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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lisa
Georgetown OH
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Posted - Apr 14 2020 :  12:13:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Or with a census takers liver and a nice chianti. LOL
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 14 2020 :  12:29:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Think I'll skip the liver & have 2 glasses of the wine.

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 - Apr 26 2020 :  03:48:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hows the wine drinking going girls? hahaha I am going to get out my canning book so I will hopefully inspire myself to get going. My husband picked up some dry beans, so I am going to give them a try. Got blackberries in the freezer, to make into jelly. Maybe some strawberry jam as well. Replenish 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
5540 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2020 :  05:56:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle let us know how the canning of dried beans turns out. You know that beans and broths are my two favorite things to can. Blackberry and strawberry jams sounds so good.

Hopefully I can get back to canning tomorrow. Would like to get my sisters sweet potatoes off my kitchen table so I will start with them. Then on to beans, beans, and more beans. Need to squeeze in time to can up a batch of mushroom broth. Looks like this week will be warm and sunny so I wouldn't have any reason not to be out in my Yellow Rose Cottage.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2020 :  5:27:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I need to reread this post about how you ladies can dried beans with out soaking. My ball bluebook says to soak. 3/4 cup beans, salt and boiling water in a pint jar. Does that sound about right?

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2020 :  5:43:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found the pages with the amounts of dry beans. 2/3 cup beans in a pint jar. 1.25 hours in the pressure canner. My canner is antique. It does have a dial, and I did have it checked once. All was good. should be interesting to give beans a try. My mom never canned dried beans, so this is all new to me.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2020 :  06:00:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle others have luck with 2/3 cup of dried beans but when I did that I lost water. About a 1/4" of the beans were uncovered. I like everything covered with water so I now use 1/2 cup of dried beans and they stay covered with water. Might be a difference in pressure canners. 2/3 cup may work for you.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2020 :  10:07:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The sweet potatoes are canned and all sealed. My hotplate was so slow bringing my pressure canner to pressure. Once it came to pressure it never failed. This hotplate is now no good for canning because I can't depend on it but will keep it in case I need it for heating something up. Ordered a new one off Amazon and it should be here May 7 so my canning is on hold. I usually keep a new back up but this year I just forgot.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  03:41:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bet you got your moneys worth out of that hot plate! Always a pain when something goes down. Good thing you got those sweet potatoes done. The dried beans can wait, they won't mold. I will get my steam juicer out and juice the blackberries this afternoon after work. Get jars up here and a jar of crab apple juice for pectin. That way I will get it done.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  05:52:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy juicing and canning, Michelle.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  03:44:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
7 jelly jars of blackberry jelly. It firmed up and sealed. Using crab apple juice for pectin makes it more of a guess. I did put a thermometer in the jelly and that method is about the same as the sheet off the spoon method. About 217* degrees and the jelly is done. Tonights project will be strawberry jam. A little less work, and less dishes, as I don't have to juice it.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  04:35:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle I am impressed that you make your own pectin using crab apple juice.

My sister came by yesterday and gave me some of the biggest carrots I have ever seen. Someone she knows had gone to the food pantry and they were given two 80 lb bags of carrots and gave one to Betty. Because farmers can't sell to restaurants right now the government is buying up the surplus and giving to food banks. The Paris food bank had more carrots than they could deal with so they were giving them to anyone who would take them. Betty will can some plain and pickle the rest.

When my new hot plate gets here I plan on pickling my carrots. I have a recipe for pickled beets that I use for carrots. The beets/carrots are each wrapped in foil and roasted at 425. I like a softer but firm pickled carrot than a crisp one.


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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  11:41:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a lot of carrots wow. Enjoy.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  11:48:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle for someone who doesn't grow vegetables I am often blessed with gifts of produce. Must say the carrots do look pretty sitting on my counter in a vintage green enamelware bowl. As much as I like seeing mason jars full of canned produce I also like to see bowls piled high with them before they are canned.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  11:58:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara I love harvesting bowls and bowls of produce from the garden, it looks so beautiful!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  12:22:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, Connie bowls piled high with our gardens' bounty & gifts from others.

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.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3111 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  4:39:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
6 jars of strawberry jam done this afternoon. Thick but not quite set up all the way. Yes I got tried of cooking and thought it was plenty thick. lol Not quite. Still will be good. I bet your counter looked wonderful with the veggies. Now to decide what is next.....

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Apr 30 2020 :  05:52:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle I understand about getting tired and it's time to stop the cooking. For me there's nothing more tiring than standing over a hot stove or at the counter prepping vegetables.

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.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3111 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - May 01 2020 :  1:22:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The first batch of canning dried beans is under way. 8 pint jars are in the canner. Waiting for the steam to go another 5 min and will get it up to pressure and start counting. I did a healthy 1/2 cup in each jar, as that was how much was in the bag. Small red beans and navy beans are the first to be done. Strawberry jelly turned out great. Firm enough to spread, so perfect. And oh so good.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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cowgirlup@21
Farmgirl in Training

15 Posts

Darla
Hadashville Manitoba
Canada
15 Posts

Posted - May 01 2020 :  1:33:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unbelievable! Up in Canada( Manitoba) I am just seeing my rhubarb come up.

Cheers!!
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3111 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - May 07 2020 :  03:29:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darla those jams and jellys were from the freezer. Fruit i had froze and did not have the time to process when they were fresh. beans were all purchased. I did take a chance and planted potatoes and onions in the garden early. The onions are up now. Of course this will is cold and they are predicting frost Friday night.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - May 08 2020 :  07:16:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well my canning has been pushed back because the USPS lost my hot plate. Amazon refunded my money and I re-ordered this morning. Should be here by next Wed.

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.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3111 Posts

Posted - May 08 2020 :  10:30:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh boy sorry to hear that Sara. Enjoy putting your feet up and relaxing. I am working on my last canner of beans. I am very glad to be done canning them. 3 batches of quarts and 3 batches of pints. What I have learned......less is more. I am keeping notes for next time. I canned up a batch of chili beans as well. Next up, need to get going on chicken stock.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - May 08 2020 :  10:50:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle I too need to can up chicken and other broths. My stash is low.

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.

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MtnMamaKt
Farmgirl at Heart

3 Posts

Kathryn
Igo CA
USA
3 Posts

Posted - May 08 2020 :  6:20:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So, I hope this is the right place to put this... I think it is. I need some help, please. I tried to make the dandelion rose jam in the latest issue of the magazine and I tried to do some things...differently. I'm trying to stick to low carb because I'm working really hard on my fitness goals and my dietary goals are not meeting my new lifestyle for various reasons. Anyways...
The jam... I did it with stevia. I didn't use the chill over powder, but some pectin my mom had. I just wanted to try it.. so far it's been an hour and while the jar kids are popping down... it's still liquid. #128556; it was also quite bitter, but I was thinking I could use it for something other than traditional jam if it set.Something that would negate the bitterness.

Does anyone know if the chill over powder will work with any low carb sugar substitutes? Stevia, monk fruit, swerve?

Thanks!


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Edited by - MtnMamaKt on May 08 2020 6:51:03 PM
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