Yesterday I thought I'd try this little video to give you a little more than just pictures and words on a page to share with you what I was doing. I get so nervous during any form of recording, I didn't explain too well the steps that led me up to this point.
As I mentioned before regarding this building project, we are doing it as debt free as we possibly can, which includes not going to the big stores and buying new appliances.
We already had a fridge, but needed a stove. I really enjoy cooking over a gas stove, but even used, they are pretty pricey.
Several Saturday's were spent traveling to the city to visit the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. For those of you who aren't familiar with what type of store that is, picture a Goodwill for construction items.
One thing you must understand is that we aren't attempting to do this as debt free as possible for our own purposes, scripture tells us not to be a slave to any man, which means several things to our family. One of those things is that we should not have any debt. That is extremely difficult to do, but very possible if you are willing and determined.
So on this journey, we pray ... a lot. We always want to provide the best for our children and God promises He will provide for us, so we pray about our needs. Our need was for a stove.
We walked into the Re-Store and directly in front of us was a Whirlpool oven and glass top stove combo. We circled it a few times and discussed it and walked around the store and returned to it. We asked for information about it and the clerk stated it had just been put on the floor, donated by a home owner that had purchased a new one. It had been tested and all of it worked. If we purchased it, we had three days to try it and return it for store credit. Price? Barely over $100 for the combo. A Whirlpool oven and glass top stove combo in almost perfect condition for barely over $100. I almost cried. To me, this was my Father in Heaven smiling at me saying 'See, I will provide for you'.
My Mother has a glass top stove and it is a true blessing, especially in regards to cleaning it. No it was not gas, but at that point I truly did not care.
Thankfully we had brought the truck that day. It is now in our new kitchen and works great. One glitch though. I have to be very careful how I do my canning on it, which leads to my little video above.
If you look at articles online regarding canning on a glass top stove, they state that you can as long as your canning pot has a flat surface and the pot can only be 1" larger than your burner. The burners are not that big on the stove. I only have one smaller stock pot that would work, but no rack to fit it.
Solution? I had seen something on Pinterest about canning outside over a fire so I went back and found it.
In the video I wasn't too sure about the whole process, but I can now tell you that it works extremely well and I am hooked. I just might pick a cooler day next time though!
Just after I finished the short little video, the water began to boil, I fed the fire to keep the boil going and timed it for what I needed. When the time was up, I simply removed the lid with a hot pad and removed the jars. I found a flat board to place the jars on to cool and let the fire die out. Simple! Also I had a feeling of success at being able to do something without the need for modern things, which I happen to love.
I did not get to the pickles that I mentioned in the video, that is on the list for today!