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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THIS WEEK TO PREPARE? PART 30


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Simplegirl,

 

I do a happy dance and rejoice with you on your blessing!

 

dancing :banana2: woohoo

 

If you already know this, forgive me, but sometimes a word of caution is better than being unsafe -

 

Be sure to check for the 'one trip' jars like mayo or the 'unbranded' pints. These aren't safe for canning because of the thin glass. They also don't have a thick 'lip' at the bottom of the screw bands like Ball & Kerr and the like. I've had these thinner jars pop on me while canning! What a mess!

 

Out of the 30 DOZEN jars I got from my gramma, about 1/3 are these one-trip-jars like mayo or other jars. Some I can use for dry storage, others are being sent to the recyclers. Also, beware those antique jars that are blue or really thick wavy glass - the glass can be so brittle! Since they're so old, they may very well be unsafe. I use them for decoration in my kitchen, not for canning.

 

Any jar marked Ball or Kerr or another major brand - either pint or quart should be relatively safe! I'm still double-checking mine for nicks after I got a lovely cut on my knuckle from an antique jar. Be sure to check the rims of the jar for nicks and imperfections. This can prevent a good seal.

 

Also, I've found that since I had to rescue my jars from a side shed and old chicken house, they had been stored for probably 15 years. Some mice had made themselves at home amongst the jars. Mice are vermin - ick! They carry so many germies! So, rather than just putting the jars in the dishwasher, I've been soaking them in bleach and soap, then giving them a good scrub prior to the dishwasher.

 

Congrats again on your find! flowersmilie

 

bighug

 

 

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Well, I stumbled upon a deal...I think!

 

I was at WalMart...which had lots of mark downs, price rollbacks, etc...and happened upon this display of juices, it said regular 1.98 for .50..

 

I'd never heard of this particular one, but , I still got 6

 

Have y'all heard of these ??

 

http://www.appleandeve.com/our_juices/frui...trawberry-Mango

 

Now I'm thinking I should go back and get more....hmmmmm

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have not posted here in a while, but have been steadily adding more to the preps.

 

More:

pasta

tuna and canned chicken

canned veggies

juices

jugs of olive oil

more rice and sugar

picked up more buckets

TP

sleeping bags for all

lantern & fuel

5 gallon gasoline jug (will fill it tomorrow)

2 more flashlights

batteries

bought another big box o' paper so I can continue printing homeschooling and prepping info out

binders for said papers

books for my children & a couple of games (planning ahead)

some odds and ends clothes items for them to grow into

 

DH is agreeable to a camping stove, but is not convinced we need a tent. I feel adamant about us needing a tent. So I'm working on him :cocktail:

 

rofl he doesn't drink, but boy, wouldn't that be easy wink

 

working on it, working on it...

 

 

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got more buckets and filled with bulk dry goods (20 5 gallon buckets full so far!), started a container garden for fruits and veggies, thawed out the freezer and removed all the junk so we could store some dry goods in it. next week we have to add to our garden and clear off another shelf to make our little computer nook into our new food storage nook so we'll be moving around. we've also been cooking from scratch and downloading pioneer recipes so we can put all this cornmeal, rice and beans to good use!

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Some one said that you can't use mayonaisse jar it depends on the type of jar. I have used them before and had good luck. but it is best to always check any jar for broken tops or cracks, don't want anyone to get hurt. crazycanner

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I canned 6 qts of spaghetti sauce and 5 sealed, no idea what happened to the 6th, but it's now in the refrig. and will be eaten soon. We finally received some rain today, and our front rainbarrel is 1/2 full and the back one is 1/8 full (DH is going to plug the other side of house's gutter, so all the rain will drain toward the side with the rainbarrel. I am so excited with my rainbarrels!

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Crazy4Canning~ Luckily, they are mostly Ball jars with a few Kerr and Golden Harvest. So a real great deal! AND my sister even washed them up for me! Some had old food in them apparently and she took them home, dumped the jars, and washed them. Bless her heart....... gotta love her!

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Think I have canning last of the snap beans yesterday (7 quarts), got 90 quarts out of them and several meals for folks around, plus my Sis canned herself 21 quarts from them. I have 3 quarts in the refrigerator I will cook for Mom, Sis, daughter and my family tomorrow with some fresh potatoes. YumYum. The beans didn't do as good as in the past, but I was only short 14 jars(104 was my goal). Planted the 2 rows of peanuts day b/f yesterday, and transplanted 50 okra plants after church this evening. They were kind of late in the ground. So I hope they do good. Have to get up and put a few jars of tomatoes in pints tomorrow and make the blackberry and blueberry jellies. Hope everyone will haveniceday tomorrow. wave

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I dehydrated some peas last week. I ended up over doing them and scorched quite a few. Most of them actually. So this week I'm dehydrating peas again. It's okay though. It was my first time so I chalked it up to experience. Or lack there of.

