Epic Canning Failure
Wow. If you ever wanted to know what happens if you do not get a proper seal when you can fruit, just ask me.
It makes a really gross mess that happens pretty slowly so you don’t notice it until you discover sweet, rotting syrup running from your cabinets. Ya. That kind of gross.
Oh. And, bonus, there will be this mysterious infestation of ants that will lead you to the syrup trail. You will be completely grossed out by all of it. Trust me.
What, pray tell, did I do to deserve this mess?
I did not process the jars well enough to seal them, I guess. I’m thinking that the mid-week canning session that I was so proud of was just a little too hurried. Complete failure. Total waste of time, effort and fruit.
I just wanted to cry.
Then, this happened:
What is that? That, my bloggy friends, is a foaming jar of near rancid peaches. Pretty gross, huh? Oh … but, I’m not done here. There is a lesson that you need to learn with me.
DO NOT JUST REACH DOWN AND OPEN THAT JAR TO EMPTY THE CONTENTS INTO THE SINK.
DO NOT DO IT.
I did it.
Wanna know what happened next???
It exploded fizzy, sticky, peach syrup all over me! Did I mention that it is rotting?? Rancid fizzy peach syrup! Freakin’ gross. And, just because I feel like oversharing right now, most of it went straight to the front of my neck … gag.
This is how I spent my evening. Cleaning out the cabinet (above) and cleaning off the counter (below) where the syrup dripped. It is drying out now. I bleached everything. But, I still feel sticky … and a little stupid.
p.s. Please share your kitchen/cooking/canning disasters with me so I feel better about this.