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naturemaiden Posted - Jul 18 2015 : 1:24:20 PM
So far I've put up dilly beans, kidney beans and today is turkey stock. When I'm done today I will have canned 24 quarts. I still have 3 turkey carcasses to make more stock from.







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saram Posted - Dec 12 2019 : 6:17:36 PM
Thanks for the many inputs! I agree about using the chicken fat in savory things only, due to seasonings, and that bacon fat rules for potatoes! But I will use this fat next time I do potatoes to see how it compares.

Glad to hear we donít have to eat all of the retired hen meat! I do hope I get up the nerve to make stock of them when they reach that age. Right now I have ducks I meant to kill for dinners, and Iíve learned I should have done that when they were 8-10 weeks old! I do still want to try them, but itíll definitely be after the holidays!

Iíve decided that if one is blessed with fairly good health, all things in moderation wonít hurt. Thus, lard now and then should be ok. However, the past generations definitely ate more fresh vegetables and much less processed food than we do.

How does one store the fats, and how long will they keep?
StitchinWitch Posted - Dec 12 2019 : 11:25:00 AM
When we had hogs I rendered down the lard for pie crust, cookies, tamales, etc. Now the doctor says that is bad for my heart. I want to know why my grandmother and her sisters all lived well into their 90s eating all the lard they used in cooking.

Judith

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windypines Posted - Dec 12 2019 : 02:24:30 AM
I render both lard and tallow. Mostly I use them for soap making. I love using bacon grease when frying potatoes, yum. I used to use lard for pie crusts, but have not done that for a long time. That is about it. SaraM I love having both chicken and beef stock canned up. Great to just grab a jar when you need it. And makes a quick easy soup. When cooking down old hens, I just save the breast meat and chunk it up into small freezer bags. Then they are easy to grab for a quick supper. I think the dark meat never does get tender on the old hens. So that is for my dog.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Dec 12 2019 : 01:21:10 AM
Sara, my great niece and her husband raises heirloom hogs. Last year she gave me a qt of lard she had rendered. Sometimes I save the fat from chicken broth. My favorite way to use either lard or chicken fat is fried potatoes. With all the herbs and lemon I use in making chicken broth I can't use it in baking. The few times I have made plain chicken broth I use the fat in biscuits. I hear chicken fat makes really good cookies and pie crusts but I haven't done either.

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saram Posted - Dec 11 2019 : 11:23:39 PM
Six quarts of golden chicken broth!

I recently read an article about rendering and cooking with animal fats, so Iíve been collecting the gorgeously yellow fat from the top of the broth before processing. Iím planning to have the butcher save all the pork fat from our hog for rendering also. Who cooks with lard, tallow or poultry fat, and what are your favorite uses?
YellowRose Posted - Dec 11 2019 : 05:47:38 AM
Sara your stock with fat chicken sounds so good. Can't have too much stock sitting on the shelve.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

saram Posted - Dec 10 2019 : 5:30:38 PM
Tonight I have a fat chicken from Costco in the stockpot with vegetables to make stock. I will refrigerate it tonight and process tomorrow.
YellowRose Posted - Dec 10 2019 : 08:43:45 AM
Sara way to go! I see oodles of tasty suppers in your future.




Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

saram Posted - Dec 10 2019 : 08:37:32 AM
7 pints of plain tomato sauce. The last box from the garage. My summersí harvest yielded me more than 25 quarts and 50 pints of tomato products!
saram Posted - Nov 23 2019 : 12:51:10 AM
Yes!! It gives me great pleasure to can garden-in-a-jar for my grandchildren. When I was raising my own, I had reason to can but so little time. I still did it. Now, I have the time and the grandkids give me the reason. Itís so much more fun!
YellowRose Posted - Nov 22 2019 : 9:31:56 PM
Sara, how fun to can for grandbabies.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

saram Posted - Nov 22 2019 : 5:43:52 PM
Seven pints pear slices for my newest grand babies who will start eating solid foods next spring/summer.

