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  1. Had a test run last night... We live in SoCal desert. It's been very cold here (for us) and last night we got some blessed RAIN!! I was coming home from Christmas shopping and began to notice that the usual night lights of the neighbors weren't on. "Neighbors" are few and far between where we live, and no street lights, so the darkness was eerie.

    Sure enough, when I got home, the power was off, and my DH was sitting in the dark with a flashlight nearby. We soon had a cozy fire in the fireplace and I brought out candles and battery operated "tap lights" and it all felt much safer and cozier. Then I began to really think about what worked and didn't. Our freezers were off, of course, as was the frig. I wanted a cup of tea, but didn't have a quick, handy way to heat water. I have a gas BBQ with burner on the side, but need to fill that other propane tank. I have some butterfly stoves and extra fuel blocks. I want to get oil lamps and lamp oil. We have plenty of firewood and matches, but I need some sort of grill for the fireplace. I think I can use one from the BBQ, held up by bricks. It was late, so the food issue didn't come up right away.

    My laptop was charged, but not my cell phone. No internet. I have a small crank radio, but it would take a lot of cranking to get the cell phone charged again.....

     

    Anyhow, a great heads up for me, about how really prepared I am and what I still need to do! Nothing like the REAL thing to make it real :>)

     

     

    Unless someone's got it, I think someone will taking a trip to buy the kind of phone charger that you use in the car. :D

    LOL! I actually went out to the garage and was running the engine to charge up my cell phone, but thought hmmm, I would be wasting gasoline in a real crisis....... lots to think about.

  2. Had a test run last night... We live in SoCal desert. It's been very cold here (for us) and last night we got some blessed RAIN!! I was coming home from Christmas shopping and began to notice that the usual night lights of the neighbors weren't on. "Neighbors" are few and far between where we live, and no street lights, so the darkness was eerie.

    Sure enough, when I got home, the power was off, and my DH was sitting in the dark with a flashlight nearby. We soon had a cozy fire in the fireplace and I brought out candles and battery operated "tap lights" and it all felt much safer and cozier. Then I began to really think about what worked and didn't. Our freezers were off, of course, as was the frig. I wanted a cup of tea, but didn't have a quick, handy way to heat water. I have a gas BBQ with burner on the side, but need to fill that other propane tank. I have some butterfly stoves and extra fuel blocks. I want to get oil lamps and lamp oil. We have plenty of firewood and matches, but I need some sort of grill for the fireplace. I think I can use one from the BBQ, held up by bricks. It was late, so the food issue didn't come up right away.

    My laptop was charged, but not my cell phone. No internet. I have a small crank radio, but it would take a lot of cranking to get the cell phone charged again.....

     

    Anyhow, a great heads up for me, about how really prepared I am and what I still need to do! Nothing like the REAL thing to make it real :>)

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    "I got my final project grade back and I got a 96% on my Capstone Project and get to graduate Magna Cum Laude on Saturday!!!!

    ...so this is just one more thing that God has graced me with. He is so good! I can hardly speak and I'm in tears (happy tears!)."

     

    :G&V, isn't God awesome?? He gave you the desire of your heart! Awesome and congratulations!!! pscathy

     

     

     

     

  4. FREEZING PERSIMMONS

     

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    "In China and Japan, persimmons are always dried, ..."

     

    Violet, I want to dehydrate some Fuyu persimmons I have. Not sure about how to slice them, should I peel them? Dried sounds better to me than freezing, since I love just eating them.

     

    Cathy

  5. Margoc,

    You should never leave the lid on the canner. Not only can you get a reverse vacuum and the lid will be permanently stuck on, but you will have thermal loving bacteria growing in your jars of food. They may be unsafe to eat. So, your jars of meat may or may not have bacteria in them.

    You remove the weight when the pressure is at zero. Then let the canner sit another 10 min. and then remove the lid and the jars. That will help with siphoning of the jars.

    Yes, the reverse vacuum really does happen. All you can do is throw the whole thing out. Very rarely can one be opened up.

    (I teach food preservation safety. )

     

     

    Violet, we are so incredibly fortunate to have your knowledge available! Thank you! cathy

  6. I love the Mother Theresa quote on MomM "We can do no great thing, just small things with great love". It is actually NO small thing, this joy we all feel upon opening the creative gifts from each other. I cherish each one, and celebrate our creativity. I guess some of us (me!) will always struggle with being "good enough", but heck, our gifts are our GIFTS, given to us by our Creator. I so appreciate receiving your gifts :> thank you ! pscathy

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    By the way, when working with hot glue, be sure to be very very careful. :)

     

     

    Snowmom, I'm with you on the hot glue fun. Ouch!!

    I have received all the ornaments in your photos here. Thanks and kudos to snowmom, MomM and snapshotmiki. What fun it is to get these creative gifts from you.

