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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 28 2021 :  06:10:39 AM  Show Profile
Winnie your marmalade sounds delish.

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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

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Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
370 Posts

Posted - Jan 28 2021 :  08:09:04 AM  Show Profile
Winnie that sound so good! I have tried making marmalade twice and it didn't set either time. Great idea to use ChillOver powder. The price of oranges is so bad right now, you are lucky to have a tree.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3426 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Jan 28 2021 :  3:49:24 PM  Show Profile
oh my mouth is watering Winnie. I was given kumquats once, not even knowing what they were. I made marmalade and it was so good.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2021 :  06:52:32 AM  Show Profile
Drying a few sprigs of rosemary and sage this morning for two of the mixes I'm working on for the Kitchen Renegade badge. I just love the title of this badge - imagine a renegade loose in the kitchen - how fun.

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
KY
USA
3043 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2021 :  07:30:48 AM  Show Profile

Sara you always are working away like a busy bee making such useful things in the kitchen. We have snow today and it is so cold. Could use some chili powder for a big pot of chili!!!

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Judy

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2021 :  07:39:47 AM  Show Profile
Judy, good to see you again. You have been missed.

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
KY
USA
3043 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2021 :  07:57:42 AM  Show Profile
Awwww thank you Sara!!! I have missed everyone and think about you often!!!

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Judy

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3426 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Feb 06 2021 :  04:39:00 AM  Show Profile
I think it might be time........time to can some french fries. It is cold out this weekend, and I think a good time to give it a try. Got jars empty again too. I looked up on the canning topic and found the recipe Nini wrote out. Sorry I think it was you. lol Happy canning!


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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2021 :  05:25:54 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, I had canning French fries on my list to-do too, but have not gotten around to it. Let us know how it turns out.

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
KY
USA
3043 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2021 :  08:55:10 AM  Show Profile

Sara and Michele I have never heard of canning French fries!!! What fabulous ideas our farm sisters come up with!!!

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Judy

God Has Been So Good To Me!!!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2021 :  11:11:16 AM  Show Profile
Cold and rainy here so perfect day to play in my kitchen. I ordered six 8oz baby portabella mushrooms this week. They were on sale for 99 cents delivered (79 cents in the store). Bargain either way.

Two pkgs of the mushrooms are in the dehydrator.

Four pkgs I cooked with one cup of beef broth. Made three containers for the freezer. Will be handy for sauces, soups, or casseroles.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2021 :  06:53:14 AM  Show Profile
Still playing in my kitchen. My sister gave me the jar that fancy olives came in so I made black olives in EVOO with herbs. The olives will be tasty and the oil will be used in all kinds of recipes.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  03:19:55 AM  Show Profile
I canned up 7 pints of frenchfries. I used my potatoes that I grew, peeled, and cut. Though I broke my old french fry cutter on the last potato. dang it. So processed them for the time indicated, and they look good sitting on the counter. Next up will be frying them in oil. I will also take a jar up to my ma and dad and try cooking them in their air fryer. see how they turn out either way. I can always go back to freezing them, that method works great. My spuds are starting to sprout, so will do more, of which ever method I prefer. Sara your rainy day is perfect for kitchen creations.lol I made hamburger gravy with peas over mashed potatoes for supper yesterday. It never got above zero here in WI, so a good day for warm comfort food.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3426 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  03:22:16 AM  Show Profile
Judy it is amazing what people can. So I had lots of potatoes and wanted to try this method to preserve before they go soft. To freeze french fries you cut, then blanch for 5 minutes, towel dry and then freeze on a tray. Then once froze put them in a bag or container. To cook do not thaw, I fry in oil.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  05:27:26 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, you are testing just like American Test Kitchen on PBS. lol
Tell us which you like best - oil frying or air frying.

How do you make hamburger gravy? I want to try it.

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8339 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8339 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  08:46:06 AM  Show Profile
Michele, can you cook the frozen fries in the oven? You gals are so creative in the things you come up with.
Had homemade chicken noodle soup yesterday for "soup"-er bowl Sunday. Was so good on a cold, snowy day here.

~Denise
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Edited by - levisgrammy on Feb 08 2021 08:47:02 AM
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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

3043 Posts

Judy
KY
USA
3043 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  08:59:40 AM  Show Profile

Michele this sounds so interesting!!! Will have to try this sometime!!!

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Judy

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  09:58:00 AM  Show Profile
Denise your homemade chicken soup sounds so good and comforting.

