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What are you canning today?
September 23, 2011
11:47 pm
BuckeyeGirl
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Girl, you said you had a BBB!

just kidding, I know how it is.  Normally in a regular pot I'd put a quarter cup or so of water in the bottom of the pot when starting to cook the apples, (just enough to cover the bottom of the pot to start them to steam, to help them get going at the start, but I don't think you'll need to in a crock pot. 

I wouldn't worry about soaking them in lemon water before hand.  You're cooking and smushing them! A little brown isn't going to be a problem… If you have so many that it's going to take you hours to get them in the pot, you can if it makes you happy, but I wouldn't bother.  chef  you'll do fine!  you really will!

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September 26, 2011
11:23 am
mamawolf
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I''m canning 10 pints of green tomato relish from a recipe given to my grandmother by her sister-in-law who knows how long ago.  And to make it even better I'm using my grandmother''s old cast iron food grinder which my mother used also which is attached to my mother's old oak table.  Nothing outstanding about any of this but I wanted to share a bit of family history.

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September 26, 2011
11:45 am
Miss HomeEcs Daughter
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It is going to be a short day of putting by today, just a couple of batches of strawberry jam, one cooked with a 1/2 of a vanilla bean and one batch made with strawberry balsamic vinegar. 

Yesterday I made Prickly Pear Jelly, Blueberry/Peach Jam, and a trial batch of Candied Jalepeno's (not tried before and has to set for two weeks, so don't know how good or evil this will be, the syrup is very sweet and HOT!) 

September 26, 2011
12:49 pm
Pete
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Oh, mama!  That sounds absolutely wonderful!!  I LOVE using old appliances and family treasures.

I have been putting some jars into my grandmother's old cubbard the last couple of days.  I never knew her to put pies in it, but some of the holes in the back of the lower shelves still have the old bits of screen attached.  My Mom always said that her mother kept jams and pickles in there, so I am finally getting around to clearing the shelves so that they will once again hold jars of jams and pickles!

Oh, well, that was totally off topic!  Will one of the mods kindly chastise me for doing that?  poke

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September 26, 2011
3:20 pm
justdeborah2002
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Yesterday canned up 19 half pints of caramelized onions.  Today, my neighbour dropped off a half bushel of apples she picked on the weekend, and knew I would love to have, so applesauce it is, 5 pints.  Plus 1 pint not canned but went directly into an applesauce cake that I used my dried apple and pear chunks from last season, as well as some dates from Algiers, also from a friend.

(I have the best kind of friends!)hug

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September 26, 2011
4:28 pm
mamawolf
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Today was the first time in about 25 years that the old grinder has been used.  Poor thing probably didn't know what to think!.  All the lovely juices from grinding the veggies will be going into a lovely veggie juice tomorrow with the addition of dehydrated bell peppers, carrots, parsnips, cucumbers and zucchini.  Wouldn''t have thought of it except for the comment on your green tomato relish recipe.

 

Pete I don''t think any of the moderators will chastise you – just get your wet noodle and give yourself 3 lashes! 

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September 26, 2011
4:58 pm
Pete
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OK…     french

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September 28, 2011
11:34 am
Bambitski
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Today I am canning 7 quarts of kosher dill green tomatoe quarters, green tomatoe relish, and defrosting a bunch of pork to cook up tomorrow and can on Thursday night and Friday morning.  Hopefully Friday, I can get some apples and work on my plum jam.

September 28, 2011
12:09 pm
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Seven quarts of Dede's peppers in tomato sauce.  I can't can enough of this.  My family just loves it.

September 28, 2011
5:07 pm
justdeborah2002
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Today its 7 quarts of chicken stock.  

My restaurant was doing a catering, and we deboned chickens for it.  I got the ok to take the carcasses home….22 chickens, woooo hoooo!  

The broth is such a dark brown, it's so strong.  It will make great turkey gravy next week for Thanksgiving!

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September 28, 2011
6:08 pm
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@ justdeborah, oh mang did you SCORE!!!!  That is so fantastic!  22 chicken carcasses that were probably not picked properly!  …though they probably got what they wanted out of the deal and then, so did you!  SCORE!!!!!

I worked for a caterer when I was in high school, it was some super HARD work!  It's awesome that you can take advantage of the need for speed in catering jobs!  You scored girl!!!

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September 28, 2011
11:57 pm
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  O my dear friends,  Where o where do you get all the produce for these amazing canning extravaganzas !  ?

 

   next year I'm going to scrounge the countryside looking for such lovely deals.  what i would give for some bushels of apples.  cannot keep applesauce canned around here…chow slurp and swallow is all I hear after the lid pops off… i have to hide some for the christmas baskets,  please. !

  Oh well,  i guess it's better than cheetos.

  peppers ala Dede…I didn't even get to can any !!!   I had to make pepperoni pizza rolls with those babies for a week straight…

    scrounging tomorrow.

laur

September 29, 2011
6:05 am
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Let's see, working on tomatoes, okra, peppers, pears and apples.  Busy Busy morning ahead for me. 

September 29, 2011
7:02 am
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laur said:

  O my dear friends,  Where o where do you get all the produce for these amazing canning extravaganzas !  ?

  peppers ala Dede…I didn't even get to can any !!!   I had to make pepperoni pizza rolls with those babies for a week straight…

    scrounging tomorrow.

