There were small moves in the interim, but the Big Move down the road happened yesterday. Temps were forecast into the low 80s so it was time to attain a bit more elevation.
broken crockpot (user error)
Because of the fast turnaround I had the ingredients for the bean dinner already measured out and ready to go. I pulled the hot loaf out and got it onto a cooling rack. I dumped the dry ingredients and dried rinsed beans into the crock. I started pouring in the water and thought “…this might not be a great idea…”. I heard a click and hoped it was expansion/contraction noise. It was holding water.
About an hour into it I started seeing steam. The crock had indeed cracked and took a while top open up wide enough to the liquid to leak out. By the time I got it unplugged most of the liquid was inside the crock heating element and empty base.
hotplate pressure cooker
I decanted the beans into my 4qt pressure cooker, replaced the water and brought it to pressure. Normally I pressure-cook beans for ~30mins but these already had an hour under their belt.
I’d been curious to know if the mini-hotplate coul hold the cooker at pressure; it could.
I gave the beans about 20mins at 10lbs and let it depressurize naturally. They were close to done so I set them aside until about 4:30p and reheated them for a 5pm sinner; that worked well.
I disassembled the crock and cleaned/dried it out. It still works well but is unsuitable for liquid dishes. I will continue to use it for dry baking until I can source a replacement.
Provisioning on Route 66
The area between Kingman and Flagstaff is quaint but supplies are rare and extremely expensive. Seeing $5.50 loaves of plain white bread redoubled my willingness to bake my own bread.
Luckily the larder has lots of staples; I was able to supplement it with a few items from a Family Dollar along the way.
a site off Old Route 66
There’s a large dispersed area but it was pretty crowded. I poked around in the area and found a secluded area with good Tmo and Verizon. There is some noise from I40 about a mile away when the wind is right/wrong, but it’s droney and not distracting.
The site is about 100yds off an abandoned section of Old Route 66; the pic above shows this stretch of road.
Looks like the weather will hold here for at least a week.
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