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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3048 Posts

Posted - Jul 28 2017 :  05:50:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sylvia - what did you decide about the electric water bath canner? My youngest brother has one and swears by it!!! I prefer my old fashioned water bath canner ;) He tells me it is great for smaller batches, which I'm sure it is, but with my crew, a smaller batch means only two full canners worth, rather than 5, hahaha.

Canning hasn't been happening here :( My garden seems to be a flop this year and I haven't found any good produce sales. I'm hoping we get the opportunity to go to the Farmers Market tomorrow and get a look at what they might have. It is really difficult to have such an empty cold storage room and jars with it being the end of July! It is actually quite stressful. We knew this year would be a learning year for us, but ouch! Not sure what we are going to do yet, as our garden produce is usually our source of produce for the winter!

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Cissik
True Blue Farmgirl

497 Posts

Sylvia
Kent WA
USA
497 Posts

Posted - Jul 28 2017 :  4:59:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After talking to the Ball Co. rep, she mentioned that the plug needs to be pushed in hard. I knew I had bumped it the other day so today I tested the canner. Guess what? It works perfectly. I love how it doesn't heat up my kitchen like my large pot canner on a very large burner. My stove has a mega btu burner, and why is it always so bloody hot when we need to do canning? I had x-rays done of my fingers the other day and they've hurt very badly since, so I knew I probably didn't have the plug in as far as it should have been.

Sylvia
Kent, WA
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Cissik
True Blue Farmgirl

497 Posts

Sylvia
Kent WA
USA
497 Posts

Posted - Jul 28 2017 :  5:04:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Jaime for this recipe. I'm dying to try it.

Sylvia
Kent, WA
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3563 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3563 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2017 :  8:58:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
11 qts. Tomatoes.

Farmgirl sister #3926

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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3563 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3563 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2017 :  9:00:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
11 qts. Tomatoes.

Farmgirl sister #3926

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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3563 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3563 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2017 :  9:00:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
whoops

Edited by - forgetmenot on Aug 28 2017 7:51:09 PM
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Leftfieldfarmgirl
Farmgirl at Heart

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Lianne
Port coquitlam B.C.
Canada
4 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2017 :  1:47:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We are spending the summer at our off grid cabin and so far I've make a double batch of raspberry jam. The one thing we have a ton of here is raspberries. I always love the feeling of accomplishment that I get from canning food but somehow doing it here with my tiny kitchen and an old Propane stove, it warms my heart and makes me a little more proud!



We are growing pickling cucs as well and I have managed to put away two quart jars of dill pickles. There are only a dozen plants so it will be a one-jar-at-a-time kind of process for them.

Love hearing all the things you guys are canning!

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2017 :  07:28:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sylvia, guess what? You sold me! I ordered my canner and should arrive today. I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for the nudge.

Katie #7422
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3563 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3563 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2017 :  08:26:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
your raspberry jam looks great, Lianne! I missed mine this year.

Farmgirl sister #3926

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 06 2017 :  08:17:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I too have a Ball electric water bath canner and this is my second year. It works fine but is touchy when it comes to the plug being all the way in. Besides using it for water bath canning I use it to heat jars when pressure canning. I also use the water to fill pressure canner.

Over the last couple of weeks I have put up split pea soup in pressure canner. Chow-chow and mix pickled veggies in electric water bath canner.

Question about porch pickles. Today is the second day and it's raining hard and so I brought the pickles inside. It may be raining tomorrow. What do I do? I had the pickles on my un-covered deck.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

546 Posts

Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
546 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2017 :  05:47:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Put out 2 gallon jars and 1 half gallon of porch pickles to start their 3 day run outside. My tomato plants just need to be pulled up, so disappointing.
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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2017 :  08:35:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jaime, I'm sorry about your tomatoes! Mine aren't doing well either. It's always so sad after putting all that time, work, and energy

Katie #7422
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3563 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3563 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2017 :  2:35:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just finished packaging 1 bushel of sweetcorn with my daughter! We may do more. Iowa sweetcorn is yummy this year!

Farmgirl sister #3926

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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

546 Posts

Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
546 Posts

Posted - Aug 08 2017 :  09:41:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Katie! I'm trying not to obsess about it, lol!

Instead, I am going to smile at how pretty the pickles look in their jars!

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Cissik
True Blue Farmgirl

497 Posts

Sylvia
Kent WA
USA
497 Posts

Posted - Aug 09 2017 :  7:39:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just tasted some refrigerator pickles I made last week. Pretty darn good. Banana peppers are next. Did some pesto today. Can't deal with our smoke and 91º.
Glad I helped with the electric canner. It's greatest asset is easy draining and not heating the kitchen. Speedy water heating a bonus. Blackberry jelly is next on board. Tons of berries.My neighbor planted a domestic berry years ago and it mated with the wild ones. Result: one super delicious and huge berry. Amazing pies and jelly. I prefer jam with seeds but hubby really whines about the jam and seeds. Does anyone have a good method to remove the seeds?

Sylvia
Kent, WA
Farm Girl #5389
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2017 :  06:34:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sylvia, the only way I can think of to remove seeds from jams is to soak crushed berries in just enough water to cover; drain using colander or sieve that would allow the seeds to pass through and not the berries. May have to rinse to get all the seeds. If you want to use the water with the seeds drain through a fine mesh sieve trapping the seeds. May work.

This morning I'm pressure canning 4 pints of dried pinto beans for my sister. In the coming days I hope to put up pork and beef roasts.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2017 :  10:48:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This morning I pressured canned four pints of pork roast.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2017 :  2:57:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never canned meat. My hubby would like me to try.

Katie #7422
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2017 :  3:30:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Katie, I find canning meats as easy as making pickles just different steps. I can for one so I put up pints and have to deal with less preparation of meat. Let us know if you give it a try.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 18 2017 :  05:17:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I pressured canned 4 pints taco soup.
This morning it's 4 pints spaghetti sauce.

That's all the canning for a couple of days so I can do a little housework.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  04:51:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I pressured canned 2 qts and 1 pint chicken broth.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  2:46:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I canned 4 pints of tomato sauce. Today I have started another round. I bet I will get 7 quarts from it. The tomatoes filled my largest pot but I cooked them for 2 days so they reduce quite a bit! The whole house smells like one giant tomato, LOL

Katie #7422
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  6:42:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara of the Yellow Rose, could you please share your recipe for pickled roasted beets with rosemary?

Thanks!

Sara of the Walnut Orchard
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2017 :  06:41:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara of the Walnut Orchard, I love it!

The recipe is out of the America's Test Kitchen D.I.Y. Cookbook.

It's too much for me to type here so if you will send me an PM with your Addy I will mail a copy to you. Have several copes printed up if anyone else want the recipe. Can print more.

I used the recipe to pickle carrots and they are soooo good.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2017 :  4:01:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will do that!

Thanks!
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