So.I got all sorts of helpful ideas from my Facebook friends. A couple even suggested shooting it. Dudes, there were eight pints of green chili in there - shoot it and lose eight pints, are you crazy?
I've run into a little problem with the pressure cooker. I can't get it to unlock and open. I followed the directions, I let it come down to zero pounds of pressure on its own and even let it sit a bit longer before trying to get the lid off.
The lid wouldn't budge.
So I ran the whole thing under cold water to hopefully cool everything so the lid would unlock and come off.
I decided to let the whole thing sit overnight and cool to room temperature. Certainly then the lid would come off.
No way, Jose.
That lid is locked on tight, so we used a rubber "persuader" and one handle broke off, which cut Jay's hand.
Still nothing doing.
How the hell am I going to get my eight pints of pork green chili out of the pressure cooker?!
I was using my Great-Grandma Wheeler's pressure cooker (the one I remember from childhood) and I thought everything was in working order. The gasket looked great, but turned to glue with the heat and the pressure. Oops.
I removed the gauge to equalize the pressure inside and out (it said it was zero, but could have had negative pressure) and that didn't help. Then I followed someone else's suggestion and pushed down on the lid as I rotated it, like you would a pill bottle, and that didn't work. I finally decided that in all likelihood the cooker was going to be a loss anyway and pulled out The Greatest Little Tool Ever (the pry bar from Man Crates).
I used The Greatest Little Tool Ever to try to pry the locking teeth apart on the cooker. At one point, I thought I was going to break the pry bar, but it's a sturdy little dude.
I tried rotating the lid to unlock it from the pot and it didn't work. I was about to give up and then thought, "you dummy, you only did half of the pot!". So I went back and did the other half and gave the lid a twist.
The lid rotated, but still wouldn't come off, but I hadn't wasted almost two hours trying to get the blasted thing off to give up! I did what any frustrated woman would do - I beat on the lid. I slammed it back and forth in rotation, picked up the whole pot by the stuck lid and slammed it on the floor a couple of times. Finally, the gasket started to give, but there were still some sticky parts that didn't want to let go.
What the hell? I'd already used the pry bar a couple of times, why not to "help" the sticky parts along? Next thing I knew, the lid was off! Success!!
You can see the black gasket still firmly attached to the pot. I was so excited about getting into the cooker that I didn't even care about the brackish-looking water. I'm assuming the water was discolored from the metal oxidizing over the past forty years or so the cooker has been in use. (And, yes, my kitchen is so old it still has the 50's kitchen carpet in it.)
Looks like all I need to do is replace the gasket and get a new handle for the lid to replace the one that broke when Jay was "persuading" the lid to come off and we're back in business! Now, who knows where I can get a new gasket for a pressure cooker that is at least as old as I am?
|Water-bath processed green chili on the left, pressure canned pork green chili on the right.|