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  1. We planted 3 varieties of pole beans this spring. It rained and rained. The Trionfo Violetto have grown and produced abundantly as usual. The other varieties did not do well at all in the same soil and same row. Next year my wife wants to skip the other varieties and only plant these beans. They are well formed and not spotted by fungus ( a rarity in my area). However, the Japanese Beetles prefer these beans' leaves over the others. They must know a good thing when they see one.
  2. Does anyone else find it remarkable that a pressure canner costing $72.99 from North Carlolina will cost an extra $50.76 for shipping and $20.11 for import charges? That's $70.87 just for shipping and import on a $72.99 canner. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-PRESTO-01755-PRESSURE-CANNER-COOKER-16-QUART-WITH-GUAGE-NEW-IN-BOX-SALE/110443186087?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140328180637%26meid%3D2ecd6ce0f43547f7982a0c237f6a8bb0%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D261815323946
  3. We have been slicing and drying apples on and off for days. Helps warm the house, too.
  4. I have jerky in a canning jar, lid screwed on, in my freezer. The low moisture in it keeps it from getting 'freezer burn' or off flavors. Every time I take out a slice it seems to be pretty much the same as when I froze it months ago. Note: it is pretty dry jerky.
  5. "A-cow-in-a-jar" Ummm.... just how big is that jar?
  6. Quarts of tomatoes in the canner. Woohoo!! OK, tomatoes sound soooo prosaic. However, with the cool summer we've had, just seeing a ripe tomato is cause for celebration.
  7. I'm still confused. But that's OK. Seems to be my nature lately.
  8. Thank you for posting this information. I learnt sumthin'.
  9. This kindle book is free today. I found it to be quite informative. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E6EGS0M/?tag=fkb1-20
  10. Igarden2

    Boiling brine

    "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble"
  11. Igarden2

    Kitchen

    mainly canning
  12. My wife and I almost always work together on canning. We are such a pair of goofballs that it doesn't seem like work, usually.
  13. Can anyone comment (based on personal experience) concerning the quality of product using Clear gel for jams and jellies? I would definitely try it if others have had good results.
  14. Strawberries fresh from the garden and 8 jars of jam.
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