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  1. Do I need to pressure can Spaghetti Sauce if it doesn't contain meat?????
  2. Does anyone know what the best place to buy Clear Jel. It's so pricey this year! Last year I was able to get it for .99 per box. This year it's crazy!
  3. I've been MIA for awhile, I've occasionally lurked but since I haven't done any canning or freezing I didn't post. It's good to be back. It's great to see that you all are still very hard at work. You inspire me. Today I froze up 47 pints of strawberry jam. Feeling pretty happy about that. My garden is late this year, we have had unseasonably cool and rainy weather. I ate my first cuke today. I'm looking forward to canning green beans in a couple of weeks. Thanks for continuing to have this awesome site. I have learned so much. Last year I was inspired to can meat for the first time ever. I ended up canning over 525 jars of stuff from April to October. I still have much of it and hope to fill the rest of my canning jars this year.
  4. Speaking of salsa........................ last year I got tired of waiting for my tomatoes to ripen so I went to Sam's Club and bought a bunch of #10 cans of diced tomatoes. They were less than $2.50 per can. I also bought some #10 cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste. It made the BEST salsa I've ever made and we ate it all up. I know it wasn't "pure" because it wasn't produced by me, but I'm going to do it again this year. Don't hate me!
  5. Alright!! I'm a competitive person and I'm up to the challenge.......I think! This site was so inspriing to me last year during the harvest and canning season! I love you all! I have been wanting to can beans, refried, black and pinto. I want to use more beans in our meals. I also have eaten so much of the stuff we canned last year, I've sorta surprised myself. My home canned peaches are sooooo good and we are going to have to do it again. I think we may be done with the freezing weather here, so I guess I better start getting those seeds in the ground. I hope I"m as enthused in about four months when I'm up to my neck in heavy canning.
  6. Thank you! I had't canned any yet and wouldn't have without checking here first.
  7. OK, thanks for giving ME the canning bug again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not sure I've recovered from my last spring/summer/fall canning efforts! I started last April canning chicken for the first time ever. I had never canned any meat of any kind, I'm sure glad I did. What a convenient thing to have. I finally ended with applesauce from the falls apple harvest from my very own two trees. I have loved eating our canned goods from this year more than any other year....why is that? I canned up some beans last fall but haven't eaten any yet, I know I need to. I am very interested in canning black bean because I do like putting them in taco soup. Today I mxed up a big pot of pinto beans with leftover ham bone from yesterday's dinner. It was pretty yummy. I do have a suggestion on canning lids, www.alisonspantry.com has canning lids for a couple of months out of the year in their catalog. It's a pretty good buy. I have yet to ever find large canning lids for less than $2.25 around here. Also, have you ever canned beans without cooking them first? I saw in another site that they were canning beans by putting them in raw and then processing them. The processing cooked up the beans nicely. Any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance!
  8. Darlene, you are making me laugh.....500 pounds of apples! That would have sent me over the edge. Please keep an accurate count of what 500 pounds of apples will do....filling, sauced, pureed, relished.....whatever you end up doing. I am curious to see how creative you are going to be. I got tired of canning applesauce and pie filling so our small family, so I started dehydrating apples. I really need a second dehydrator because this family of mine is eating them about as fast as I can dehydrate them.
  9. We've been inundated with family this last several weeks and I've been working in the ER way too much, but I'm excited to have things slow down now so I can get back to filling jars. I am going to make more salsa and more spaghetti sauce, it's starting to disappear way too quickly. It's inspiring for me to read these posts every day to keep up my excitement. This is the first year that I've canned anything past September. You women are awesome! Thanks for the ideas and recipes!
  10. Wow! You are one blessed woman!!! I am happy for you. I know you will put it to good use.
  11. Haven't canned for a week, but I've been keeping the dehydrator going with apple slices. They are so good!
  12. Violet, I will be giving that one a try. It looks delicious!
  13. PoGo, what is apple pie jam??? Sounds divine!
  14. What are you doing to prepare them? I know that if they aren't stored well, you get about three years out of them. If you seal them in #10 cans with oxygen absorbers you get lots more life out of them. If you are going to can some, that should also help soften them up.