 

I have some canned veggies but want to add some dried ones for long term storage. I'm trying to diversify my 'stock' portfolio!

 

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18 pints of green beans coming out the canner,12 more going in.

 

Trying to make myself order a Berkey and some other stuff. Seems like I have to work up to it sometimes.

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Originally Posted By: Simplegirl
Crazy4Canning~ Luckily, they are mostly Ball jars with a few Kerr and Golden Harvest. So a real great deal! AND my sister even washed them up for me! Some had old food in them apparently and she took them home, dumped the jars, and washed them. Bless her heart....... gotta love her!


Aren't you the blessed one! What a chore she saved you! I've been tripping over jars and running through dishwasher detergent like nobody's business. I ave come across some VERY cool antique jars though - the oldest is dated 1908. smile I can't believe I have a 100 year old jar. flowersmilie

I am going to save those thinner jars like mayo for some dry storage...there are just too many of them to pass up. smile
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Mom, Sis and Me went shoppingcart today. I bought 12 lbs more rice, a couple lbs of dried beans, several jugs and bottles of water, a couple more large jars of peanut butter(to put up for all those jars of jellies I am making), 2 boxes of grits, 1 large container of oatmeal, 6 boxes of poptarts(mostly for son during the summer along with some cereal for him). Then came home and picked my first time out of my butter bean patch. Just got done shelling them and washing. Will be putting them up tomorrow along with more blackberry and blueberry jelly. Picked another gallon of cherry tomatoes, probably make some juice with those. Time to get to bed and pick up a read and read a few minutes before I get to sleepy some. wave

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went shoppingcart and bought a vacuum sealer. Had bought three 3 lb bags of almonds, so I separated those out in 1 lb increments and vacuum sealed them, bought more 50 lbs of rice and sugar, more canned goods, reinventoried everything. Oh, also bought some books for my homeschool, games for kiddos, and beautiful new bibles for everyone.

 

I feel like I still have so much to do (will buy more bags and rolls and start vacuum sealing my pastas), and I will be ordering my dehydrator this week (yay!), but I will say it is good seeing that big o' pile of foodstuffs already. I would love to move later this year, would LOVE a basement and to be away from people (thinking of elections, TSHTF, etc), but I'll just have to keep praying about it.

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Picked 12 pounds of strawberries...now off to wipe the juice off of my face and make some jam!

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Got 2 boxes of quart jars from Freecycle last night and they all had rings on them. Some were spaghetti sauce jars, but all said Kerr, Ball or Atlas on them. Last week DH and I went and got new glasses. Also found a bail type jar at a thrift store about 3 quart size that so far has 3 pounds of 16 bean soup mix, with room for at least one more pound. Went to library and got a book on blacksmithing for DS and videos on gardening, how to play the acoustic guitar, and learning American Sign Language. (Knowledge is Power). Picked the apricots off the tree got about 10 pounds, time will tell how many survived the picking lol. Will probably dehydrate most of them. And now have 75 pounds of rice in buckets, with another 25 left to put up - gotta find more buckets. AND the electrician mounted the boxes on the house and electric company will turn the power on (outside only - have to finish the rewiring inside) WOOOHOOO Getting closer.

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Finally found an umbrella clothesline in stock and ordered it. Should be here soon. I also picked up more canned goods. Things are getting so high. I about fell over when I saw how much maple syrup was. It was 4 something, now it is over 7. Yikes. Needless to say, I'll be making syrup from molasses instead. Also noticed that the dry milk went up over 2 bucks as well. I got it anyway. We have a lot of tangerines and lemons on our trees. Oh, and our pumpkins are up and growing now. We've never grown them before, so something new and exciting to look forward to. I love making fresh pumpkin bread and pie. YUMMY!!!

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shoppingcart Went shopping today at Sams and got 30 more rolls of TP, big bucket of laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, 24 cans dog food, one more package of spaghetti (can't have enough of that around here!), a pork tenderloin, and some other groceries. Friday I will do a big Aldi shopping trip after I help out at my Dsis' garage sale.
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Seriously -- I think finding and reading this forum has been the best thing I've done this week. I'm making a list of things we can buy when we get a certain check we're waiting for. We got rid of our guns when our son was born, but Hubby's given me permission to replace my Mossberg I've missed so much, so long as we buy a gun locker. Also on the list are a Berkey Light and possibly a Tilia Foodsaver (or a lot of mason jars).

 

I started prepping in the mid 1990's. But nothing ever happened. I got complacent, I stopped prepping and even gave my food storage away to the person who bought my off-the-grid cabin. I got married and was thinking "nah, it'll never happen."

 

Well shoot boy howdy, times have changed. Between the gas prices and the crop failures, I'm starting to think I need to have it all done by Christmas. But I think I can do it...

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