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What are you canning today?
March 1, 2012
10:53 am
Linda Goble
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Victoria,

I thought you couldn't can soups with cream in it.  How did you make your broccoli and asparagus soups?  I would love to do this myself.  I have asparagus to that we planted last year so ours will be next year for picking too.  I grow broccoli every year so to make soup with it would be great to can for my hubby.  Of course I would have to use soy milk instead of dairy for him. happy-flower

March 1, 2012
9:58 pm
Victoria
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For my cream of whatever soups, I make the recipe for canning but do the Roux and cream upon reheat. I also put the instructions on my jars. I like it better that way actually because then I can do either just regular broccoli (or whatever veggie) soup and also cream of broccoli. As much as I would love to take credit for the idea… the wonderful people on canning2 yahoo group are to credit. I see a ton of Dede's recipes there also that I have tried and loved. But between canning2 and Darlene's preservation group, I could a different recipe for everyday of the rest of my life and never be able to do them all… I love it!!!! Now if I could just move to closer to you all on the East lol.. I would be a happier camper. My homestead/homemade ways are viewed as "hippy" in my area. And not the good "hip" ways either.. the redneck backwoods hippy way lol. Oh well… I love being me :)

March 1, 2012
10:57 pm
Miss Judy
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Victoria

I live in rural Missouri and my ways are seen as very "old school".  I don't care. I figure if it works for me who are "they" to raise eyebrows. I figure I am better equipped to take care of my household than any of my coworkers. And guess what…they come to me for all kinds of answers and they love my jams, jellies and salsas!yes

March 1, 2012
11:29 pm
Victoria
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Thanks Miss Judy.. some days I feel so displaced. I am very old school. I had the best teachers thou… my grandparents and I am proud to be doing what they taught me. Some days the teasing from the neighbors bothers me (usually very kind people but VERY wasteful and convenience driven, keep up with the jones's sort), but I remind myself that what I do also teaches my kids and makes them self suffienct also and I have fun doing it, my DH loves it (he is so spoiled lol)… So as my kiddos would say "its all good in the Hood" <g>

March 4, 2012
4:03 pm
brookdale
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Well, I don't know if this is actually"canning" although I did put it in canning jars…made 4 half pints of cranberry/orange relish today. I had some oranges in the fridge that had to be used up, and cranberries in the freezer from Christmas. Recipe from FarmBell.

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April 14, 2012
11:02 pm
Miss Judy
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I was gifted a gallon of  sliced beets…plus I had several small cans on my shelf…so I canned 14 pints of spiced pickled beets.

April 15, 2012
11:36 am
mcnerd
Southern California
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Decided to make "Grandma's Chili Sauce" (Ball Recipe) using a couple #10 cans of diced tomatoes that I got for less than $2/can recently.  Normally I don't use/recommend commercially canned products for further canning, but tomatoes seem to work well in this regard and I don't have enough fresh available right now.

April 16, 2012
7:51 am
jane
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On Kickstarter I saw where a lady's project was funded to manufacture a plastic lid for canning jars with a spout in the lid for pouring.  It is to look like the old metal lids.  She was to start manufacturing in Nov or so but have not seen it to order yet but it is a great idea.  i also saw on line where they took the spout off a salt container and made a spout for the canning jar.  

April 16, 2012
9:52 am
BuckeyeGirl
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Yep, a few of us backed her on kickstarter jane, here's the thread where there's some talk about it.  http://chickensintheroad.com/forum/living-the-country-dream/what-a-great-idea/page-3/#p100011 

I tried it for sugar, but went back to my wide mouth short jar with a plastic lid, I just like using a spoon for sugar I suppose, but I have ground flax seed in one and iced tea in another in the fridge.  I'm probably going to get some sun tea started in a half gallon jar and use another for that.

I know it's plastic, (though BPA free), but I'd so much rather use and re-use a canning jar and this one small bit of plastic than all-plastic containers.  I'm sure people with kids prefer plastics in some cases, but really canning jars are darn tough.

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May 30, 2012
9:38 am
Miss Judy
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Planning on making Strawberry/Mango  Jam and maybe some pickled beets.

