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  1. 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?

  2. 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 and it's the one I will use. Now, there are 7 for the state. They have a face book page and are looking to expand to other areas. A distribution site has to have a minimum of 200 boxes ordered to participate. The site we will use already had well over 100 boxes accounted for two weeks ago, so I'm sure we'll make the 200 mark easily. If you or someone you know used Angel Food, it would be worth your while to check out Mid America Foods and see if you have a distribution site near you.

  3. 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 leafy. So putting in things like lemon balm and parsley...they would literally pick around it unless it was really disguised by being pureed in a food processor or something like that. But then...that's an idea right there isn't it?


    I make it cheaply. I just buy the cheapest oatmeal I can find, we always have rice and usually have leftover rice stashed in the freezer just for this purpose. I stock up on pumpkin each fall, enough to last the year. Eggs - I've got chickens. Then any other leftovers I know I can add go in the freezer. I recently cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot and kept all the drippings and fat to use in the dog food. Once you get used to making it, it just becomes second nature to save all the little tidbits.

  4. Somewhere on this site, I read where some of you can the bones, etc., after making broth to use as dog food if things go bad ... actually, I think I've read it in more than one place ... but of course, I can't find it.


    Can you fill me in on the details please: at what point do you can, how long do you can, do you grind up before you can or at time of use.


    What else do you store for dog food? A year or so ago, we started feeding our dog raw based on DD's research, and he is happier an healthier than ever. So I've stopped buying dog food (because raw is not cheap). I'm really concerned about what to store for him. I know I read a post where someone was planting a garden to include stuff she feeds her dog, but I haven't heard back from her on that.


    I guess my question is, without commercial dog foods on hand .. which make my dog sick .. what should I store to feed him when fresh meat is not available? :shrug:


    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 have freezer burn, etc. I add in a few eggs and crush the shells and put those in too. It gives them extra calcium and some crunch. I also always add in some canned pumpkin (I'm always stocked up on it) too because it's a natural worm preventative.


    I know it's kind of a bit of this and a bit of that but they like it and it works. I don't can it for obvious reasons - so sorry I can't help with that - but I do keep anything I can use for it in the freezer. Any little bits of gravy or sauce or meat or anything at all that I know we won't eat but the dogs will, gets saved.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. My Mother in Law cautioned about the girls using them at school, she said they would stink more and wondered what they would do if they had to change them. Do you have any suggestions?

    Also, do you keep the same pad on all day and just change the liners? I am trying to figure out how many to make. I have very heavy periods so i usually use the overnight pads for most of my period.



    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 it.


    I can say this. I have never had a leak through problem with cloth pads. And a few days of my period can be pretty heavy. Sometimes I'll pull out some of my thicker cloth pads if I know I'm having a particularly heavy day because I know they can handle it better than disposables. (I keep all kinds on hand: disposable, tampons, and cloth pads.) They can be bulkier, but even with the bulk they are still more comfortable.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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