April 28, 2012
I was canning a turn of green beans the day before yesterday and had a seal failure on my old Mirro pressure canner. It was my fault for not checking the rubber seal, which was cracked and promptly blew out while venting the canner. A large cloud of steam erupted from the canner and nearly scared me to death. I am glad I didn’t have the canner up to pressure yet and I was far enough away to avoid getting flashed by the steam. For safety sake check the seal and pressure plug before you can. I can on a propane burner outside in the yard so I didn’t have a huge mess. I did have to scrap the lids on the beans which all sealed when the steam vented and sucked all of the water out of the jars. I removed the lids and added more water and new lids. Then I started over by adding water and reprocessing the beans. This is just a reminder to be careful, steam and pressure are very dangerous.
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