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7/17/08 9:17 A

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My Mom always canned a lot of beef and pork. I've done the beef. It's really yummy and good for a quick meal

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3/20/08 2:22 P

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We don't have a farm, but we do have a few achres. We have a horse (used to have 4), but don't keep it here, because we don't have a barn. My husband keeps talking about getting chickens and/or goats, but we never have yet-again, housing. We need to focus on fixing up our house right now, though. We are stalled in the middle of a huge remodleing project, so probably won't be building a barn right now.

I've never canned meat (except the "helping" I did as a child), but we freeze game. Usually, we get a lot of deer, and often other things (like fish, goose and pheasant) just given to us. My husband and oldest son hunt, be haven't gotten anything themselves (they don't hunt a lot, just a couple times). But we are willing recipients!

I have a couple more questions, but I think I will message you privately for them. Have a great day, and a wonderful Ressurection Weekend!
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3/20/08 11:14 A

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In general I have to can most everything. My husband goes hunting every year and the Lord has really provided! Our freezer is packed full of wild game, mainly venison and turkey. I used to not like the taste of venison, but I have gotten used to it. So much that I don't really care for beef anymore.
My hubby grew up in the Topeka Indiana area, around Shipshewana, Goshen, Honeyville. I absolutely love it when we go out to visit, it is so pretty and green there. I can't help but love the way the children play so wonderfully together. I never have to worry at family reunion's when my two year old gets hauled off by one of his cousins, or most likely all of them come and get him :) i really admire their way of life and can't help but wonder what it would have been like to grow up that way.
Our Amish cousin's can chicken's every year, she said it is a lot of work and a very smelly job too, boiling them to soften the quills for pulling. Said that is a smell you'll never forget!
I would love to live on a big farm. My husbands dream is to get back to farming. Are you on a farm or just have a big yard like I do, for your garden?

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3/19/08 2:37 P

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Wow, that's great!!! A very noble goal indeed! It's a gradual process, isn't it? I also grew up in Amish Country. What state is that setlement from? Mine was North-Western PA. I went to school with some "ex-Amish", my Dad worked for many years with a lot of Amish. He worked at a cheese factory, in the dairy farming area. I still remember the Amish wagons coming in with milk cans loaded up. And smaller "English" farm farmers with pick-up trucks. Now they can't do that.

We canned chicken one year. My Mom got a mess of chicks from a promotion the feed store was doing, buy a bag of chick starter, and they'd give you 50 chicks, I think it was. Maybe it was 25. Idk, anyway, we bought a couple bags, and raised those chicks free-range, with a little started to scratch, and switched to cracked corn when they ate that. I know the starter had "bad" stuff in it, but they were pretty good eating, all in all. We raised goats, too, so the chickens cleaned up after them, and saved a lot of waste. In the fall, we had the Amish butcher them for like $1 each or something. They were very efficeient. That's the only time I ever did meat. I like freezing, and only can what is practical for canning. Do you freeze, too? Or are you just going to can?

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3/18/08 3:21 P

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Well, my husband grew up Amish, and they can EVERYTHING. I would like to have something in common with his family, something I can talk about with the "women folk" since the men go off together, normally to the living room - while the ladies clean up, or out to the barn to show off their livestock or the new silo. I seem kinda stuck in that area, even though I did try to BECOME Amish when I was younger, I never learned the necessary housewife stuff.
I would eventually like to put up all of my own vegetables, pizza sauce, tomato soup, pumpkin etc. and also my own canned fruits.
We had our first summer in our new house, and of course I was pregnant and didn't do much in the garden as it was way too hot and I was miserable. But I planted my first garden and then the weeds took over. My tomatoes got blight (is that how it is spelled?) I got 1 cantaloupe it was very tasty, I think I got like 12 - 24 jalapeņos, but the cucumbers, well, I didn't know how many to plant, or that they grew on vines, so I had like 50 - 60 plants!!! I had 12 zucchini plants, and both took off, didn't care that the weeds were hip high!!! LOL... needless to say, I was practically paying people to take the produce off my hands and only got around to canning the 4 quarts.
They turned out really really tasty. That in it's self has inspired me to can some other things. Now that the baby is here and I am a stay at home mom, I want to try it again, only w/o as many zucchini and cucumber's! LOL.
An Amish cousin of my husband's is going to come out and help me plan out my vegetable garden and put it in. So, hopefully this year (Lord willing) we will be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor, like the Proverb's 31 woman.
I also believe that in order for me to really take care of my family, I need to grow the garden and can the food to cut out a lot of the junk they put in now-a-days.
That's it in a nut shell.
I understand, from your page, that you home school as well? I think that is wonderful! That is what I might be doing in a couple years if our church doesn't start up the christian school soon. People have NO idea how busy stay at home mom's can be. We really do work. I know some of them might sit on their rump all day, but there are some of us out there that WORK!
You have a beautiful family! God has richly blessed you and your husband.


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3/18/08 11:26 A

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Welcome, Liabee! The forum has been a little slow, lately, but it's sure to pick up here in a bit. What other things do you hape to can? What are you hoping to carry through with? I know pasta sauce is often a classic (or at least tomatoes) for that. Hope you enjoy the team!

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3/13/08 11:55 A

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Just a short line to introduce myself. I had canned some bread and butter pickles last year, a whole 4 quarts! ha! One of my goals is to produce enough and can enough to carry my family through the winter! Greetings and God Bless!


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