Depending on where you live, you may want to see if you have any produce auctions.  I live in an area with a lot of Amish and Mennonite families and they have several produce autions within 45 minutes of where I live.  They bring in their local produce and people come and bid and buy it.  The quantities are usually rather large.  Last week I bought 3 1/2 bushels of apples for $6/half bushel.  I also got onions for $4/half bushel.  Those prices were actually higher than I had paid last year.  We've had terrible flooding for the past month so much of the produce has been ruined.  I've been going for about 3 years now so I know several people.  If there's anything I want but don't want to buy such a big quantity, I'll ask them if they want to split it. 

DH picked a half bushel of peppers from the garden on Sunday so I got another batch of peppers in sauce made.  When the tomatoes were going crazy I canned extra plain sauce because I knew I'd try and get another batch of this great recipe canned.

Don't hesitate to let people know that you're interested in taking/buying any extra garden goodies they may have.  You never know what bounty you may receive.  Always remember to share some goodies with them.

September 29, 2011
7:15 am
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At the apple orchards here, you can "pick your own" for a really reasonable price. Also, some places sell "drops" and you can pick the fallen apples up off the ground, bag them up and only pay a very small price for them.

Going apple picking in the fall is a family ritual here for lots of folks. Some orchards even have hayrides, a corn maze, animals to pet, homemade ice cream, or other family fun things to do there.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!
September 29, 2011
7:45 am
justdeborah2002
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Laur, I second what KellyB said.  Get the word out.  Tell people you want their castoffs, their extras, their unwanted.  And you never know what will show up at your door.  It can be a little unsettling, not knowing if or what you will have to work with, and you have to be able to drop everything to work on what product your friends do bring.

For example, in the last week, I had a neighbour bring over 15 pounds of concorde grapes that grow in her friend's yard.  Boom, I made made up 22 half pints of jelly in total, splitting them in half with my neighbour.

Two days after that, a friend dropped off a half bushel of apples "cause she thought I would like them".  Well of course I would, and so did my friend, after I gave back to her an applesauce cake with Syrian dates (also given from a diplomat friend).

Then yesterday, I spoke up at my restaurant about chicken carcasses that were heading for the garbage.  7 Quarts of strong, beautiful chicken stock later, it was worth asking to take them home.  The worst that could have happened is they could have said no.

As the BF always says, free or on sale food always tastes better than full-priced food.

Get the word out and it will come to you.

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September 29, 2011
9:24 am
Landodixy
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Laur…

 

Ditto everything already said about letting people know what you're interested in.  In fact, on my blog today and for past couple of days, that is exactly what I've written about…well, sort of.  It was more along the lines of seeing fruit/nut trees in my travels that appeared to have been neglected and having the nerve to stop and ask the owners if they wanted them.  Not once have I been told 'no' and, in fact, had a guy call me last night to ask me if I wanted to come get some scuppernongs today!  (I bought my 5 gal bucket with me today and have a sheet as well.  Sometimes they are so ripe you can just shake a little and they'll fall right off.  Pull up the corners of the sheet and it makes collecting a breeze!)

 

Aside from produce that I was given throughout the summer (usually at the end of the Farmers market day), I've been given (or asked a stranger about) unwanted muscadines, scuppernongs, black walnuts, pears (from 2 different people), apples (from 2 different people), persimmons, and chestnuts. 

 

So, the next time you ride by and see a fruit tree with fruit all over the ground, chances are the owners aren't that concerned about it.  Stop and ask if they plan to use it and if you can clean it up off the ground for them! 

 

Debbie

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September 29, 2011
1:34 pm
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I wasn't prepared for the grape call I got yesterday. The local Amish store called and said they were in. I had other plans, but went and got them right away. After all, apples can wait longer than grapes. I made 24 pints of jelly. I can't believe how perfectly the amounts came out. Not one drop extra! One of the batches I used the small amount of wild grapes I had harvested and the first run scraps from running them through the food mill. I just returned the scraps and the wild grapes to the pot, added a little water, and cooked again before running them through the food mill a few more times. Came out yummy. I can't wait until I can harvest enough wild grapes to do an entire batch.

This afternoon I may try to finish up my very small, under ripe pears. I tried using some of them like apples and making pear sauce. I sweetened it and added cinnamon. It is delicious. I think possibly better than applesauce. Our tree is loaded with thousands of pears, but this year they are so small-- many the size of crab apples. I couldn't let them go to waste, so I quartered them and processed for sauce. I made some originally from ripe pears from our smaller tree and thought it was too liquid-y. That's why I decided to try the green ones, to see if I could get a little more substance to it. I'm glad I did. My kids can't get enough of it. They could eat a quart each…. every day!  bug-eyed…..if I let them…..which I don't shame-on-you.

September 29, 2011
2:19 pm
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pears make wonderful chutney. Thanks for the memory jog. I am fixing chicken curry sausage stuffed peppers tonight.

September 29, 2011
8:28 pm
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I have a chili canning question – In my BBB is a chili recipe w/no beans.  I'd like to add some, is this safe? I'd be PCing.

If ok, should I use already commercially-canned beans or prepare dried beans?

thank you

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