Remember my checklist of domestic skills I need to learn before I leave for Ethiopia? At the top was learning to pressure can. Injibara is at an elevation of 8,500 and meats and beans have to be pressure canned/cooked. Without understanding the science behind it, a bean cannot be soaked/boiled long enough to ever be soft through conventional boiling.
We will also have limited access to produce so when something is available we have the option of pressure canning for later enjoyment.
Growing up with “warm water bath canning”, I was intimidated of pressure canning as I pictured glass exploding all over the kitchen if I missed one detail.
Yesterday, Mandy graciously invited me over to learn the process of spaghetti sauce and Carrie stopped by to help as well.
“I garden, therefore, I can.” –Carrie (via Nichole S).
Because we had extra tomatoes we also did some juice (we didn’t strain the seeds out so we had added authenticity ;) ).
Mandy and Carrie, thanks so much for patiently teaching me and the wonderful conversation!