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  1. Originally Posted By: RusticOkie I was just thinking about the canning coworker and I bet it never occurred to her not to talk about her canning because she probably doesn't prep. She probably just cans for canning sake. Know what I mean? Thats a possibility. She stockpiles food and hoardes pretty much anything (craft supplies, food, etc). She might be more along the lines of a packrat than a prepper.
  2. Originally Posted By: Suz Is there anyway you could tell the Canning Coworker loose lips sink ships? Coworker's enthusiasm is admirable but can you just imagine how many ppl are thinking "I'm going to her house?" coworker needs to do some serious backpeddling damage control! I would but she is one of those people that just doesnt understand how to keep her mouth shut. She tells people everything. Im not saying anything because I guarantee that she would go around telling people that I told her not to say anything and that she doesnt understand why. And then people will wonder why I would say such a thing. Everyone thinks I couldnt care less about such matters, and thats the best way.
  3. My favorite Miso soup was on sale and so I stocked up! Ive spent today chopping, blanching and freezing green beans. My list of things I have is getting much longer than the list of things I need and thats a great feeling. Ive also cleared out a spot to put a cabinet for storage. Going to take a trip to Ikea soon.
  4. I have a co-worker that loves to can. She also loves to tell everyone every detail about her life, which is a whole other matter. She brings in things she has canned and gives them out and tells everyone what she spent the weekend making. Just the other day she gave me a rundown off the things she had canned and what she had left to do. I was in the breakroom with one of the guys and we were talking about the stock market. He made the comment that we were in scary times and I laughingly said I was going to buy a case of ramen noodles just in case. He laughed and said "Im going to [co-workers] house. You just know she has a basement full of food". I never tell anyone what Im up to. You never know who is filing away what information in the back of their mind.
  5. Ive been cleaning out all my unnecessary stuff. I have a lot of stuff that does nothing but take up space. Been watching sales closely and stocking up on things that go on sale. I like having snacks to pack in lunches, so Im trying to buy up that kind of stuff.
  6. Thanks for the concern. My tomatoes are sitting because I got tired of chopping. I read that I can safely replace the peppers with onions in a salsa recipe, and the cilantro is not a problem. The garlic ratio seems to be the only question now, so I wont add much. Im sure I will be fine.
  7. Im bumping this up because I have finally found tomatoes I like and am going to spend the weekend canning. I want to make my own version of salsa. In the middle of winter, I add it to other stuff to make a mexican dish. What I really want it tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro and vinegar. Ive been looking up recipes for tomato juice, since some of those are closer to what I am trying to do - they are just juice instead of chunks. Im going to go ahead with the salsa. Thanks for everyones help.
  8. Originally Posted By: CrabGrassAcres My understanding is the the "shortage" of gas is because folks have panicked and are filling every container they have with gas. The pipeline hasn't caught up and some of the refineries are still not producing. They will probably get going soon, since the electric companies are really working hard to restore power to the refineries. Once folks calm down a bit they will most likely want to use the gas in their cans first and things should even out. This is what they have been saying on the news, but Im dont believe it. I think they are sayings it people hording because they are in a panic that is causing this just to get everyone not to panic. This has been going on for a couple weeks now. I pass by several gas stations every day (at least 5) and they are all out of gas. When they do get a truck, the lines are stretched way down the street. I have yet to see a single person filling up gas cans. I live in the city and I dont think people are hording here. I was at a party last night and it was the talk of the night. Several of us have been talking about how a tnak of gas normally lasts us a few weeks and how we have really been cutting back to conserve. Traffic is lighter these days too.
  9. I got this recipe from one of the canning sites. I want to omit the chiles, which say they are optional and add some garlic. Im thinking that adding a few garlic cloves will be okay, but just wanted others opinions. Chile Salsa Yield: 7 to 9 pints 10 cups peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes 4 cups chopped onions 1 cup vinegar 6 cups seeded, chopped chiles* 3 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Combine ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Ladle hot salsa into pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner: 15 minutes at 0-1,000 feet altitude, 20 minutes at 1,001-6,000 feet; 25 minutes above 6,000 feet. *Use mixture of mild and hot chiles.
  10. I have a friend that works at the local community center. They have art and acting classes for adults and children. She said enrollment is way down. The local lunch hour hot spots dont seem as full these days either.
  11. I gave up on them. You win some, you lose some. Im just upset because I paid a premium for those grapes. I would have been less heartbroken if it would have been my 88cents a pounds pickles. :-)
  12. I used a stainless steel pan to cook them and then stored them in a glass bowl. I used a wooden spoon to stir them. Im not sure what happened.
  13. Okay, I was making muscadine juice following this recipe http://www.pickyourown.org/grapejuice.htm Everything went fine. I tasted the juice and it was a bit tart (I like things sweet) but otherwise good. After step 6, I put it in a big giant glass covered bowl and refridgerated it. Which the recipe says is fine. I pull it out today and it tastes terrible. I would say the taste is like the grapes are rotten and a bit metallic. I cant believe my grapes would go bad overnight - any idea as to what went wrong. Im so disappointed because I paid so much for these grapes. Im about to pour $50 down the drain.
  14. I would love to see everyone's stash. Ive got a batch going now so Im not going to post a picture just yet. But I was thinking about it and wondering if anyone else would be willing to post pictures. Or is there already a spot for this and Im not seeing it.
  15. 1. Economy in general. 2. My specific economy. I dont feel so secure about my job. If I am out of work at least I will be able to eat. 3. After living through a couple hurricanes, Ive seen how a disruption to the food supply can cause problems and how much having preps helps my stress level.
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