Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Big Bertha" is being retired

"Big Bertha" is my large 21 quart granite enamel water bath canner I purchased last year, and she's seen A LOT of work over the two summer and fall periods I've had her in service.  She's done her bid for "king and country", and has easily canned around one thousand jars worth of delicious food.

She's only 10 1/2 "dog years" old, but the ole girl is starting to look rough.  I've decided I really want to invest in a stainless steel pot that will last much longer, so I'm going to let "Bertha" live out the rest of her useful life as a planter for my hot pepper plants to make it through the winter indoors.

In the meantime, I'll look for her better quality replacement, "Bessie", and her more versatile cousin, "Ethel", the pressure canner.  The best price I've seen for this pressure cooker was on ebay, but Amazon has free shipping on orders over $25.00, so I might be purchasing from there as the shipping can run around $35-$45 on this beast.

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