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    Re-Canning Food

    I like the 'idea' of re-canning food. Every time I'd ask about it I'd get "Why would you want to do that?!" Sigh. The same reason I 're-home' bulk food. Because living alone + Sam's Club = too much in one can for one person to consume at one time. Same as to why a single person would buy 1 potato. Because one person may only want a baked potato once a month or so. Sorry, kinda testy about the 'why would you wanna' question. Living alone and being a prepper can have it's own set of problems and solutions. I want a well stocked pantry and I prefer the commercial ( French's, Heinz) etc. taste of foods I grew up with. But buying a dozen jars of something verses buying 1 large can and dividing it into a dozen is not very economical. Anyway...I was watching canning videos AGAIN and saw Homestead Tessie redoing her mustard. She even water bath processed it. I could do that. I'd love to have those jars of condiments on my shelf. She said she was doing catsup next. And holy Saaaaweet Baby Ray! Oh yeah. She even put some in the squirt bottles for the fridge. And look at those cute little jars.They are definitely OCD approved! So what do you all think? Am I missing something here? Is it safely doable? I miss my canner so much. The video has a long intro and outgo so the good stuff is between 0:55 and 3:27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwO-dLXRoC8
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    Re-Canning Food

    Thanks. That helps a lot. I know there are recipes out there for making ketchup but I've never tasted it. I THINK Mrs. Wages even has a packet of the dry stuff that you just add tomato sauce to. Or maybe it's Ball. I'll have to check into that. A big container of mustard like Tessie had would last me 2-3 years canned up. I know old bottled ketchup gets really dark. I've seen it in my pantry but never tasted it. I'm not opposed to pressure canning it. Most of the time I'd rather pressure can than water bath can anyway. I'm putting mustard, ketchup and bar-b-q sauce on my to-do list for next years canning.
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    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Good thinking Amber.
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    medical testing - ugh

    Poor thing. Sounds like he has medical and emotional issues.
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    DEHYDRATING

    Very nice! I love looking at food that's been prepped!!!
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Ohhhh, lovely!
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    What are you canning today? Part 8

    Are you going to can your oranges? I saw where a couple of people canned the little ones and they turned out very bitter. They decided that you have to remove the outer casing and not just the pithy white part. They said the Mandarin oranges we buy in a can have been chemically treated to remove that "shell" for lack of a better word. What's that called anyway. i can't remember who all did them. It might have been Linda's Pantry or Kneady Homesteader. I'm sure it was Noreen's Kitchen though. I'd check it out but I'm on the Kindle. I wanted to do some of those little 'cutie' oranges but I'm not up to peeling each section. Maybe some of the bigger oranges. Maybe add a couple of grapefruit slices to the mix. I really miss my canner! Anyway, anyone doing citrus fruit be sure to remove the little bag around the sections very well before canning them. Bag, sack, shell, membrane, cover, pulp holder...what the heck is that thing called?!
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    medical testing - ugh

    Oh my Ambergris. I didn't know you had been bitten. I'm sorry that happened to you! Keep us informed please.
  9. I was wondering about getting a central air conditioner cover at the other house. They seem like a good idea to keep the winter elements off of it. Son said no, so I Googled it. Turns out he was right. Hate when that happens. So here is the skinny in whether (pun) or not you should winterize your outside central air conditioner unit thingy. I'm not talking about window units but the big free standing units. (Condenser?) Should I Cover My Air Conditioner After Summer? by Stewart Unsdorfer There are key times during the year that you need to do maintenance on your heating and cooling system. They are in the spring for your air conditioner, and in the fall for your heating unit. Outside of that maintenance schedule, people wonder if their outside air conditioning unit may need to be covered once the weather turns cold. When You Should Cover Your A/C There is a reason to cover your air conditioner after the summer, and it's not just for the winter. As we said before, your unit is built to withstand the rain and snow, but it is not built to keep out leaves, seeds, or nuts. Therefore, you will want to cover your system during the fall only. When leaves or seeds get into your air conditioner, they can create a place where moisture collects, which then causes corrosion. It can even block up any moisture drainage your system has built in. If you do cover your air conditioner, only cover the top of it. If you make your own cover, be aware that it should only come down the side about 6 inches. You don’t want to cover it completely, if you do, you are asking for trouble. A cover that completely covers your unit will trap moisture inside which then causes rust and corrosion. Why You Don't Need To Cover Your Air Conditioner People often cover certain things around their home to keep the elements away. For example, swimming pools and lawn furniture, especially if a garage or storage shed is not available. But for those of you wondering if you should cover your outside air conditioner, it does not require a cover. Some people are under the impression that a cover will protect the air conditioner unit from: Dirt When on, the unit sucks in air, which also brings in the dirt. Once it is off, no dirt or other debris will go inside. Snow, Ice, and Cold Weather Outdoor cooling units are built to endure these harsh winter weather conditions, which eliminates the need for a cover. Moisture Moisture (water) can freeze the air conditioner’s condenser coils, which can cause damage over time. However, there is no way to keep moisture out 100% of the time. Either through the humidity in the air, or from the wind, moisture is sure to seep in. With a cover on your air conditioner you actually trap the moisture in, which can then create mold. You are much better off not using a cover for this reason. Rodents A cover will not keep small animals away, in fact, just the opposite. Animals want to get out of the cold, and your cover can provide them with a new winter home. Remember, rodents and other small animals are known for finding their way into very small spaces. Conclusion Remember, your air conditioner is already built to protect against typical winter conditions. Therefore, you do not need a cover for it for the reasons you might think. You only need to cover your unit in the fall, and the units that we install have attractive looking covers custom sized to work perfectly. https://www.centralhtg.com/blog/should-i-cover-my-air-conditioner
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    Winterizing An Air Conditioner

    You're supposed to winterize a furnace??? Uh-oh. All I've ever done is change the filter a couple of times a year. I suppose it should be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years. I've skipped that step too. Guess I've just been lucky. I think I need a new thermostat though.
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    Multipurpose for common items

    I don't know where some people are buying their condoms but they would provide a VERY small shower. I'd think a water balloon would hold a few more ounces. LOL. As for storing things in them, they have an unpleasant odor to them. I'm going back 40 years here so things may have changed since then. I think I'd only use them for their intended use. Just sayin' I saw another use for panty liners/pads. Someone put them in their shoes for extra cushioning. Would probably help absorb stinky feetz aroma too.
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Oh, my. What a lucky pup! Welcome to Mrs. Survival Bella. You are gorgeous!!!
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    And now H.Michael?

