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What are you canning today?
September 8, 2013
6:42 pm
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Pete
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Judydee, those pickles sound wonderful!  Do we have the recipe anywhere?  (Hint, hint.)

Was supposed to get some "Almost homemade" pickles done today, but life got in the way.  Alas.  Maybe tomorrow.

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September 9, 2013
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not canned today, but finished and put away 18 quarts of spaghetti sauce and 5 quarts of tomato sauce.  Took three days to do it all, after work.  

 

While sorting out my canning shelves, noticed I need to make more strawberry jam, down to only two jars!

queen of make it fit

September 10, 2013
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Finishing up the banana peppers today, some will be stuffed with a sausage mixture the rest will be canned.  Hubby likes to have banana pepper spears on his sandwiches. 

Hot/Mild Banana Peppers

2 1/2 gals white vinager

2 1/2 gal water

Bring this to a boil

Mean while take a bu. banana peppers, clean and slice into spears. Pack tightly into quart jars. To each jar add 1 t each of canning salt (or not) sugar, allum, olive oil and crushed or sliced garlic.  Add boiling mixture to 1' wipe rims, seal and BWB for 20 mins.

Enjoy!

 

September 11, 2013
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Pete,

I've been trying to post the ripe cucumber pickle recipe on Farm Bell, but am having "technical difficulties" (don't ever see that on the TV anymore).  Anyway, I'll keep trying to get it sorted out and update as soon as it's posted.

 

 

September 12, 2013
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Thanks, judydee!  Will look forward to seeing that recipe one of these days.  We had a couple of technical difficulties at this end which may or may not have related to that which you were having.

Meanwhile, I finally got 6 pints of those sweet dills done.  Still have 2 gallons of dill pickles to process, though.  At least the pile of boxed jars for gift baskets is becoming impressive in size.  Hurray!

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September 14, 2013
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On Thursday My sister gave me about 20 pounds of beef shanks and knuckles quite meatless. yesterday I put them all in a large roasting pan with onions, carrots and celery and oven roasted them until nicely browned and then added a couple of gallons of water and simmered them in the oven for about 6 more hours. I skimmed the fat and saved that and canned 7-24 ounce jars of stock the color of strong tea. Today I added more water to the pan and simmered it in the oven for about 6 hours and got enough more for 10 half pints. The small jars are good for small amounts of gravy.

September 15, 2013
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A friend of ours alerted us to the rare appearance of cucumbers in town yesterday, so we scooped some up and I canned 4 quarts of pickles and 1 pint of pickled carrots. The cukes turned a little softer than I'd like and I'm not sure why. I did add pickle crisp, so maybe it's just the type of cukes. No idea what kind they are. Bonus: everyone loves the pickled carrots and we can buy those year round, so I've discovered another way to fix this staple veg and have them always ready-to-eat. Important, 'cause my guys are a little lazy. Okay, me too, but I will peel a carrot if I want a snack. They won't. Now, they won't have to. Open jar, eat food. So happy.

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September 15, 2013
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@Ross--you've got a great sister. Not only do we here in the city have to pay for our bones, I personally have to fight my Dobermann for them. She can pick them out of the freezer! When I do manage to garner a couple, I roast them as you mentioned. Great way to get beefy stock!
Say, do you have a recipe for Stone Soup?

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September 16, 2013
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My daughter and I canned 14 qts of tomato juice yesterday afternoon. The tomatoes were a gift from a friend who was tired of "messing with garden stuff". Love my friends....and my daughter happy-flower

September 19, 2013
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We canned 4 quarts of spag. sauce this morning using the tomatoes from our little garden. It really produced well this year with all of the rain.

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September 20, 2013
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Pete, I've been trying to post the ripe cucumber pickle recipe on Farm Bell, but am having "technical difficulties" (don't ever see that on the TV anymore).  Anyway, I'll keep trying to get it sorted out and update as soon as it's posted.    

The recipe is posted now!  happy-flowerhttp://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/ripe-cucumber-pickles-from-aunt-florence/

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September 20, 2013
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And it looks wonderful!  And very frugal.  Love it when that happens!

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September 26, 2013
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I just finished making chili sauce from the Ball Blue Book.  This is the first time I have attempted to make it.  I ended up with 6 1/2 pints of sauce.  Man, it seems like it takes forever for tomatoes to cook down.  I started Tues. morning and after peeling, seeding and coring them I started the cooking process in the evening and finished them today.  This was also the first time I had ever worked with hot peppers (yes I wore gloves). 

 My tomato plants have been very fruitful this year.  I have some more ripening and am tempted to dry some of them. 

Tomorrow I will be making applesauce and probably some apple jelly.  That should help freezer space.  I had frozen sliced apples last year and hadn't done anything with them.  

 

 

 

September 27, 2013
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mamajhk said
Man, it seems like it takes forever for tomatoes to cook down.  I started Tues. morning and after peeling, seeding and coring them I started the cooking process in the evening and finished them today.  

They take forever!  That's why I was so happy investing in a steam juicer.  I already had a mill of sorts, so I was lucky there, but I finally was able to use that attachment....it had been sitting in the cupboard for years.  Tomato, apple and pear seasons, they really get a work out!

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October 11, 2013
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There's been a bumper crop of chantrelle mushrooms this fall due to the long dry summer and the couple large rainfalls late in september and early october.  Been picking those puppies by the 5 gallon bucket.  I usually freeze or dehydrate them.  This time I canned most of them and also dehydrated some to make mushroom powder for seasoning soups and gravies.  YUM!fork

October 11, 2013
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I didn't can anything today.  The tomatoes seemed to have run their course.  I have made chili sauce and barbecue sauce both for the first time. I also have made a batch of grape jelly (from store bought juice that had been sitting in the fridge taking up space).  Applesauce from apples in the freezer from last year and also some jelly from some of them.  

October 30, 2013
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Just finished the last of this year tomatoes, made more sauce.  14 1/2 pints of apple butter, boy did the house smell so good from that!!  Tomorrow some apple jelly, and who knows,,maybe some apple pie!  Life is good!!sun

October 31, 2013
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Not sure where to post this, but Sams Club has the blue Ball pint canning jars, 12-pk, for 14.98! I found this on their website and went down and bought some today. Thought some of you might like to know.happy-flower

NOTE: This for a box of 12, not 6 like everywhere else I've seen for at least $10.

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November 2, 2013
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Canning potato soup today; first time using clear gel. Hope it works and is tasty!

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November 3, 2013
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Brookdale,

Thanks for the news about the blue canning jars. They have been very hard to find here.  Our Sam's doesn't have them in the store, but I ordered on-line and they have FREE shipping!  I'm not quite sure what I'll put in them--would love to hear how others are using them.

Made 6 pints of muscadine jelly yesterday, YUM YUM!  And so pretty in the quilted jelly jars.Why didn't I get more muscadines when they were available?

 

 

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