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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 26 2018 :  03:40:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele I found my electric water bath canner on the Ball mason jar site https://www.freshpreserving.com/

Linda 'Quiltee' found hers at a thrift store.

I use my every time I can. When using pressure canner I use the electric water bath canner to keep jars warm and hot water for pressure canner. Since there is no water in Yellow Rose Cottage I have to be creative in how I do things. My electric tea pot does double duty for morning tea and boiling water for lids.

Once I fill the water bath canner up I try to do as much canning as possible. Just have to keep it filled. I drain it after days of canning and use the water to water plants or some other outside chore. I fill & drain the canner with lg vinegar jugs.

Canning outside my kitchen takes planning and prepping but having every thing set up and ready to go makes up for it.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Oct 27 2018 :  02:41:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sara, i just looked at the electric canners. Neat idea but they have mixed reviews. I know yours works great. I would love to find one at a thrift store.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 27 2018 :  03:02:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, the only problem I have had with mine is the plug. Have to make sure it is well in or it won't heat. Hope you can find one at a thrift store.

I'm taking a break from canning for a couple of days to get yard work done. My big oak tree is always dropping limbs/branches and now acorns.

I have five more kinds of dried beans to can and several more I want to order.

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

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  04:03:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
sara, i think your cottage sounds great. enjoy. Having things set up and ready to go makes it much easier to use and makes you use it more. You are inspiring!

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  05:30:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Michele for your sweet words.

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 - Nov 05 2018 :  05:49:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I canned 4 pints Mayocoba dried yellow bean from Mexico. Today it's cannellini dried beans which are a white kidney bean.

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 - Nov 06 2018 :  07:07:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Four pints Rio Zape dried beans in pressure canner. It's a pinto-like bean good in Tex-Mex dishes. First time to can them so looking forward to that first bowl.

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 - Nov 08 2018 :  10:15:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have second batch of chicken broth in slowcooker to can in the coming days. I use skin on chicken thighs so I will de-fat before I can. As long as the fat is left on top of broth the broth is sealed so it can be kept in the fridge up to a week before canning. Happy Canning!

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 - Nov 09 2018 :  09:47:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pressured canned 8 pints of chicken broth this morning. High 20's in the morning and freezing weather through next week so until it's up to at least 40 degrees canning is on hold in my Yellow Rose Cottage.

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

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2018 :  02:36:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Will you be winding down for the season, or do you keep canning all year long? I bet it depends on what you find at the store on sale and the temps outside of course. I do have chicken to make stock out of too, but that won't happen till after Christmas i am thinking.

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Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2018 :  06:17:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Michele, I still have 3 more heirloom dried beans on hand to can plus 2 pkg of dried split peas to make soup and can. There's more kinds of heirloom beans I want to order. You're right I'll can through out the year when I have something to put up and the weather cooperates.



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

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 11 2018 :  03:08:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
it sure is nice to have all the canned food, ready to heat and eat! enjoy

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Michele
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Nov 11 2018 :  05:47:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Keep on canning Yellow Rose and whoever else cans all year. I am done and glad of it. Now to get to eating it so that I can put up more next year. Now I will start freezing pumpkin. I have cinderellas sitting all over the house begging to be eaten. They were displayed on the porch, but freezing weather has chased them indoors and into the cooking pot. Sara---do you know the best and easiest way to cook pumpkin? I peel and boil, but that is kinda hard.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 11 2018 :  06:17:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara I roast pumpkin at 425 in the oven. Cut open - remove seeds - slice into wedges or large chunks. Sometimes I peel it but it is so easy to leave peel on and scrape out pumpkin when it's done.

For savory dishes I use EVO, and herbs of choice. For pies butter and pumpkin pie spices. If I'm not sure what I am going to do with it I roast it plain. Label freezer bags with whatever fat and seasoning used. Ball Blue Canning Books does not recommend canning - only freezing or drying.

My sister cuts the top off a pie pumpkin - scoops out seeds - fills with beef stew and cooks in the oven at 350. I haven't tried it yet.

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 - Nov 11 2018 :  07:07:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara---I will try the baking and let you know how it works for me. It does sound easy. I have always wanted to try the whole pumpkin stew thing---have seen it in magazines. Maybe I'll get brave and do it. We are whipped out with them and winter squash---I have given several away and need ways to use the rest.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lisa
Georgetown OH
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Posted - Nov 11 2018 :  08:19:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara,
I have even cut mine up and covered with damp paper towels and microwaved.
I love to cook, puree and put in quart freezer bags, freeze and put in my chilis. Makes it thick with a slight sweetness.
Also, if you have a dehydrator, you can cut into small pieces raw and dehydrate. Great to use all winter in soups and stocks. Just toss in a handful. Plus it dehydrates down to almost nothing, so very easy to store.
I had great success this year with kikuza squash. It has a sweet spicy flavor. I might experiment with a pie and if it is good may use in place of sweet potato this Thanksgiving.
Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the canning thread. LOL
Sara, I know whose house to come to if I need any quick canned beans.

Edited by - nubidane on Nov 11 2018 08:20:10 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Nov 11 2018 :  08:28:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa come on down - door is always open - and love to share my canned beans.

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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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Nov 14 2018 :  4:10:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well Rose and Lisa===I tried both your methods and they are both better than mine. I like the baking for large amounts and the microwave for just enough for pie or cake. Thanks, I am doing one big pumpkin a day and actually enjoying it. I am going to dehydrate some too as I love it whole in soups and chilis.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Nov 28 2018 :  06:27:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's warming up to the mid-sixties so I am resuming canning in my Yellow Rose Cottage. Today it's Santa Maria Pinquitos dried beans - it's a small pink bean.

Tomorrow I should receive a new order of beans and lentils. Some are old favorites and a few are new ones. Looking forward to canning the new beans & lentils.

Here's a list of what I ordered.

Mogette de Vendée Bean
French-style Green Lentils
Black Caviar Lentils
Pinto Bean
Christmas Lima Bean
Lila Bean
Eye of the Goat (Ojo de Cabra) Bean
Cranberry Bean
Azufrado Bean
Ayocote Negro
Yellow Indian Woman Bean

And you thought dried beans were boring.


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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