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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi all this is my first thread. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to can their own food in pouches similar to what you see with tuna bags and MRE entries. This whole idea came about when I ran into this site. The official name for those bags are retort pouches. However, the cost of that...
  2. Recipes
    Right now I am figuring out how to preserve sun dried tomatoes. Have acquired about 10 pounds of sun dried tomatoes locally, and want to pack them in olive oil. Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil are a premium cooking ingredient and a great way to enhance rice, eggs, pastas and so on. Am...
  3. Food and water
    Last week I put up several liters of elderflower cordial: You can have a romantic walk with your honey gathering elderflowers: Then in the next days prepare and can the cordial: The above had rose petals added to it as an experiment. I noticed that when they were steeping, the roses made...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Ok, so I have a garden planted, 2 deer and 1 beef in the fridge. I figure now is the time to learn how to put up canned food. So I was at Borders last night looking at the canning manuals (I was looking for Ball's Blue Book) but there was this old, fat woman hogging up all the shelf space. I...
  5. Food and water
    I have grown about 10 bushels of collard greens. Two things I have found. #1 The Seeds are just like Snaps, and from what I hear, very edible... They are said to be extremely healthy and they grow in abundance, kind of like the rest of the plant. LOL But Zero Recipes exist on the net...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Quick question for you food preservation gurus out there: We're moving across the country (from NY to a western Rocky Mountain state) by the end of the year. I'm growing a container vegetable garden and was planning to pressure-can whatever we don't eat to take with us for storage. But it...
  7. Recipes
    My family used to do canning back when i was a kid, we did tomatoes, corn, beens, apple sauce, jams all kinds of things, mostly b/c we grew them in our big garden, and were poor so we didn't waste anything. I have access to a pressure cooker, and even jars, looking for a good reference. I...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    For those of you who can chicken (or turkey breasts), I am wondering how to estimate how much to buy per quart jar? I just bought 4 cases of wide mouth jars and am trying to figure out how much chicken I need to buy for a marathon canning session.
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hi, I'm curious as to what you all use to keep your fruits from going brown when canning, drying, etc? Do you use Ball Fruit Fresh? http://thekitchenstore.com/bafrprpr.html Lemon Juice? Is there a cheaper way to get ascorbic acid than buying the Fruit Fresh product...besides smashing my own...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm new to canning. Basically, I've put up some sauces - spaghetti, taco, etc. just to learn until I can get some fresh veggies this year. This past weekend I was given some jars... about 100 pint jars!! I'm trying to think of what to use them for. I'm familiar with canning as my parents and...
  11. Food and water
    I have been interested in canning for a while. Growing up I remember my mom and grandmother making pickles and jam. I want to be able to have a garden this year and can the stuff in it. I bought a Ball canning set and looking thru the book that came with it I am not sure what I can really can...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    My wife is active on a few Homesteading forums [a moderator on two]. This weekend she cooked up about 4 gallons of meat stew [meat, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic], and canned most of it. Then while posting about it on one of her forums, she told me: "If you open one quart mason jar of...
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Greetings, I found that site with canned meat. I already ordered a few hardware from them: http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/canned_meat_canned_chicken_canned_turkey_canned_beef.aspx 1 - Is it good quality meat? Anyone can comment on the taste? 2 - Anyone knows another place with same/better...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Last week I was pricing pressure canners at end of season prices about a $100 on sale. I didn't know how we would afford it but it was time and I needed one that fit quarts (my old one only fit pints). I walked into goodwill and found an unused large pressure canner for $12. Appearantly someone...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Well Fall is here, time to fill the freezer and canners with meat. Like years gone by, summer is for veggies and winter is for meat. Huntress and I spent the weekend processing a couple of nice fat Doe's, and put up 75 lbs of meat. Put up 82 6" praire sausage (49) frozen and (33) canned. Along...
  16. Food and water
    I don't have a canner, but I'm thinking it might be handy to have one...however, dehydrating also looks like a good option and I already have a non-electric dehydrator. Before I invest in a canner, I'd like some input on one method vs. the other...if you've done both, what's your preference...
  17. Food and water
    As always, thanks to all of you for always coming to the rescue with your knowledge! One of our favorite recipes is Hungarian Ghoulash - a kind of beef stew in a very spicy tomato-based gravy - and I'd like to can a bunch of it for future use. My question - typically the gravy is thickened at...
  18. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So, we've been doing quite a bit of canning the last few weeks and most of our lids (not the rings) we've had for some time from garage sales, sales at stores etc. But after looking at the cost of them I started to think at about $2.00 for a box of 12 lids that you can only use once (I do save...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How is everyone planning on save food when/if the SHTF? I mean if you are on your own you have to have some plan for home preservation. Freezers require power (generators will run out of gas at some point) and they need repair. Canning needs lids and at $.20 a lid now you need to stock up...
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What to do when the garden is not producing enough to can full batches of anything. 1. Vegetable soup mix- wash and cold pack any mixture of what you have left either cover with a weak salt solution or tomato juice. Pressure can if they include squash, beans or peas. boil over an hour for the...
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