    I'm glad to see you posting Ambergris. I was so worried about you.
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I'm sorry Annarchy. Sending you prayers of comfort and gentle hugs!
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    And now H.Michael?

    That is horrifying. Ambergris...are you okay?! Kappy?
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Thanks for the early weather report Mt. Rider. It's already raining here. I guess it's going to be raining for the rest of the week thanks to H. Michael. The big blow hard. I didn't get to go to the nursery because of the rain. I didn't even know it was raining until I went out. I got some more books from the library that I had sitting in my wish list at Amazon. I love when I can do that before I might buy them. Most of the time I really don't want them after all. If it's a recipe book I just scan the page and print it on a Word document later. My library has saved me so much money. I'm going to miss it!
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    The heat has returned temporarily. We hit a high yesterday. I think they said 89 but I wasn't out and about. Today it's in the mid 80's. I got the yard mowed without any neighborly assistance today. Hummm. I think someone is scared of a woman. A crazy banshee of a woman but still...Suits me fine. Live in fear dude. Live in fear. When I cool off I'm going to go to the nursery for some deer food. AKA expensive landscape replacements. I'm going to try some mums along the side of the house. At least they are on sale this time of year. I need 7 mums and about as many small shrubs. I'm thinking about going to Lehmans tomorrow. I'll have to check the weather down there first. I want to check out the quilt shops too. Since I got my quilting fabric sorted and packed, I saw some holes (not literally) where I need to fill in with some splashes of color. Sigh. I would also like to pick up a couple of 'jelly rolls' and fat quarters. I'm thinking about making a flannel comforter next season too. Flannel fat quarters would be nice for that. I was looking online and since I went fabric shopping down there the last time, two of the quilt shops have closed down. Also the shop where I get my oak furniture has closed. Maybe I'll wait another week so I can make some lists before I go.
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    Ebola 2018

    I heard a blip about that too, but not much else yet.
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    Ebola 2018

    I know I heard or read where there was a case (real or suspected) of Ebola in Washington DC earlier this week but now I can't find it anywhere. I couldn't link it at the time because I was on the Kindle. Humm. Anyway, it seems to be rearing its ugly head in Africa again. Here is the most updated info link I could find: http://www.ebolavirusnet.com/ebola-news.html
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    And now H.Michael?

    I noticed about the name Michael too, Kappy. However.... When I think of an angel named Michael I think of that movie Michael with John Travolta. Say what you will about him but the man can dance. Drool. Stay safe everyone.
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    And now H.Michael?

    Oh my Ambergris. I've been thinking about you all day. Are you in the pan handle area? Sending up prayers of safety for you where ever you are!!! Keep us posted.
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    New Canning Book

    I just saw a new canning book on the market. Anyone seen it or have any opinions about it. It looks interesting, but then again, I find all books about canning interesting. The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning: Everything You Need to Know to Can Meats, Vegetables, Meals in a Jar, and More https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1641520906/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=thekne-20&linkId=e3f532666eeead1c03be03f30185f1dc&language=en_US Should have said this is for pressure canning only.
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    New Canning Book

    I haven't had any issues with the texture of chicken. I only can cooked breast meat. I can't do bones, fat or skin. Just an "ick" factor for me that I can't get past. I use most of my canned meats in soups though. I think the only meat texture issue I have is with hamburger. It isn't horrible, just different. I have really good luck with my chicken veggie soup. Also my ham and potatoes. I do those little Smokie link sausage, potatoes and green bean mix too. I cut the smokies in half. The links are sort of dry and crumbly but edible. What they add to the flavor of the potatoes and green beans is well worth it though. They are a little greasy for my liking but I just drain them before I zap them. I only can soups and stews etc. in pints since I'm the only one eating it. A quart for me would be too much.. I can't wait to start canning and freezing again next summer.
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    Pray for my mom...all of us

    Oh Dear. I'm so sorry your family is going through this. It's nice that your family is rallied around you though. I'm know it wasn't what they were expecting (how could they) but I'm sure they have a feeling of usefulness too. Maybe they can help get your parents house ready for when she comes home? Room for a wheel chair or walker and no trip rugs etc. Keeping busy helps. Sending up healing prayers for your dear mother and calming prayers for your dear father. And for you...well, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.
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    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I'm sorry your fur baby is ailing, Annarchy. Seems like you went through this not too long ago. It's so hard on the heart I know all too well. HUGS! We have had rain and storms all weekend. Kinda cozy actually. I think I got all of my quilting fabric packed up. Sheesh. I know I sort of panicked when I got divorced and bought a big stash to have in case I needed it for extra income but I think I went overboard. I got three pretty big totes full. Hope I don't find any more in the spare bedroom. I also got a trash bag full to donate. I'm not sure the Salvation Army wants it or not. If not I'll take it to Amish country and give it to an Amish lady I know. Each church district makes quilts for charity auctions every year so I'm sure they can use it. Scaling back ain't easy. If you think a move is in your future...start pitching now! I have more books to go through. UGH.
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