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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 13 2022 :  04:21:59 AM  Show Profile
Sara, having everything in the kitchen will make things easier for you. I know how much you love doing it. You inspired us all to keep on canning.

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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 13 2022 :  05:44:11 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Michelle, for the sweet words. It's Farmgirls like you who help to keep me canning. So good to have like-minded women to share ideas with and talk about what we enjoy doing.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 13 2022 :  11:48:58 AM  Show Profile
I canned 7 pints of dried beans today. Five pints of Whipple heirloom beans and 2 pints of baby lima beans. The Whipple bean is a red bean from Mexico with a thin skin and when cooked is similar to pintos. This bean is now one of my favorite beans.

As far as I know beans fall into these 3 families of beans: pinto; black; lima. Lentils are in a separate group.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Nov 14 2022 :  02:56:59 AM  Show Profile
Great job on getting the canner going Sara. 3 families of beans, who knew! I organized my canning shelf a bit more yesterday. Got everything on it now. Took my cow stuff off, to make more room. Last night we had t bones on the grill, canned potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, homemade butter, and a pie made from a MJF recipe of canned pie filling. Enjoying all our hard canning work. And a pretty easy meal to boot.

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Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Nov 14 2022 :  07:26:39 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, it seems like I am always tiding up my panty. To put something new up I have to move three other things. Your supper sounds tasty, and you got to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2022 :  08:23:39 AM  Show Profile
Oh, Sara! My heart is so sad for you! I am at a place where I am wishing for a Yellow Rose Cottage to escape to. Having already enjoyed one for ten years, it must truly break your heart to concede defeat. My sincere condolences for your adjustment.
But at the same time, a cheer of “Strength, dear sister!” I’m proud of your acceptance and determination to carry on in a different manner. We shall all continue to enjoy your occasional adventures into canning!
Good health to you, and a happy heart!

Sara
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2022 :  08:53:20 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Sara, for your sweet words and understanding. Canning in my kitchen does have its upside. It's cold and damp today and I am canning King City Pinks beans and black-eyed peas. Hope you get your cottage. They are special places to hangout.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Nov 28 2022 :  06:29:43 AM  Show Profile
Last week Aldi had 10lb bag of rustic potatoes on sale, so I put up 7 pints of potatoes. My favorite way to use can potatoes is home fries.

My sister gave me a hambone, so I made hambone stock and will pressure can it after I finish my morning tea. Hambone stock is good in bean soup, dried beans, and veggies like cabbage.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 29 2022 :  03:06:27 AM  Show Profile
Can on girl, can on. lol I like the idea of hambone stock. I never did that. I did cook down my turkey carcass. I made 5 quarts of soup and 4 quarts of stock. I had been reading that some herbs turn bitter when canned. I am not sure on that one, but I did leave out herbs and spices. They will be added in along with rice, or dumplings, or noodles when we go to eat the soup.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Nov 29 2022 :  06:15:02 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, you did a good job with that turkey carcass. When I first started canning, I used to put herbs in my stocks/broths but then I realized I may not want that particular herb in a dish. For my hambone stock I used two stalks of celery, one yellow onion, and 3 small garlic cloves. No salt because the ham on the bone was salty enough.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3712 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Nov 30 2022 :  03:38:35 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Sara for the stock recipe. I think I threw out a few ham bones, that I had in the freezer. I never got around to using them and needed the room. Of course now I want them. lol that is the way it always goes.

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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

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April
Central Oregon
USA
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Posted - Nov 30 2022 :  3:02:11 PM  Show Profile
I've been wanting to learn to can. I actually bought myself a pressure canner and jars last year, but haven't tried yet. My mother intimidated me, well, actually scared the daylights out of me when I was little. She used to can all the time, still does, but she told me to stay out of the kitchen when she was canning, she didn't want it to blow up. WHAT!!?? Scared the you know what out of me so I've not yet tried. Had a brand new canner for years, never opened it, sold it at one of my garage sales about 10 years ago for $20. LOL! What a deal someone got. Crazy how a child hood scare and stick with someone one all these years later. I intend to crack out my canning cookbook and read up on it to try and get comforable with it this winter. We have a costco and winco nearby, so I'm sure I can find someTHING in bulk and give it shot. Love the potatoe idea, Sara.

