It was, to put it mildly, a catastrophic failure.
I now know refried beans are one of the foods home canners should NOT attempt to can.
Thanks to reader suggestions, I stopped trying to can refried beans, and now I just can cooked pintos, which can be whipped into refried beans in no time flat. (This is a much safer method.)
Anyway, that was several years ago. Then two days ago I received the following emai:
Dear Ms. Lewis:My reply:
I am working on an exhibit for the National Agricultural Library on the history of home canning and I would like to use one of the images from your blog post [she referenced the refried beans post]. I would be happy to give you credit and provide a link back to the original post.
Please let me know if this is something you would consider. Thanks in advance, Emily
Emily Marsh, Ph.D., MLS
Librarian | Digital Library Branch
National Agricultural Library
Permission granted. As my husband points out (tongue-in-cheek), one of my major canning errors will thereby become enshrined in a national archive. Wheee!So there you have it, folks. My biggest and most impressive canning blunder will be immortalized forever.