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  1. Thanks Ambergris - one of my sons loves instant breakfast. Think I'll whip up a batch to try.
  2. Thanks for the heads up! I'm off to see what my cans say.
  3. They do have lovely patterns. Have made a number of them and I'm working on a keyhole scarf from them right now for a Christmas present.
  4. Originally Posted By: Tracie is pancakes a bad dinner? that's what I want. Sounds good to me! My family loves to do them for dinner. Waffles and breakfast burritos are also big hits and nice and quick!
  5. Originally Posted By: Crazy4Canning Hey BB, A few questions, 1. Where did you get the recipe for your chili? 2. Did you strongly vent the canner for 10 minutes BEFORE bringing it up to pressure? 3. You were using propane - did you have a shield or something around the stove to keep drafts away? 4. Had you done any pressure tests with your canner before? Had it held at 11 lbs (or whatever pressure) you needed? Don't mean to pick on you, dear, quite the contrary. These questions might help us with solving your problem. Keep your chin up, you'll get through this! I don't feel picked on - just frustrated. To answer the questions. My recipe is from the ball blue book, I have successfully canned it a number of times. Yes - I did vent the canner properly for 10 minutes before putting the weighted gauge on top. I do not have a shield or the like around the stove. It is tucked into a semi-protected area, but it is the same place I have done all my pressure canning. Can't move it indoors, my glass top stove does not support canning. Yes, I have pressure tested the canner. It will usually hold the 15 lbs I need without a problem. Based on everyones ideas, I am going to say my trouble was the weather and that I was canning outside. Too windy and the stove could not keep up with the steady heat I needed. I do appreciate all the advise and ideas. Thanks guys
  6. Thanks for the ideas guys. I have an All American canner so the gasket is not the issue. Since I was canning outside and it was a coolish rainyish day, the pressure would not hold at 15lbs unless the heat was all the way up. I will check the pressure valve though and make sure that was clean - thanks for the ideas.
  7. Mommyofseven - I look forward to your menus. Always pull a few ideas out for my own monthly menu. Try to hit the commissary just once a month since ours is crazy! Had to do my July shopping without your helpful ideas this month - hope you aren't thinking of not posting!
  8. I am getting so frustrated. A week or so ago, I needed to re-do a batch of seasoned hamburger because my propane stove ran out of propane with only a few minutes to go. Today, I moved on to chili. Canned 7 pints, no problem although only 3 of them have sealed. Had the second batch in canning and all seemed to be going well until 60 minutes in and then the pressure just dropped. Heat had not been adjusted, still had a flame and plenty of propane. Tried to get it back up, but the burner was already as high as it would go. Now I have 11 pints of chili to either re-do or freeze. Don't understand what is going on. I have been canning for a few years. Have canned many many jars of chili before as well as chicken, soups and pork. I really hate putting in all this time and effort with nothing to show for it. Packing away the canner for the time being and will work on getting the tomatoes I want canned up instead.
  9. Mt_Rider - Congratulations! Bet those jars are looking pretty. I live in the Springs at 6400ft, my Ball Blue Book says that for boiling water bath, you add the extra time, but for pressure canning you just increase the pressure, not the time. I process hamburger at 15lbs of pressure for 75 min in pints, 90 min in quarts. HTH
  10. I have 7 jars of seasoned ground beef in the canner. With 12 minutes left to go, my propane powered outdoor stove runs out of propane! Guess I know what I'll be doing tomorrow after I get the tank filled
  11. Yikes! I'd be interested in knowing not only the outcome, but how the passengers are handling being quarantined. Are they being given info (doubtful) or are the passengers on the train cars not yet affected being kept in the dark?
  12. I feel like I read here a while ago that you can freeze cooking oil. Is that correct? I can't seem to find the thread about it. Will any kind of cooking oil freeze okay? Do I need to pour a bit out of the containers before I freeze? Thanks!
  13. If you are looking for games - we own a lot of the games from this company located in Canada http://www.familypastimes.com/ They are cooperative board games and my kids loved them when they were small. Highly recommend - some favorites of ours for the younger kids were: Secret Door, Harvest Time, Round Up and the Christmas Game.
  14. Originally Posted By: nmchick I hate to admit it in this company, but I ordered the Ball Blue Book and have been reading about canning. Now I have to solve the glass top stove/canner problem and buy a canner. I have this one http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=pr...&lpage=none Works great, doesn't heat up my kitchen in the summer and has no problem handling my pressure canner. I have had it for two years now and it's still going great.
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