Yesterday I paid a visit to Lakeland to follow up to see exactly which Ball jars they had in stock and planning which jars would be suitable for me to use for different projects i.e. the tiny ones for making home made cheeses (the fruit cheese) or membrillo, jam or equally for bottling blueberries and cranberries where only small amounts of fruit are needed. I had become very excited about the Ball bottling jars and wondered whether or not this was a precursor of things to come and when I found the Ball Blue preserving book produced specifically for this country and had a look at the recipes I was filled with hope and got very excited about being able to produce such goodies in my own kitchen. Recipes like bottled, crab, clams,chicken and beef. Logic dictated to me that surely they were now going to stock Pressure Preservers or Pressure Canners otherwise the recipes in the book would be of no assistance to me at all. However it is a beautiful book and only £5 and will come in useful in the future one is destined for my book shelf.
So I contacted Lakeland to find out whether I was barking at the moon and they have confirmed to me today that they have no plans to sell Pressure Preservers/Canners at present however they have passed it on as an idea for their buying department for the future. I am not sure I can wait that long so a Pressure Canner/Preserver is now high on my list even if I have to import one from the States.
Catch you soon.