Plus two pear breads (for the freezer) and a pear/apple crumble using Kristaís recipe on the ďpear crumbleĒ thread.
saram Posted - Nov 21 2019 : 07:36:38 AM
I agree! My full pantry is my happy place!

Last night I finished 5 quarts seasoned tomato sauce. Almost done with the tomatoes, just one 5 gallon bucket of greens that are still ripening, so I get a slight reprieve.

YellowRose Posted - Nov 20 2019 : 02:36:35 AM
Thanks Michelle.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

windypines Posted - Nov 20 2019 : 01:09:18 AM
pop goes the jar lid. Great job Sara, on all the canning your doing. Your canning shelves must be full to the brim. Nice to go there and pick out what you want to make for meals. Enjoy

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Nov 19 2019 : 3:11:29 PM
This morning I canned 4 pints red kidney beans with Tex-Mex seasoning. All sealed so I am a happy canner.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

YellowRose Posted - Nov 19 2019 : 06:36:38 AM
Sara, well done!!!

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

saram Posted - Nov 18 2019 : 7:47:48 PM
I came up with six quarts and seven pints diced tomatoes by the end of a long canning day.
saram Posted - Nov 18 2019 : 7:44:26 PM
Oh! Judith! You made me laugh out loud! Donít tell the hubby, itíll give him too much ammunition!!

I once set the water running in the laundry room deep sink; something needed to be soaked I think. Came back 15 minutes later to find two inches of water across the room! I was headed out the dooró-good thing I saw it before I left!,

Judith, I'm also pondering the concept of a yearly hiatus from the hubby. I wonder how I could convince him to take up a six-week long hobby like hunting? #128521;
YellowRose Posted - Nov 18 2019 : 12:13:14 PM
Judith, thanks for the recipe.

This morning I pressured canned 4 pints red kidney beans with ham.

In the morning I hope to can red kidney beans with Tex-Mex spices/herbs to be used in chili.

After canning tomorrow I'll still have two more lbs of red kidney beans. May let them sit on the shelve a little longer so I can do split pea soup and more broths.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

StitchinWitch Posted - Nov 13 2019 : 2:22:29 PM
Sara -- I think I do it different every time. This time 3 cups vinegar 1 cup water #8531; cup sugar 2 tablespoons pickling spice, 1 tsp salt. If I put beets in then I use the juice from the can too.
The problem with the flooded kitchen is that my plumber will be gone for 6 weeks. From what I can tell looking under the sink is two of the drain assemblies are cracked and corroded and the whole thing needs to be replaced. Fortunately I have a washtub in the laundry room that will work just fine for now. 20 years ago I would have attempted fixing it myself but now I have no idea where the pipe wrenches are and my arthritic hands don't feel like doing it.

Judith

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YellowRose Posted - Nov 13 2019 : 03:20:37 AM
Barbara I'm so sorry for your flooded kitchen. I know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see water gushing out of a pipe. On a lighter side good job on pickling eggs. What brine recipe did you use? I've pickled eggs using left over pickled beets juice.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

YellowRose Posted - Nov 13 2019 : 03:17:22 AM
Sara, I checked my canning books and all only give directions for water bath canning tomato sauce. Sorry I couldn't help you with pressure canning.

Takes water longer to boil over 1000 ft. that's why time is adjusted for high altitudes.



Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

StitchinWitch Posted - Nov 13 2019 : 12:29:41 AM
2 dozen pickled eggs. Finally! I shelled them under running water, then went to the pantry to get my step stool so I could get a 2 quart jar on the top shelf. Coming back from the pantry I saw the kitchen floor flooded. Grabbed towels and started pulling everything out from under the sink. Letting it dry out now. DH left for hunting this morning. He wasn't even gone 6 hours before I flooded the kitchen. I wonder what I'll break next. At least I got my eggs pickled; now I have to have patience and wait til they are ready to eat.

Judith

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Happiness is Homemade
saram Posted - Nov 12 2019 : 10:54:14 PM
7 quarts tomato juice.

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