Everyone that relocates, whether across town, across the country, or to another country faces the same questions – what do I take with me, and what do I get rid of?
We faced the same questions when we left Colorado for Merida back in 2006.
One of the things I brought was my small pressure cooker. The small one, only 4 quarts, I also had a huge pressure canner. I used to do all my own canning, freezing, cooking, baking, gardening, heck I’ve even butchered my own meat products. I don’t do much of that anymore.
I usually plan ahead when I plan to cook beans and sort and presoak them the night before. Today I decided I want to make a white bean potage, but not for tomorrow, I want it today. So I decided to pull out the little cooker, this is the first time since we moved here that I can remember using it! The handles were still off and stored inside. Crazy, eh! Why did I bring this thing along?
I was looking in the little cookbook that came with my pressure cooker and found that we are the same age? holey moley!
Tom and I looked it over, the gasket is stiff and tough, and in all likelihood the original one, I mean I bought this thing 2nd hand 30+ years ago and I know I never replaced it – so now we wait, tick, tock, tick, tock!
Well the beans are on the stove, heating, the pan hasn’t heated to the point of building pressure yet so we have to see if the gasket, the release valve and the anything else holds up, we’ll either have a potage for lunch or a heck of a mess to clean up.
funny though isn’t it, the things we think we need, and what we actually need!