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  1. I would like a homemade ketchup recipe but most of the ones I've tried are just so darn sweet. I know there has to be some sweetness to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes, but at the same time, we would prefer our end product to be more savory than sweet. The last one I tried was so sweet it reminded me of candied apples! If anyone has a good recipe, please share.
  2. I have a pizza sauce recipe that I want to can - I know lots of other ladies that actually do can this recipe already - but I wanted to ask about thickening agents. They put "therm-flo" in it to thicken it, which I've never even heard of that. But they said you could use corn starch as well. Is it safe to can something with a thickening agent in it?
  3. I learned *so* much from Linda over the years. It's such a sad thing that she is gone. She will be missed.
  4. Has anyone heard any definitive word on how she is? I just went to her FB page and there were two posts by friends on Nov. 25. One was simply a heart and the other the person was saying goodbye to her. So.....does anyone know if that means what it sounds like it means?
  5. There may be programs in some states that can help families now that Angel Food is gone. I know that for me, I'll be able to use Mid America Foods. One of the Angel Food host sites near me quickly started scrambling to get switched over to Mid America Foods and we'll be able to start with them on the October order. They concentrate more on meats and veggies than Angel Food did. Now that Angel Food is kaput, Mid America is growing daily. I know for my state, I checked one day and there were only 3 host stites for the state and none near me. Less than a week later, there was another one an
  6. Give it at least one good freeze of a week or so. Then put it in a food grade bucket. You can layer in a few bay leaves if you want, they deter bugs. It should be fine then. Ask local bakeries if you can have or purchase their used icing buckets.
  7. I've seen them in the Lodge outlet store. I think I've seen them in Williams Sonoma too.
  8. That all looks good to me. I don't see anything that dogs aren't supposed to have. I know that corn and onions are no-nos for dogs. But other than that, you can play with it. I just always make sure I have: the meat (even if I just pick up a cheap package of chicken livers), the eggs w/ shells, pumpkin (is also a good fiber source for them), and the cooked oatmeal and rice. Those are the ingredients I got from a member here years ago who made her own dog food and she helped me come up with the way I've been doing it since. Now for my dogs, they're not really keen on anything green and le
  9. Ok, here's what I do. I don't have to depend on homemade dog food right now, but I have in the past during a time of job loss. Now I try to keep things on hand so if I ever have to make it again, I'll have what I need. About the bones, what I do is cook them down until they just fall apart in my hands. I've heard it can be done in about 20 minutes with a pressure cooker but I don't have a pressure cooker. So I put them in a crock pot and it takes about two or three days. I use that as one of the ingredients. I cook up oatmeal and rice and any leftover meats or cuts of meat that might
  10. I help admin a small board of women who are of a prepping mindset. But some of them are still kind of new to it all and don't quite have it all figured out yet. We are trying to explain to them why you should not can things with milk, butter, or cheese in them. We have posted articles, etc. But what we are coming up against is the thinking that commercially prepared canned foods have gravies, etc in them that they believe contain milk and other things we are telling them shouldn't be canned. Please point me to a resource that explains why this line of thinking is not safe!
  11. Wow, thank you for sharing that Darlene. I'm always on the lookout for something natural to make the garden grow bigger and stronger. I do use fish and sea minerals like were talked about in the article. I get them from an organic herb store and they give everything a growth spurt every time I use them.
  12. I've always heard that the glass ones are better quality than the metal ones.
  13. Oh, I wish I were there. I would gladly take some of them off your hands! They are an important ingredient in my veggie broth. :-) I've never heard of that method of planting onions to get them big. The one I've heard is to let the tops grow tall, then cut them back. Let them grow, cut them back. Supposedly with every cut back you get another layer on your onion.
  14. I haven't read all the replies to this, but my resounding opinion is a big fat NO! I think we will be more worried about and occupied with everyday life and making it through the day. We will try to fit in some of those extras when an opportunity presents itself, but no we won't be preoccupied with the "fluffy" stuff.
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