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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Can a vehicle be used to solar dehydrate peppers and tomatoes? Saw this on an episode of Doomsday preppers, or something like that, so I decided to give it a try. A tray off of an electric dehydrator was used to hold the food, and a meat thermometer was used to measure the air temperature...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    A heads up to all who it concerns. Walmart is running Ball mason pint jars for $5 a case. The lids and rims are worth $5 alone. I've never seen canning items during Black Friday, but I'm happy. Stack'em up!
  3. Food and water
    A question for you long time pressure canners out there, where do you set the water level on your jars? Should the water cover the jars? To the bottom of the ring? An inch or two below the ring? When I did my first batch of canned potatoes the water level was at the bottom of the ring. When...
  4. Food and water
    My wife bought me a Presto 01745 16 quart pressure canner for fathers day. What better to start with than 7 quart jars of potatoes. These are the same potatoes my grandkids and I dug up a few weeks ago. The potatoes were cut into bite sized chunks, put into a quart jar, teaspoon of salt...
  5. Food and water
    Who here has some recipes on canning squash and zucchini? For fathers day I got a Presto 01370 8 quart pressure cooker. Then today my wife bought me a Presto 1745 16 quart pressure canner. The squash and zucchini are still producing, which means I need to start canning. How do you can your...
  6. Food and water
    My wife and I are in the market for a pressure canner. What do you think are some of the better ones on the market? We have decided to get away from factory made canned foods and start canning our own. By next spring we would like to have everything ready to go to grow and can our own foods...
  7. Ladies Section
    Hi all, I'm interested in learning from those of you who have tried canning in retort bags. I would like to hear about your experiences and would appreciate some productive feedback about my first time with this. In the canner at the moment are 10 retort packages of smoked salmon (about 2.5...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hello survival guys and gals, I am writing this post in regards to the actual value of the #10 can in comparison to canning at home. I write this in that I have seen 6 #10 cans of rice for sale for a little over $80, when canning seems much cheaper. Besides the long shelf life of the sealed...
  9. Food and water
    Just moved to a new house and there is a huge pear tree out back. The tree is completely filled with pears ready for picking. A very conservative estimate of the yield from the tree is least a half dozen 5 gallon pails. We have been eating pears non stop for a few weeks and haven't made a dent...
  10. Food and water
    Let's say we've got 10kg of Algae powder, protein powder etc. Typically these will last less than 2 years if you go by the best before date. There are a number of options to aide longer term storage. Typically I buy in 1kg packets. I'll be using and selling them as I go along but there are...
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I currently do all of my cooking including canning in my home on a gas stove. I want to learn how to cook and can outdoors in case I lose power. I keep hearing about the Rocket Stove, wood stoves, propane grills, etc. I have not ever cooked on any of these alternatives. Are these alternatives...
  12. Food and water
    I see more people stocking dehydrated apples yet I've no idea where to get them at!! They sound like a real treat in a long term food stash! Any ideas where I can get em?? Been checking costcos and wallyworld but no luck ADD ON-also dehydrated berries...Ive seen these but they all have...
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    ok, i have been looking to start home canning. my parents canned for years, but i have never tried....i want to can whole meals...like salisbury steak, mashed potato's, and gravy...or something like chicken and dumplings. the question is, can you mix meats, vegatables, and gravy? would it have a...
  14. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    When I initially started thinking about long term storage recently, getting a vaccuum sealer was the first thing to come to mind. Then I found out about the mylar and 5 gall bucket method. This seems to make the vac sealers obsolete. But I'm probably overlooking something. So what good is the...
  15. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Where I have been to search about oven canning, there are many people who claim their grannies did it all the time with great success but then vehemently warn against it. Now days the "official" stance is not even to do water bath canning anymore. My Mom canned a lot of things open kettle. You...
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I found this article in Off The Grid News and thought the information would help those who don't know how to Preserve their Fruits and Veggies when we have no power. So hope this helps. http://www.offthegridnews.com/2011/02/21/dehydrating-preserving-the-harvest/
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I recently scored a 23qpresto pressure canner on craigslist for 30$ a great prep item i think. I saw #10 cans of tomatoes at sams for 2.50 i can not hardly grow them for that price anyways just me and the wife so that big of a can is way too much can you recan that kind of stuff in smaller jars...
  18. Food and water
    I haven't done any true canning, ever. I have been stocking up on equipment all summer at yard sales. I have: a pressure canner, water bath canner, basic utensils, books and 100 unused jars with another several hundred lids. I have no clue how many jars it will use up to can one doe. I'm...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Greetings! Every once in a while, I see these "survivalist" cans of Costa Rican canned green coffee beans. Ok, so I pay about $80 bucks (not to mention some paying for some hefty shipping charges). I thought to myself-why can't I do it (in the spirit of DIY). Ok, it can be easily done...
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Found a real nice site for instructions on how to preserve food from the Michigan State University Extension. http://web1.msue.msu.edu/imp/mod01/master01.html
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