200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I Will be Bad At This
The water should be boiling NOW as I write this, or otherwise there won't be enough time to process these for 40 minutes before I have to leave.
My first attempt at canning. I started these on Monday and have been boiling water off as I got a chance until this morning. The tomato-y goodness is about half the volume it was when I started. After putting the job off for weeks, it became obvious that I was going to have to do something, or miss it entirely.
Do not EVER expect an Industrial Engineer to be good at tasks requiring detail like bring 3 pots of water with different contents up to 180 degrees, etc, etc, etc. I keep on wanting to make it more efficient! I think efficiency is the enemy of things like canning and cheesemaking.
Here's what this efficiency expert did. Since I didn't have room on the stove for the tomatoes AND the three pots, I took the tomatoes off. When all the pots were the same temperature, I put the food in the jars and went forward. However - the temperature was 160 degrees, not 180 degrees as all the references say it should be. I would have had to wait who knows how much longer if I waited until everything was at 180 degrees. That is SO not efficient. I hope I'm not going to kill anyone because I cut that corner!
PS - I had a job as a lab technician once, when I was getting my ChemE degree. The job was to run equipment to determine the concentrations of stuff in other stuff. Every step has to be done perfectly, all the equipment and glassware has to be cleaned perfectly or the measurements will be inaccurate. Good lab tech = bad Industrial Engineer. Good Industrial Engineer = bad lab tech. I learned this in about 1991 - so I've known for years that I'll be bad at detailed chores where every step has to be done perfectly.
PPS - Not one to miss an opportunity to do an engineer-y thing, I checked the thermometer after the water started to boil. Either my water boils at 205 degrees, or the thermometer is off. A distressing way to start the day.