Filled another olive jar this morning with sliced mild peppers, onion, and white vinegar with a little salt, black peppercorns, and raw sugar. Heat the vinegar to boiling point but do not boil.

Boiling vinegar diminishes the % of acidity so it's recommended not to boil over five minutes. Vinegar must be 5% acidity to be a preservative. Always check vinegar for 5% acidity. Not all vinegars are 5%.

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

3043 Posts

Judy
KY
USA
3043 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2021 :  7:52:12 PM  Show Profile

Sara the peppers and onions sounds so good!!! I think would be delicious with pinto beans!!! Yummy!!!

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Judy

God Has Been So Good To Me!!!

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Feb 09 2021 :  03:18:54 AM  Show Profile
We tried the french fries last night. My husband put them in the toaster oven with a little oil. Was not impressed. They needed more time to crisp up or something. Could of been the timing, more then likely. Will keep you updated on other methods. Hamburger gravy with peas; 1 lb hamburger, 1/4 cup onion, 1tsp salt,1/4 tsp pepper, 1 beef bouillon cube, 1 cup water, 2 cup peas, 1/4 cup cooked carrots, 2 T cornstarch, 1/4 cup water.
brown beef, onion, salt and pepper. drain. dissolve bouillon cube in 1 cup water. add to meat along with peas and carrots. simmer until peas are tender. make a past of cornstarch and water. Gradually add to meat mixture. Serve on mashed potatoes. You might need to add more water if it gets dry.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

3043 Posts

Judy
KY
USA
3043 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2021 :  04:58:39 AM  Show Profile

That sounds so good Michele!!!

Hugs!

Judy

God Has Been So Good To Me!!!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2021 :  06:08:23 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Michelle, I'll put a lb of ground beef on my next shopping list. I have everything else in my pantry or fridge.

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8339 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8339 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2021 :  06:34:49 AM  Show Profile
That sounds delicious Michelle! I'd love it over rice but JT has to have his potatoes.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7577 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7577 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2021 :  11:02:04 AM  Show Profile
Hi Girls! Awesome topic!

Lisa told me to get on today because you were talking about canning french fries... Michele! I am so, so sorry you didn't have the same experience we did! They are my go-to french fries! I don't have an air-fryer, though. Maybe that was the difference???

Just a couple of things:

- Restaurant fries are usually parboiled first, that's what makes them so good. So canning them does that work for you. They are cooked but still firm when removed from the jar, and ready to fry or "fry."

- When you drain the water, save it and use it to make bread, substituting as much as you have for the liquid. Makes bread AWESOME!

- Pat those fries dry before you cook them!

- To fry them in oil.. You can use a deep fryer OR just do like I do - fry them in about an inch of oil in the cast iron skillet. YUM.

- YES! You CAN fry them in the oven! That's what I do most of the time. After patting them dry, I put them in a big bowl, sprinkle with a little oil, swirl the potatoes around in them to coat and then place on a single layer on a lined cookie sheet (I use parchment or foil). When they're golden brown, I just take them out and sprinkle with salt... and sometimes with a mix of salt, pepper and garlic and onion powders!

Honest to Pete, I feel so bad that they didn't work for you, Michele! They have transformed my french fry cooking! We love them!!! Maybe you're right: letting them crisp up a little more will work! Anyone who has tried my canned ones actually prefers them - and asks for them! Lol! Or maybe I forgot to share about patting them dry first... I can't remember... I'm sorry!!!

Best of luck and hugs to all!

Nini



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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7577 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7577 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2021 :  11:11:52 AM  Show Profile
Krista - my girlfriend and I did the cookie marathon the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas, too! We had a blast. Here are some pics of what we delivered to our friends Christmas Eve!




I vowed no more cookies til next Christmas! LOL! And I'm STICKING TO IT!!! LOL! People said we should sell them, but we decided it's much more fun giving them away. I had purchased the trays at a local GFS store relatively inexpensively (Sam's Club usually has them even cheaper, but they were sold out.). While there another lady was buying trays, too, and we struck up a conversation about selling them. She sells so many at Christmas my eyes were spinning backward just thinking about it. She makes a nice little sum of money, as her daughter advertises and sells them for her on Facebook. She starts in the summer and freezes a lot, then "finishes" them just before assembling her trays. I just don't have time or energy for that. To me, it's just fun making our family and friends smile. I don't want any leftovers - I keep a few for us, but otherwise, oh my are my hips in trouble!!! LOL!

I wish we lived closer! Next year we could do it together!!! We should do a Christmas cookie recipe exchange on the boards here next Christmas - whaddya think?

Hugs and love -

Nini

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