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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Mar 21 2018 :  08:43:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara thanks for the shout out but I will yield to a FarmGirl that actually does it. I am trying my best to get away form stuffing my overhead freezer with things I later throw out. My interests lay with canning; drying; and fermenting. Speaking of fermenting I haven't done any over the winter because my kitchen is too warm and Yellow Rose Cottage is too cold. Soon as the A/C comes on I will be fermenting up a storm.



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

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Nancy
Riverside County CA
USA
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Posted - Mar 21 2018 :  11:18:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara that is good to know I can make applesauce and can it. I love my applesauce recipe I got in Jr High Home Ec. class back in 1971. Wow that is so long ago.

Store bought applesauce just sits in my fridge. Now I have to dig that recipe out and make some.

My local kitchen supply store is having a hands on canning class 4/11/18. Even though I have basic knowledge it is so fun to meet other folks with the same hobby.

TW

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 22 2018 :  03:02:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven done any canning recently though i really want to. I even bought a 2nd canner which i havent used yet. It drives me crazy canning only one batch at a time. We are finally moving in 2 years to buy our own home, and I cant imagine lugging around cases of heavy canned food. Besides we have canned food from 3 years ago that has yet to be eaten. If i do any canning now it maybe be just a couple of cases of soup for emergencies, or like sauerkraut, which i plan on making this year and canning. When we move i'm going to re-stock the pantry with canned food :) For a while now i've been freezing and vacuum sealing meals (which go quick) as an alternative to canning food for the time being. I plan on also dehydrating veggies again this year too.

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Tumbleweed
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nancy
Riverside County CA
USA
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Posted - Mar 22 2018 :  7:55:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Connie,
Are you planning on getting a bit of acreage? We are retiring this year and moving out of this state. We are hoping for 5 to 10 acres. So excited and nervous at the same time.

Good luck with your move. Hope you find your dream home.

TW

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 23 2018 :  02:09:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Nancy, we are definitely going to have acreage, likely at least 10 acres+ because we want to set up a shooting/target area. My husband and I are both gun owners, and of course we want privacy, and no more hearing neighbors scream 20' away, LOL. I also want to be able to ride a dirt bike around the property, because it just doesn't work on half an acre of property-unless you like going around in circles. We'd love to get property bordering state land, that would be ideal. I can't wait because I will be putting up a new greenhouse! I've been dreaming about my greenhouse for a long time.

We are excited and nervous too, but we have to leave this tourist filled, over priced, and over rated town that's literally become nothing more than a party destination for out of towners. Too many wineries and breweries around here. It use to be all potato farms. Goodness you can't even drive here on the weekend in the summer, it's literally that packed with tourists. We've had instances of tourists on the weekends here, where they will cut in front of you in the store, and literally say "what are you doing in the store on the weekend", like the locals shouldnt be out because they have showed up. Many are very rude, its so ridiculous. Houses on my block are ranging from over a half million dollars to nearly a million because out of towners are moving in, and turning the neighborhoods into their summer homes, and literally pricing everyone out, which is why we are leaving. Then our landlord feels justified in continually raising our rent because of the 'price of housing'. They are comparing a house they barely keep up with with homes that are taken over by city people, and are fixed up. The greed makes me sick. I can't wait for our move. I've been living in this town for 19 years, and I think that whatever 'ruralness' remains here will be long gone in a couple of decades or less. What a shame.

Give me the mountains, trees and birds and I shall be in peace :)

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Mar 23 2018 :  06:09:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I am prepping to pressure can tomorrow. Beef shank and beef bones with veg & herbs covered with spring water in slow cooker for beef broth. Will cook long and low.

Tomorrow I will prep baby bella mushrooms for mushroom broth by cooking in slow cooker same way as for beef broth but not as long. To can on Sun morning.

Today I will fill the electric canner with water to keep jars warm and to have hot water for pressure canner. There is no water in the Yellow Rose Cottage so I have to carry water in large plastic vinegar jugs. Takes 3 to fill electric canner. Good thing the next canning day it will probably just take one jug of water.







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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 23 2018 :  08:04:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara that sounds delicious

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Mar 23 2018 :  08:14:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, broths are one of my favorite things to can. Next is dried beans.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 23 2018 :  08:47:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've done dried beans, so easy

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2018 :  05:11:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have 4 pints corncob broth in pressure canner. Good as base for potato soup/chowder & veg. soup. Found 5 ears of corn on marked down shelf at Kelly's Fruit & Veg stand for $1.50. I don't eat corn and my sister didn't want it after I cut it off cob so I cooked it all over night in slow cooker with a little salt and spring water. The corn made for a richer broth than if I had just used the cobs.