  15. OK, you had me curious there, so I went and counted. Actually I did an inventory several weeks ago to see what I had and didn't have....that led into cleaning and organizing the storage room, and mopping and washing......anyway...so far I've done 545 jars of stuff. My family has probably eaten a half dozen jars of salsa, but I can say that this is the most I've done in many years. I will probably turn into a year around canner now that I have a canning kitchen downstairs, but I'm still a novice compared to some of you hardcore canners out there. You are my heros!!!!!
  16. Well my canning efforts were much more humble than yesterday. Only 4 Qts of baked beans and 7 Qts of pork and beans. I had to clean the house....it was starting to look like a crack house or something. I am blessed to have an extra kitchen downstairs that I can in, but when both kitchens are dirty...yuk. So I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. I work in the ER for the next two days so I'll only be able to drool over what you darlings are doing, but come Friday...watch out. I feel another batch of salsa coming on.
  17. Shurleen, how many jars of stuff do you think you have canned this year? Wow, you are like the Arnold Swartenzenager of canning!!!!
  18. Well, I think I figured out what went wrong....duh. For you master canners out there you are probably going to think I'm the biggest idiot. The lids were Ball lids and not very old. So I doubt that was the problem. I think it is that I was letting the pressure canner cook outside on my propane cooker. It did fine, but then I put the processed jars on a table in my garage. That usually works just fine, but it was about 30 degrees last night when I finally pulled that last of the jars from the canner. I think that this is what went wrong. I didn't give up however, I have some pork and beans in the pressure canner even as we speak. It's on the stove in the basement this time.
  19. Yesterday I canned beef stew and then chili. The chili beans had soaked all night. Well, 7 of my 14 quarts of chili didn't seal and 4 of my 13 quarts of beef stew didn't seal! This is my first sealing failures all season long!? I'm pretty discouraged this morning. I was going to take two meals into people in my neighborhood, one just had a baby and the other was in a car accident and recovering slowly. I guess I know what they are getting for dinner.
  20. I'm just starting a new thread because I'm so dang curious as to what you would still be canning? I guess I just assume that the whole world is a frozen wasteland like my part of the country....snow on the ground for crying-out-loud! I went out into the snowy garden and dug up my carrots so I could put together a huge batch of beef stew to can. Next I have a HUGE batch of chili cooking to start doing next. So far today 13 Qts. of beef stew. I have no idea how much chili I'll end up with. But I feel snug in the house with a toasty fire and some rib sticking meals cooking in the pressure canner!
  21. I meant to say beef stew.................duh.
  22. I think I'm going to venture into this and was curious to hear from those of you that have tried it. What works good for you? What didn't work good? Certain kind of potato can better than another? Love to hear from you.
  23. Ready or not, it is. We are getting a hard frost tonight. I covered what I could, picked what I could and am hoping for the best. We are supposed to get snow on Saturday.......yuk. Potato harvest is in full swing around here. My DD works for one of the farmers and I'll be getting a couple of 100# sacks from him. I hate to see the green end.
  24. You canned how many quarts of applesauce???????????????????????? You are my hero. If I look at another apple right now I'll cry...except my mom called and said the Red Delicious are ready! Mercy. You are awesome is all I can say.
  25. Ahhh, I know it wasn't much but it was something. 22 qts of applesauce. Ya, know my mom always said applesauce was easy, but I think it's a mess. I did it outside using my Cache cooker and my husband, bless his heart. It just seems like a lot of work for 22 quarts. Tomorrow I'll have a day of rest. Monday I'm going to do some more salsa. The way the people in my house are eating it, I'm going to have to make much more than I intended. Dang. Then the sweet lady I work with dropped off MORE jars. Wow. I'm pretty happy about all that. I'm going to try some chili and some beef stew. Maybe if I get up the ambition I'll do some more apple pie filling.
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