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I am being thwarted on my attempt to purchase a pressure canner. It seems that there are currently none to be had unless one wants to mortgage the homestead and pay a small fortune on eBay. All the usual online retail suspects are out of stock, though one outlet I've never heard of (they seem to sell medical supplies...) quotes a 12-week delivery delay. Full payment up front, of course. I am assuming this strange condition is due to, shall we say, feelings of uncertainty about the future; or perhaps manufacturing of these products has slowed or stopped due to the Chinese Flu scaredemic.
Whatever the reasons, this bump in the road hasn't deterred me from jumping into the seasonal ritual of canning. My water bath canner will enable me to restock jams, jellies, salsas, and pickled vegetables for the coming year. A recently discovered recipe using the water bath to preserve what I thought could not be preserved using that method will allow me to parlay our garden tomatoes into sauce. Tonight I'm hitting the canning books to find additional enticing recipes. Bring on the harvest!