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lovinRchickens
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Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
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Posted - Aug 11 2018 :  10:11:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara
Yes I have found peace in it also. Looks pretty and makes us feel good to have some stored up.



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lovinRchickens
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
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Posted - Aug 11 2018 :  10:17:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara
My tomatoes did awful this summer. But last year I had bumper crops and froze them. So I have been using those and they are easy to peal so that makes it nice. So sorry about your garden. I am getting ready to set out a fall garden but have had an armadillo getting in my garden every night for a week now. So can't put my seedling out until I catch it. Today I am putting down beneficial nematodes, in hopes they will kill all the bugs and grubs he is after. So hard living with wildlife.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jana
Southern California
USA
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Posted - Aug 11 2018 :  1:55:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My tomatoes did great this year and are at the end of their cycle. I have spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove getting ready to can tonight. My cucumbers and zucchini did terrible here in Southern California. Funny how that changes from year to year.

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 11 2018 :  6:39:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kelly...Did you freeze your tomatoes before peeling them...If so I have never done that...I do freeze my tomatoes but I use the scalding method...Pour boiling hot water over clean tomatoes and the peelings come right off them...I take out the core and quarter them for cooking...After they cook a bit I put them in the fridge to let them get cold and then put them in quart freezer bags...I put 1 pint per bag...They lay flat and freeze...Gives a lot of extra room in my freezer...

Jana...Homemade spaghetti sauce sounds wonderful!!!That is something I have never tried to make...

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lovinRchickens
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Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
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Posted - Aug 12 2018 :  03:52:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judy
No, I just bring them in and if no immediate use, I put straight into the freezer. So when canning them this season, I just placed them in some water and started peeling. It is easy and peel just comes off. I know I should parboil first but I use a lot of tomato so I only freeze a couple at a time every few days. Just easier on me and we have never had any issues with it.

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lovinRchickens
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Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
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Posted - Aug 12 2018 :  03:54:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never canned pasta sauce. Hmmm maybe I should try that next.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

532 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  7:00:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I made pickles and froze two kinds of mushrooms---then my husband and I went mushrooming again and found more. So more mushroom freezing tomorrow. Also froze some green beans.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  04:36:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara you have been busy in the kitchen.

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  12:57:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Barbara you sure have been busy...I thought I would be canning White Half Runner beans this week but the Amish produce place where I get my vegetables has not called with my order yet...Hopefully at least within the next day or so...

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Aug 17 2018 :  04:25:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hi everyone, getting ready to can up tomato juice, this weekend. I use a squeezo. Love it and a real time saver. You cut up fresh tomatoes, the juice and pulp come out one end and the seeds and skin another. My garden has huge plants, but little produce. You would think i put too much nitrogen on it or something. My mom has the same problem, just the year. My tomatoes are just starting to ripen. I picked corn last night and that is done. will cut it down and feed to the cows. been freezing beans, and broccoli. Don't get enough beans to can a batch at a time. Next the elderberries should be ripening.

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edlund33
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marilyn
Renton WA
USA
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Posted - Aug 19 2018 :  09:42:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been canning mostly fruit this year - cherries, apricots and peaches. Made one batch of apricot jam and some syrup too. I also made bread and butter pickles for the first time. I have been helping my Grandma and my Mom can for years. They are both gone now so this was my first year doing it all by myself. My Dad was worried about not having his fruit for breakfast this winter and really enjoyed going to the fruit stand to help pick out the produce. We are hoping for enough berries from the garden soon to make one more batch of jam.



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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 19 2018 :  10:57:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, location of wild elderberry bushes is a guarded secret around here. One of the elderly women I knew who made elderberry jelly for the church bazaar every year took the location of "her" bushes to her grave. Wouldn't tell a soul.

Are your bushes wild or do you grow them?

Marilyn I know you must miss your mother and grandmother at canning time so good to have your dad to help out. All your canning sounds yummy and I know they all look beautiful on a shelve.

Getting antsy to can but I won't be until cooler weather.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Aug 19 2018 :  3:54:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So funny to covet elderberry bushes. They are all up and down the holler here and no one wants them. I have never made elderberry jelly but ate it as a child at my friend's house. Yous guys may have inspired me to pick them and try them.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jana
Southern California
USA
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Posted - Aug 19 2018 :  6:09:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I pulled out all my tomato plants, picked some jalapeno peppers and cilantro and made 14 pints of salsa. Today I amended the ground where the tomatoes where and planted some fall things like turnips, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, and spinach. I am hoping to get another round of veggies before winter sets in.

Jana

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  03:28:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My ma and dad have a bunch of elderberry around a rock pile. I pick on them a few times. Then we start driving around and picking. We know different areas that they grow. No one picks them around here.
Barbara, the juice is very good to help prevent/treat colds. During the winter we mix the juice with other juices when colds and flu are going around. we use a steam juicer to process. I canned tomato juice yesterday morning. Got the last of the grapes picked to make into jam tonight. I need to get out and get the garden cleaned up again. Not enough hours in the day anymore.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 20 2018 :  05:24:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana 14 pints of salsa will be good come sinter. You grow quite a few things in your fall garden. Keep us posted on how they do.

Michele I didn't know about the health benefits of elderberries - I just know I like the jelly. It's funny what is eaten in one part of the country and not so much in others.

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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Aug 24 2018 :  11:50:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Canned applesauce from windfall apples with my daughter. Tedious. But, sure had fun with her.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 24 2018 :  12:07:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Applesauce sounds yummy and canning with your daughter had to be the best.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2018 :  12:14:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At an estate sale I found a 1944 cookbook. Looking through it I came across a test for pectin.

Test for Pectin
To determine the proportion of pectin present in a fruit juice, combine 1 Tbsp juice, 1 tsp sugar and 1 1/2 tsp Epsom salts. Stir until salts are dissolved; let stand 20 minutes. If a solid mass or large flocculent particles are formed, the juice contains enough pectin to make a satisfactory jelly.

Fruits Suitable for Jelly
To make a good jelly, fruit must be rich in both pectin and acid or it must be combined with another fruit which will supply whichever substance is lacking. Fruits which contain both acid and pectin in sufficient amounts are:

apples - tart
blackberries
crab apples
currants
gooseberries
grapes
loganberries
plums
quinces
raspberries

The book went on to say commercial pectin was a good choice for the inexperienced jelly maker.

Does anyone know when commercial pectin first came on the market? I never thought about what canners did before commercial pectin.

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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2018 :  12:45:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm so jealous, I've decided to not do anymore canning until after we move.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2018 :  1:03:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I know how you feel. Since I can in my Yellow Rose Cottage canning is on hold until cooler weather which may not be here until late Oct. I scratch my canning itch by reading about what others are doing; collecting recipes I want to try and gathering supplies; learning what I can to help make me a better canner.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Sep 04 2018 :  06:33:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have canned 14 pints and 7 quarts of dill pickles. Today and for the next few days I will be canning salsa. Got to get movin right now. How I do hate to chop onions and cut up hot peppers! But the salsa is worth it. Also have canned 32 pints of curry pickles. Will start kraut soon.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 04 2018 :  07:02:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Way to go Barbara. Happy canning.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Sep 05 2018 :  02:39:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made 12 pints of salsa yesterday. Lots of chopping---but kinda fun. Will make more today.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 05 2018 :  05:36:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara come winter you will enjoy your salsa and it looks so pretty in mason jars.

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