But you may recall that I mentioned I have trouble with seals on my pressure canned jars. I don't think I've ever had any of my water bath seals fail, but I don't think I've ever had a pressure canned load that all sealed perfectly (maybe green beans, but those were pints. Oh, and my pints of black beans sealed, too...hmmm, interesting), including my turkey stock a couple of days ago. In fact, the last time I canned pinto beans, only 20% of the jars sealed. Not a passing grade. I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong, and I was feeling quite discouraged. I mean, 80% failed seals! But in the past few days, I've gotten a clue.
I ran out of lids. Well, not really. I ran out of regular-mouth lids, so I had to go to plan B, which was using wide-mouth jars and lids. I don't have as many wide-mouth jars, because regular jars and lids are cheaper, and it's just more convenient to have all the jars the same. In fact, when I give away jars to people who probably won't return them, I always make a point to give them a wide-mouth jar.
Now I'm going to have to rethink that policy. Because every single one of my pressure canned wide-mouth jars sealed. One hundred percent. That's 8 jars, in 2 separate loads.
Hmmm. Is it a coincidence? Or do wide mouth jars really seal more consistently in the pressure canner? I don't know, but for now, I think I'm gonna have to buy some wide-mouth jars.
*Not actually my pressure canner. It's on indefinite loan from my parents. And if I keep talking about how wonderful it is, they might want it back...