June 8, 2012
8:02 pm
Ruthmarie
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I'm doing some canning for the first time this year … it's been hectic.  Today it is Loquat Fig Chutney having bought some loquats & pretty red onions at last weekend's farmers market.  The recipe doesn't call for figs, but I had a handful of Calmyria still in the frig … still thickening on the stove, it smells utterly awesome.  Love this sweet-spicy stuff on burgers with sharp cheddar.

Thinking I may dig through our small freezer tomorrow and loosen its load by cooking Berry Conserves with the berries still frozen from last year … DD was making noises as she dug through the canning cupboard that her favorite is, "Whut? It's all GONE?! Nooooooo!"  Hmmm, have only done that recipe twice and it looks to be entrenched in the canning lineup.

June 8, 2012
8:46 pm
justdeborah2002
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Ruthmarie, would you be willing to share that loquat fig chutney recipe?  It sounds so delicious.  

I am a huge fan of fig chutney on pork tenderloin, served with carmelized onions and apples, and that sounds like it would be even better.  

queen of make it fit
June 9, 2012
12:34 pm
Ruthmarie
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Justdeborah20, I've uploaded the recipe under "Loquat Chutney" … the fig addition is part of the fruit measure and according to taste (or whatcha got!).  Tell you what, share your Fig Chutney as I haven't tried an all fig recipe and it sounds pretty intriguing as well.  I don't own a tree but I look for deals at the farmers market.  I lo-oove sweet condiments on any pork and am very fond of chutneys.  Its the sweet 'n spicy thingy.

June 9, 2012
1:21 pm
justdeborah2002
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oh…now I'm shamed….I don't have a fig chutney recipe…(ducking head in shame)shhhh….I <gasp> buy it from the grocery store.  

queen of make it fit
June 9, 2012
1:41 pm
Ruthmarie
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RLOL! no worries & where are you finding a fig chutney???  Come on, give, a brand name perhaps? 'cause I sure haven't seen one here but may not have been looking hard enough.  Seriously, some of us do not can everything on our shelves.  I'd need at least 3 concurrent lives …

June 9, 2012
3:23 pm
justdeborah2002
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I don't know if you have Loblaws or Great Canadian Superstores in the States, but that's where I get the President's Choice black label brand of Fig Chutney, and they sell it in the deli department, on top of the cheese and salumi refridgerated display cases.

 

But on topic, I picked up more Bing cherries to process, about 10 lbs, at $1.88 a pound!  Woo hoo, what a steal.  

This is my second year of canning, and I've learned over the past year what I actually use, what I need to put up more of, what not to do this year.  What a wonderful journey it has been.

queen of make it fit
June 9, 2012
3:43 pm
Ruthmarie
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Thank you, justdeborah20, but I don't think I'll readily find your interesting label of fig chutney (but will check our World Market in import section) … but the idea has wormed into the brain.  Perhaps someone else will have a tried and true fig chutney as a quick search online had popped some interesting selections like Fig & Marsala Chutney or Fig & Pear Chutney.  So many possibilities!.. but a bit pricey with shipping and fresh figs will eventually show up here ….

Kudos to your score on cherries!  Canning definitely has a level of creative addiction.

June 10, 2012
1:07 pm
kellyb
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One batch of Dede's Hot Pepper Butter.  I had frozen the pepper puree last summer and finally got around to making it.  I got 8 pints and 1 half pint.  This won't last long at our house.  My son-in-law steals pints each time he visits.  I've seen my son finish off a 1/2 pint for lunch.  He'll make 2 or 3 sandwiches and then use the rest as prettzle dip.  Good stuff!

June 10, 2012
10:14 pm
wvhomecanner
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Been too busy to can anything and it's killing me! LOL

Passing on a very cool tip though I just saw – milk brushed on plain paper makes the perfect wash-off label for canning jars. Waiting to see if the lady who tried and loved it uses laser or inkjet labels but I love this idea – especially if you use Tattler lids and no longer mark on the lid.

 

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June 11, 2012
9:08 am
SunwoodFarms
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I need to call some stores, but IF I can still find rhubarb, I want to make rhubarb jam today. I also need to go to the farm stand and get strawberries for strawberry lemonade concentrate and more strawberry jam.

 

Funny story – A few years ago I made freezer strawberry jam. Hubby didn't like it. He's a Smuckers strawberry jam only guy. I made a small batch of strawberry vanilla jam last week, made him try it and he was like "Oh yeah, you need to make more of that!"  Yay!

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