    I sent mine today. Whew!~ Now I just sit back and wait for more fun. Thank you guys. Cathy

  8. Thank you, Violet. I went through quite a few changes emotionally, but was determined to succeed, and at 8pm I just turned the canner off. Whew, finally got it to 15PSI, hooray. You are right, I did not let it get to the correct pressure. When I relied on the gauge, I let it keep going, and when it hit 15, the weight jiggled! That was great :>) So I defy any botulism to be living in that soup with all the cooking it's had today :>)

     

    Thank you so much for being here, Violet and all of you lovely folks. Your knowledge and expertise and experience are lifesavers.

  9. I have the American 925. I live in the high desert, about 2500 ft so did the 15lb

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    My dial never even said 10 lb, much less 15. I am hoping that the "worst that can happen" is I have to re-process. Is that right?

     

    My booklet says: " If your recipe calls for cooking at 15 lb set Pressure Regulator Weight over Vent Pipe at the No. 15 hole. After this is done, listen for the PRWt. to signal when correct pressure has been obtained. This signal will be escaping steam. When the correct pressure has been reached, the PRWt. will juggle and sputter. Possibly a few drops of water will trickle from the PRWt. You now begin counting the processing/cooking time from this moment. Reduce the heat so that the PRWt. will juggle only about one to four times a minute. Do not permit constant juggling, for this will cause excessive loss of moisture. The occasional jiggle and the hissing sound indicate that you are maintaining the correct pressure. If the steam escapes in a steady stream after you've reduced the heat, nudge the control to set pressure regulator weight properly. "

     

    My apologies for duplicate posts. My computer has kicked me off 3 times while I was making a "reply" and somehow it has duplicated.

     

    PS The end of the story. I'm pretty sure that I blew it by not waiting until the steam gauge read 15lbs, even though the directions said the weighted gauge would be what told me when the proper pressure was reached. I turned it off after the timer went off, and will do it all over again later .

  10. :huh::lol::D:rolleyes:;):hug3:

     

     

    I was so very nervous about the first time I did it, I wouldn't let my dh leave the kitchen!

     

    The next time you do a canning project, choose something like raw pack chicken breast. So simple it's unbelievable (and yummy too).

     

    Keep on venting! Just like that Pressure pot, it might keep you from exploding.!

     

     

    thanks Stephanie. I'm calming down. I guess I can do it all over again if I am not sure I did it right the first time. Uh, the soup could be overcooked I guess. It's only food, after all. I know me, and I wont eat it if I have any doubts.

  11. :huh::lol::D:rolleyes:;):hug3:

     

     

    I was so very nervous about the first time I did it, I wouldn't let my dh leave the kitchen!

     

    The next time you do a canning project, choose something like raw pack chicken breast. So simple it's unbelievable (and yummy too).

     

    Keep on venting! Just like that Pressure pot, it might keep you from exploding.!

     

     

    thanks Stephanie. I'm calming down. I guess I can do it all over again if I am not sure I did it right the first time. Uh, the soup could be overcooked I guess. It's only food, after all. I know me, and I wont eat it if I have any doubts.

  12. What brand of canner ? I need more info.

    Do you need 15 lb. weight for your elevation ? If you are using a weighted gauge canner then yes, it does jiggle the whole time.

    If you have the Presto dial gauge, then the thing that comes with it is not a weight and not meant to regulate pressure. That is only a counterweight, it only holds pressure in. You would regulate the pressue with your stove.

    The dial has to be tested before use if you are relying on it. Even a new gauge can be off by as much 4 lb.

    I have the American 925. I live in the high desert, about 2500 ft so did the 15lb

     

     

    My dial never even said 10 lb, much less 15. I am hoping that the "worst that can happen" is I have to re-process. Is that right?

     

  13. What brand of canner ? I need more info.

    Do you need 15 lb. weight for your elevation ? If you are using a weighted gauge canner then yes, it does jiggle the whole time.

    If you have the Presto dial gauge, then the thing that comes with it is not a weight and not meant to regulate pressure. That is only a counterweight, it only holds pressure in. You would regulate the pressue with your stove.

    The dial has to be tested before use if you are relying on it. Even a new gauge can be off by as much 4 lb.

    I have the American 925. I live in the high desert, about 2500 ft so did the 15lb

  14. Sounds as though it will be fine ! You really did not need to use new lids after removing air bubbles, though. You just needed to wash them off and reheat them. If they have not been sealed you can still use them.

    Don't be afraid to eat the soup, now ! Since you processed them properly you have not a thing to fear. It will taste wonderful. Sometimes it seems odd to people to see the food in the jars. Not like the cans from the store. I think homecanned foods are lovely !!

     

    Violet, I am still freaking since the directions said the gauge would hiss and sputter and wobble when the pressure was right. It started sputtering, never has wobbled, so I turned it down and set the timer. The dial says around 7 lb, but the booklet said that's not accurate so not to worry. My fire is very low, and it still is hissing. HEllllp. Is that okay?