Dreamer42
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3712 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Dec 01 2022 :  03:07:26 AM  Show Profile
April start with something easy. Waterbath is usually the first thing people do. Pressure canning, read your canner book. Learn the steps. Once you got it going, do not leave the kitchen, or be distracted by anything else. You will want to check your canner pressure, if it has a dial, every few min. Adjust if needed. Use the tool correctly and there is nothing to be scared of. Good luck.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

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April
Central Oregon
USA
2456 Posts

Posted - Dec 01 2022 :  11:35:17 AM  Show Profile
Thank you, Michele, I appreciate you sharing information. My mother gave me her waterbath canner a couple years ago, I have it stored in our garage on one of our shelves, I can always dig that out to start as well. I will definately read up on both methods before I make any attempts. Time to put those big girl panties on and venture into something new!

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3712 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Dec 02 2022 :  03:30:17 AM  Show Profile
April, you know where to turn with questions. Happy Canning

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Dec 04 2022 :  10:13:09 AM  Show Profile
I'm prepping today to pressure can ground beef tomorrow. I'm using the seasoned ground beef recipe in my Ball Blue Book. It calls for 2 cups tomato juice which I don't keep in my pantry, so I mixed bottled water with a 6oz can of tomato paste. The tomato juice may be a little too thick to drink but it should be perfect for canning.

Aldi had 4 lbs of 85-15 grass-fed ground beef on sale. I have canned it before when on sale, so I know it won't be too fatty. The recipe will make 5 pints so I will fill my electric pressure canner with 2 pints of red beans. The canning time works for the beans and ground beef.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.

Edited by - YellowRose on Dec 04 2022 10:38:18 AM
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3712 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Dec 05 2022 :  03:10:46 AM  Show Profile
It is nice to have the canned hamburger, for a quick meal. And filling the canner with beans is a good idea. lol Hope everything sealed.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Dec 07 2022 :  4:52:10 PM  Show Profile
Would one of you girls please send me instructions for canning pumpkin/winter squash? I doubt it has to be cooked until soft before pressure canning for 65 minutes!?
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2022 :  5:42:43 PM  Show Profile
Sara, I successfully pressured canned pumpkin last year. It can be done if the pumpkin or winter squash is cut into chunks and not pureed. Pureeing is no longer considered a safe way to can them.

This is the recipe I used. Got it on the Ball on-ling site.
https://www.ballmasonjars.com/blog?cid=pressure-canned-pumpkin-or-winter-squash




Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Dec 11 2022 :  5:46:59 PM  Show Profile
tonight we cracked the lids on two pint jars of round steak, potatoes and carrots. Added some herbs and seasonings along with some corn starch to thicken up the liquid. Oh my that was good. So tender too. A perfect quick meal to have on the canning shelves.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Dec 12 2022 :  05:02:59 AM  Show Profile
Michelle so glad to hear you liked the round steak and veggies because I have been wanting to try it. Thanks for the hint to add cornstarch to make gravy.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Dec 12 2022 :  10:56:18 AM  Show Profile
I have 7 pints of beans in my electric pressure canner - 3 red and 4 great northern. Tomorrow, I hope to put up bison chili with pinto beans.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3712 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Dec 13 2022 :  03:14:16 AM  Show Profile
You can use any cuts of meat when canning the meals in a jar. Roasts would work too. I wanted to try round steak because they are a tougher cut. I liked this method: https://pin.it/7ExfemP off of pinterest. Not sure that link will work but Homesteading Family. She has alot of you tube videos. H0pe all your jars seal.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6262 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6262 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2023 :  03:51:21 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, Dec was not a good month for me. Sorry I am just now getting back to you to thank you for the beef stew recipe. I printed it out for my sister too.

Today I am prepping to put up 4 lbs of organic grass-fed ground beef tomorrow. I buy it when Aldi has it on sale. Prep one day - can the next day - that's how I get it done.

Yesterday I had black-eyed peas that I put up last fall. It needed more liquid, so I added a pint of the ham-bone broth I put up last month. Made for an easy traditional southern & Texas New Year's meal. Gotta have my black-eyed peas on New Year's Day to ensure I have a lucky and prosperous year.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3712 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3712 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2023 :  03:03:32 AM  Show Profile
((HUGS)) Glad your back Sara. Good luck to you in 2023 and hope you have a very prosperous year!!

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Michele
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