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

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 27 2018 :  05:12:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara that sounds interesting, I've never heard of that.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2018 :  05:21:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I've been making it for several years now when I can get the cobs. I small batch-can so do mostly pints. I don't grow what I can so I try to find it on sale or marked down for quick sale. When our Farmer's Market opens in May I will have more choices - like beets to pickle.

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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Tumbleweed
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Nancy
Riverside County CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2018 :  12:47:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie you are my kind of gal. My husband and both like to shoot and love archery. I never been on a dirt bike but would jump at the chance. Good luck with your plans.

We have the same rude congestion here in Riverside county. Can't wait to move.

TW

The fun begins where the sidewalk ends. Shel Silverstein
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Mar 27 2018 :  12:56:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Nancy,

I guess you've also never been on a Harley going 80, it's exhilarating ;) Today we get to watch one of our neighbors murdering trees for their new pool. I hate when people cut down tree's for no good reason. It really gets me upset. We're just counting the days....

At least we enjoyed a nice barbecue today, staying positive :)

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2018 :  07:03:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
4 pints heirloom Eye of the Goat dried beans.



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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - Apr 08 2018 :  6:23:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just wanted to give an update on my experiment to re-use canning lids. I have done 3 batches of various items, both water bath and pressure. I used both new and used lids.
They all sealed the same. I was scrupulous in making sure the used ones looked exactly like the new ones (seal unblemished, pop intact). When I open my lids, I just use my fingernail, and inspect to make sure there is no denting or deformities of the rubber seal.
My take on this is that as long as the food is properly prepared, the jars are properly sterilized, and the food properly processed, re-using lids is OK.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 09 2018 :  06:39:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa, you did good with all your testing. Gotta a question for you - how do you open your jars? I use a church key and sometimes the ends get bent upward so they aren't re-useable.

Today I'm pressure canning hambone broth made from my sister's Easter ham.

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 - Apr 10 2018 :  07:06:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the jars of hambone broth didn't seal. Don't know why? All lids and jars were handled the same way. I will use it to make something in the next day or two. I will continue to use new lids to eliminate one of the variables in canning. I'm such a weary-wart when it comes to canning - so afraid I will do something wrong. I may try new combinations or new veg/broths but I stay true to the tried and true process.

I accept Lisa's test and if when I am more experienced when it comes to canning I will probably follow her and use used lids but for now I'm not sure of my own canning abilities.

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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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lisa
Georgetown OH
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Posted - Apr 10 2018 :  07:28:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haha! Sometimes a jar just doesn't seal. Maybe some grease got around the lid, or something like that. YOu sked how I open my lids; I just slip my thumb or finger underneath and pop it up. It is really not that hard. That way it doesn't get bent like it would if you use a key or can opener.
I'm sure your canning abilities are fine!!!!
I know the canning police don't recommend reusing lids, but I saw one of my favorite off grid gals, who has been canning forever does it and decided to give it a try. I just don't see how a used lid that looks exactly the same as a new one can be bad.
I'm not with the FDA, nor do I claim to be a spokesperson. LOL!!!
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2018 :  08:14:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa my lids when they do seal are too tight for me to just use my nails/fingers.

I figure when I am 102 I will still be learning something new about canning.

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

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 13 2018 :  10:53:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today: Chicken broth - 2 28oz jars & 2 pints
One quart to sister for chicken noodle soup before canning.

I have the fixings for chow-chow so will work on it in the coming days.

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

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Apr 13 2018 :  2:10:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara that's awesome

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Tumbleweed
True Blue Farmgirl

637 Posts

Nancy
Riverside County CA
USA
637 Posts

Posted - Apr 13 2018 :  6:32:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone
Even though I have done canning I took a canning class at the local kitchen gadget store. It was hands on so we (4) were split into groups of two. We made strawberry vanilla jam and strawberry pepper jam. Chef Dave also gave other variations. One I want to try is strawberry balsamic.

Has anyone tried unusual combinations and liked them?

TW

The fun begins where the sidewalk ends. Shel Silverstein

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 14 2018 :  09:05:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nancy how fun to take a canning class. I would love to be able to. The strawberry balsamic sounds interesting.

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

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 16 2018 :  05:50:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chow-chow today and tomorrow. Prepped it yesterday.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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