  15. YOU GO GIRL!!! LOVE your spirit of adventure, your courage!!! :bounce:

     

    Let us know how it all turns out!!! :feedme:

    HMMM, the god news will be if we don't drop dead from botulism, so I guess you get to wait for that! I'm not stressed and grouchy, naw girlfriend. Hey Ruth, did I thank you lately for getting me interested in this here prepping???????? :http://mrssurvival.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/ohmy.gifo

  16. I feel like I just got drug behind a car! I started yesterday making Darlene's chicken soup. I love the pictures and step-by-step directions. I put all the ingredients in the frig and this am skimmed the fat from the broth, heated it up, and read my instruction booklet (from the American 925) and 2 online gov't booklets on pressure canning. I read some of it to DH who started saying this all sounds kinda dangerous...... gulp. I feel like I have a bomb in the kitchen, and I don't know if I did something that will detonate it!

     

    I filled 14 pint jars per Darlene's pics, and put lids and bands on them and put them in the canner. Gulp...PANIC... reviewing Darlene's instructions, realized I forgot to release air bubbles with spatula!!! Well, I decided I HAD to do it over, and so undid all jars, released air bubbles (didn't see any, but who knows?) put on new lids and back in the canner. I have the jars in there, the fire turned up, and am waiting for something scary to happen. I will be SO grateful if this ever feels routine to me. right now I could use a stiff drink (if I drank) or a cigarette (if I smoked!!! ) As it is, I am venting here so maybe I can calm down. I am struck after reading and re-reading all that stuff about botulism, that even if the canner doesn't explode in there, I still don't know if my food will be safe! Hmm. Well, I am doing it BY THE BOOK, so I guess it will be fine. I bought this canner a few months ago, and finally got my nerve up to go ahead. I'm telling you, it sure would be easier with somebody experienced standing beside me! The pictures are a big help, but if anyone is inspired to make a video for us first-timers, it would be a God-send!

    I had my husband filling jars with veg and chicken and was fretting that he might be putting in too much or too little. I don't know what is important... Just bit his head off over something he said about the laundry!

     

    I'm now going to wait for steam to come out the vent, let it vent for 10 minutes, then put the 15 lb wt on, and wait for the gauge to say 15 lb PSI, and at that point I will adjust the fire to keep it at that PSI setting. supposedly the weight will do that for me and I won't have to watch it for the entire time. I will set a timer for 70 minutes after the pressure setting is 15. Did I forget anythibg??? I'll go read some more.....

     

    What an experience! Are we having fun yet?? You guys sound so blase when you report the scads of food you canned over a weekend. Someday I will be there, right :>) ?? Cathy

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    I'm feeling pretty jazzed! I picked green apples from our tree, and canned 21 pints ! whoo hoo!

    I also just made beef jerky and it's really good. Sigh. Really a nice feeling of accomplishment.

     

    umm, I confess I haven't used my big, new American pressure canner. I never used one and it's BIG and empty and I'm not sure what to start with. I looked at the post of Darlene making chicken soup and thought I could do that, and we would eat it...... :>)

     

    also, I think I'd like to can some chili... anyone have any good, easy recipes? I'm not much of a cook.

     

    Thanks for all the encouragement, you good people! Cathy

  18. Ok..So, Hmmm.

    This is kind of awkward...

     

    I need your prayers for Hubby, but... I can't really explain what I need you to pray for. He's forbidden me to tell anyone (including family) what's going on. Let's just say it ain't at all good and he needs the Lords hand on him right now. So if you could, will you please ask God to watch over my guy?

    Thanks Much!

     

    :pray:

  19. Anyway, tomorrow my son will be leaving home to head into Therapeutic Foster Care, ...

    Anyway, I would appreciate any prayers you would offer. I hate the fact that I am sending my baby away. Just because it is something that can help him doesn't make it any easier. him. He has a tendency to get violent with his brother and me and that would be nice not to have to deal with for a while since I start school in just a few more days, yup, mom is going back to college. Getting my degree in Paralegal Studies. Hope to be a Child Advocate someday.

    Dear chefddr, you and your sons have my prayers. Sounds like you have had your hands full for awhile. It's great that you are going back to school, looking forward to a great career :>).

    Cathy

     

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  20. pscathy,

    That is a great dehydrator ! It may take some time to get the timing down right.

    I do agree about the food from the stores. They really are not the same products at all as what we do at home.

    Okay, I will just keep doing it and gain in experience and hopefully confidence. I'm with you, the fewer additives, the better.

     

    Per the dehydrator I have, they say I can add up to some ridiculous "leaning tower " number of trays (I think they say 30). I want to get some additional trays. What do you think is a practical number to stack?

     

    Cathy

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