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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.
  15. A friends asked me this & I'm not sure what the answer is. If you have canned applesauce or apple butter is it ok if there are some bubbles in the finished product?
  16. Just finished up 15 twelve ounce jars of vegetable broth and hope to do some lima beans and some corn before the day is through.
  17. Gah...this might up my timeframe on purchasing this. I've heard of so many people buying the filters and then making their own out of 5 gallon foodgrade buckets. I didn't really want to go the plastic route, but I may have to now.
  18. Anyone have a tried and true sweet relish recipe they could share? I did a search but didn't come up with anything.
  19. Ok, now I'm freaking out a bit. Now I have people telling me on FB that chickens intended as layers aren't any good for meat even when they reach full size?? Can I salvage this situation? The descriptions of white rocks on the McMurray hatchery said they could be used for the frying pan or the broiler. Is that not true?
  20. When I have worn them out in public and know I will need to change, I take sandwich sized zippy bags with me. Fold or roll the pad up, stick it in the zippy and seal it up. But honestly, I don't know that I would want to send a teenage girl to school having to do that. But for me, a grown woman going out to the market, etc ~ not a problem. I would never keep the same one on all day. I do sometimes wear them a bit longer than I would a disposable...but just a bit. They do still need to be changed throughout the day. I always wear my thicker ones at night so I don't have to worry about
  21. I've used them for years. In my experience, even if you have snaps on them you will also want to secure them to the panties with saftey pins. They stay in place much better that way. Always soak them good before washing. A lot of times, I'll do long soaks...about 2 days and then wash. I've noticed when I do a long soak like that, they come out completely clean with no stains. If they just have a short soak, they get clean but will have stains on them. Use the dirty water on your garden. Lots of nutrients in there.
  22. I have 25 white rocks to be delivered next week. I will be raising them to 7 or 8 weeks and then butchering them. I'm trying to plan their living area for when they are big enough to go outside. They will have an enclosure without a lot of vertical space. Do you think there will be any harm in not having any roost poles?
  23. Picked up 2 more blackberry bushes, 1 more blueberry and a golden delish. apple tree. Cleaned out our building to make it ready for the brooder in anticipation of 26 chicks to be delivered from Mrmurray on Monday. Did a big stock up last week. Concentrated on dry goods ~ 200 lbs. rice, 50 lbs. sugar, 25 lbs. flour among many other things.
  24. Thank you for that ~ I thought the lifespan was quite long. But exposure to cold? I know lots of people - myself included - who store their seeds in the freezer.
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