Hattie says, we are a very friendly group, and you've already shown that you're going to fit in quite nicely!!! laugh

 

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