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  1. A question for you experienced canners:

     

    May I pressure can jams,applesauce and other water bathed foods? Pressure canning seems much less wasteful, since you use much less water.

     

    If I can, how do I know how long to pressure can it when the directions are for water bath canning? Are there guidelines somewhere?

  2. I have a homemade stuffing recipe I'll add here...We can't eat the store-bought kind. The MSG makes my husband and son ill, and doesn't do anything good for any of us!

     

    Stove Top Clone

    1/3 cup freshly chopped celery

    4-5 slices white bread

    3-4 slices whole wheat bread

    3 tsp chicken bouillion

    2 tsp chopped dried onions

    1 1/2 tsp dried parsley

    1/8 tsp EACH sugar and onion powder

     

    To prepare, you need:

     

    1 2/3 cup water

    1/4 cup butter

     

    Mince the celery tiny and dry overnight on a sheet pan overnight, or in a very slightly warm oven. I have a dehydrator, which makes it much easier!

     

    Press the bread together to compress it and cube it. You should have about 4 cups of bread.

     

    Dry the bread cubes in a 250 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes. You should have about 2 2/3 cups cubes after drying.

     

    Combine the dried veggies, seasonings and bread. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

     

    To prepare the stuffing, bring the water and butter to a boil, stir in the veggie/spice mix, cover and let simmer 10 minutes. Add the bread cubes, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5-7 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

  3. Oh, it does have one weight. The thing is, it doesn't say it it's 5, 10 or 15 pounds. The All American I learned on has a weight with three different holes, properly labeled.

     

    I am on www.gopresto.com and they don't have the weight set. Where do you suggest I go to? Perhaps the picture will tell me which weight was included.

  4. I've been canning all sorts of things with a borrowed All American. This is a dial gauge and when I get a new gasket in, I plan to take it to the Extension Office. It looks just like this one. Not the prettiest thing, but it was cheap!

     

    I have a question. Is the Presto site the only place you can get a replacement gasket for a canner this old? I don't want to waste my time running all around town to the various hardware stores, if they don't carry it.

  5. I put a 'wanted' ad on Craig's List for canning supplies and someone contacted me. I picked up this afternoon. I got a 16 quart Presto pressure canner, 9 pint and a half jars, 118 pint jars and 71 quarts!! There are also hundreds of new rings and several boxes of new lids (which may be too old to use....I'll try some and see). All the jars, ring and lids were free and the canner was but $15!

     

    I'm one happy Momma! dancing

  6. So what would be best, white or black filters? Can you even get white filters for the bigger models?

     

    BTW, thanks for the link. I'm trying to get a Crown for Christmas. We have 10 in our family, so I want a big one!!

     

  7. I am still learning to can. I was able to glean unlimited amounts of plums this week from a friend's neighbor's orchard. I have made 5 qts and 6 pints of jam, 32 trays of fruit roll-ups, and have two more gallons of puree ready to make more rollups, and many buckets of plums left.

     

    The orchard is very old, and likely not hybridized or GM, so I am going to try to grow a few of the pits. Anything else you can do with plum pits?

     

    I borrowed a pressure canner from a friend and am going to learn how to use it this weekend. I'll be browsing for recipes in the "Preserving the Harvest" thread and working on that next week.

     

    Will my kitchen ever be clean again?

  8. I was at Costco today. There was plenty on the shelves, and there wasn't more than the usual number of people there. HOWEVER, I am an Executive member and was there at opening, 10 AM, while the store doesn't open to the general membership until 11 AM.

     

    50 pounds of sugar was $20.69! Is that about typical? I haven't bought white sugar for several years, since we rarely use it! I have been learning to can and used up all my stored sugar.

  9. I canned some apricots that a friend gave me from her tree, and froze a pound of organic lettuce greens. I was given 6 18 packs of fresh, fertile eggs, so some baking is in order, before it gets too hot (111 forecast for tomorrow.)

     

    Another friend is butchering some young male goats soon and is going to give me some meat. WESTIE! What do I do with goat meat??

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