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  1. i am interested also but don't know how this works. What is a shoutbox??
  2. Yes, Thanks!!!! I have learned a lot about this part of canning in the last couple of weeks from different threads past and present here on Mrs. S. I learned canning as a small child with my mom and grandmother, but never updated my information about safe canning practices after leaving home. I am one of the people who have been doing very unsafe things.....for a long time. The worst thing I have done is the way I have disposed of food and jars with spoiled low-acid food in them.....just never knew. I now see that this is not a reason to continue, just to be thankful that nothing bad happ
  3. I am very familiar with that kind of crazy!!! I am happy to inform you that it requires no medications!!!!! (only more canning jars....and shelf space....and eventually a room all it's own ((not to mention a barn)). But hey, it's a not to missed experience when your room is full and you get to take a nap!!!! Sweeeeet sleep. My husband was stunned to see me buy NEW jars last week. I don't believe that has ever happened before and I'm not done..... It is always so refreshing to know that others share the obsession... um... hobby.... um .....past-time???? Values. Good old-fashion
  4. Yeah Bluebird!!!! Double value. More healthy and additional money for preps. Way to go!!
  5. After a very busy weekend, I now have 3 bushels of beans, 1 bushel of tiny cukes, 50# of tomatoes, 4 bushels of pears, 3 bushels of peaches and 3 bushels of beets to can. Not to mention the 120 tomato plants that still need picked...or the animals I still have to butcher.....I am tired to the point I unintentionally have developed my own mantra....Thank you God. I'll be so glad I did this.....Thank you, God. I'll be so glad I did this......Thank you God. I'll be so glad I did this..... I did get all the onions finally braided and that cleared out a stall in the barn so that was a good th
  6. The one of the biggest preps happening for me in the last few weeks has been an informational/mental one. I discovered, thanks to the lovely people at Mrs. S, that I have been doing some things that are actually horribly unsafe with regard to canning. I never even knew how bad this was (especially the part about how careful one must be with regard to disposing of low-acid food gone bad) . Thank God I didn't kill anybody, because it most likely would have been myself. I also am looking into some of the "food storage alternatives", most of which I practice, but also some I had never even h
  7. I really appreciate this thread. There is a lot of hard work and sacrifice that goes into becoming self-sufficient. We have made a lot of counter cultural choices along the way. Last Winter we did something that we didn't talk too much about because not a whole lot of people we know do these kind of things. We let our long driveway snow shut so that we didn't have to worry about anyone showing up with an opinion. We basically lived in one room of our house all Winter, until warm-up in the Spring. Doing this allowed us to get by in our very cold climate with a moderate amount of w
  8. Well, it is 3 o'clock in the morning and I still have one pressure cooker full of green beans left to cook. I have done tomatoes and beans today (yesterday) and will be starting pickles after church. When I get those done I will start in on salsa... I hope to be done canning/freezing and dehydrating fruit/veggies within three weeks. Then I'm going to have to start butchering animals and canning meat and broth. I am going to have to buy more jars. My fingers are itching to pick up my knitting needles. I'm also getting the "lets burn the woodstove feeling" that always comes in the Fall.
  9. I make ricotta before doing anything else. Whey also makes a pretty good lemonade substitute when mixed with lemon juice and a little sweetener. Then I feed it to my various critters.
  10. I just am trying this to see if I did it right. This was very fun, Cat. I was wondering about this avatar business. I love the one I chose.
  11. That is a good point, Cowgirl. It is true you can't expect the neighbor to help rebuild the fence when you arrive, but here where we live it IS expected that if the neighbor asks YOU (as the newbie to the area), you had better be ready to pony up for the fence! It is also just Good-Old-Boy enough around here that you don't want to fail in this area of "neighborliness". It is sort of a test, which we found out by our own experience. The fence we shared couldn't keep either of our sets of animals in or out!!! I guess the real issue is just to know what the established expectations are rega
  12. Okay, so I just read Darlene's pinned forum at the top and got the picture. I did have a conference call last night with my mom and very elderly grandmother and got to ask a bunch of questions so that was really good for me. I was wrong about some things. I have a couple of questions, but I will post them in the Edge. A lot of times Amish stores have the half gallon jars, both wide and small mouth. Thanks for the info everyone.
  13. Well...I'm glad I read this thread again. I did not know they were only recommended for fruit juices. My grandmother did kind of live on the edge and she taught me... I haven't used them for anything but apple cider for a long, long time. Thanks for the correction. I would hate to pass on bad info.
  14. If for some reason your potential property has farm-style gas tanks, make sure you know what the state/county laws are governing clean-up. Sometimes you can get stuck with a large clean-up bill in order to get financing or finalize if it is not part of the sale agreement for the SELLER to pay for this. The same is true for anyplace on the land that was ever used as a "dump". If you are going to have animals, walk every fence and know exactly what you are getting because fencing is expensive. Hog fencing won't keep in cows or horses very long. When we bought our place the fencing would
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