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Nancy- Have a wonderful anniversary and yummy treat.

Sharon- I don't know about the food saver and jam, may be too messy with the liquid. What size are your jars? I use pints, while there are more of them, they can be put here and there where I have some extra space. Did you check out the sure jell recipe? It stores in the freezer for one year.

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Nice savings Nancy, and they sound yummy!

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Just finished making chocolate covered strawberries. Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary so they are a treat for that. The bakery is charging $9.99 for 10 of them. I made twice that many for less than 4 bucks.

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Hi all, finally a few minutes to check in.

Been busy doing big batch cooking for the freezer, for my dad and for quick meals for hubby during my recoop time after surgery.

I have veggie beef soup and chilli in the freezer now. I made ham and egg muffins, sausage egg muffins.
Plus made a big ham, augratin taters and green beans for dinner, making tv type dinners from that for dad too.
In the oven right now is Oven "fried" apple pies, made from grands biscuits and my home canned apple pie filling.
Tomorrows endevors are:
Sausage egg biscuits, ham egg biscuits, bacon egg biscuits and muffins.
I wrap them in foil and then put in freezer bags, they can pop them in the nuker for a minute or so and there is breakfast.
Plus using my new steam juicer to make chicken stock and canning it and the chicken.

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Lisa - So, I'm looking at freezer jam but I don't really have room for jars in my freezer. Do you think the food saver will work? Or will it not set? All the recipes I can find recommend glass or plastic containers...

I though of another use for the strawberries... fruit leather... Had to clean the dehydrator though... haven't used it in a while...

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Sharon- I freeze all of our jam. I use the sure gel method, which uses pectin, turns out wonderful, all you have to do is follow the directions, simple, simple. I make all kinds. With the all of the fruit, I mash them a little with a potato masher, so it still contains semi-whole fruit. I have a recipe I got off recipezaar (web site)for strawberry syrup, great for pancakes, milk and ice cream. My kids love it!!!

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Yes it would. The difference between blueberries and strawberries is that blueberries have a smooth thin skin which keeps the water from penetrating. Strawberries do not. So even if you dry them water has still soaked into them when you rinse them. For the same reason I leave the tops on. That way no condensation seeps in from the tops. I use a small handheld vacuum sealer (made by Renold's Wrap). Unless they strawberries were already over ripe when you bought them, it doesn't smoosh them.

I've never tried freezing jelly, but from a chemical point of view, I think freezing might break down the pectin (especially if it is low sugar) and it might end up pretty runny when you thaw it. So if you are wanting syrup, if you make jelly and then freeze it, it would probably thaw with a syrupy texture.

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I flash freeze by laying them out evenly on a sheet pan, then after frozen, I put them in baggies or containers.

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So Lisa, how do you clean them? I freeze blueberries when they are on sale by rinsing them in cool water, picking them over, drying them and then freezing them in ziplocks. I use ziplocks because it doesn't squish them together and they freeze individually that way. Would that clean strawberries enough or do I need to core them?

NancyJac - would that method, like the blueberries, still make them mushy? Do you freeze them with the tops and everything? My foodsaver tends to crush tender foods unless I use the fast seal option.

Could I make a low sugar whole berry syrup and freeze that rather than do the whole "jelly thing"?

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Canning strawberries is fine if you are making jams and jellies but they tend to get rather mushy otherwise. So if you want to keep them as strawberries, I would just put in in baggies and freeze them. They will stay firmer if you don't clean them and use vacuumed sealed bags.

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You could clean them and freeze them, for later use or snacking. I have found that frozen berries are great for Strawberry Shortcake. Or you could do freezer jam. I wrote you a nice long letter the other night and poof it disappeared. Haven't had a chance to write again, but I'll try tonight.

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Strawberries on sale for 75 cents a pound! I need advice on how best to preserve them as they are storebought and probably not as sweet as...?

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Liz- So glad that it turned out well for you. When I was younger, we heated with wood. We had a free standing kerosene heater that did not require venting. Maybe you could check into that. We also have a ventless heater at the cabin, that uses propane. Just as some suggestions. The one at the cabin is a wall unit, but I know they make none wall units. The guys use it in the late fall early winter for hunt camp and it keeps it toasty warm. Take care and hope you keep power during this next storm.

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Liz, if you buy kerosene would you post about it. I was just looking online today to teach myself but friend called at same time and I only read about 5 mins worth which is not enough. I found out there is radiant and convection, and that kerosene is a very safe fuel to store (when stored properly). I know gasoline is extremely unsafe to store; it's like a bomb.

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LIZ - Roughing it in your own home... no thanks! Glad you survived... Will it be one of those stories in a few years..."Remember that storm of '09"?

Carol_ - I hadn't seen that banner in the link Liz posted. Thanks for pointing it out. Looks like just the thing for me!!!

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No damage. My freezers are out in the garage, packed full so no loss there thank god. I also used the garage as a walkin fridge and took everything from refridgerator out there. Our house is new so all the pipes in in the basement. None outside.
We have a small generator. It is used for the sump pump, we hooked up the tv, the lamp and a small heater to it. I blocked off one room and we basically lived in it. Going down the hall to the bathroom was kinda like going to the outhouse though,,lol
The heater did not keep the room comfortably warm, but it kept some of the chill off, however we didn't feel that way untill we came back from the "outhouse"
then you could tell the difference in temps.
We are going in search of another heat source as we expecting another storm on Monday.
Oh, my canning came in handy, I hooked an electric burner up to the generator and was able to warm things from my pantry for dinner and such as my stove is electric too.

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Wow, once you have thawed out, did you have any damage due to being without electricity and heat? Did your pipes freeze and burst? At least anything you had frozen stayed cold.

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Glad you're back and still safe & sound!

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That is a highly reccommended class.
Sorry, I have been mia for the past 3 days, we had a huge ice storm and I have been w/o electricity and heat. I am just now thawing out,,,lol

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Mrs Gwynn did you see this in Jarhead's link below?

"Announcing a free, self-paced, online course for those wanting to learn more about home canning and preservation.

Introduction to Food Preservation
General Canning
Canning Acid Foods
Canning Low-Acid Foods "

I haven't done it yet but if it's still offered, I'm going to take the free online course.

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You might want to get the book Putting Food By. It has a great explanation of why EVERYTHING OTHER THAN ACIDIC FRUITS AND PICKLED VEGETABLES (I.E. PACKED IN VINEGAR AND SALT)MUST BE CANNED IN A PRESSURE CANNER. Pressure canning is the ONLY process that is able to destroy certain bacterial spores such as botulism. They live through water bath processing even if you boil it all day.

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Sharon- I just follow the times on according to ball. I do prefer my pressure canner. With you in Colorado, you need to adjust times for altitude. you can use a hot water bath for veggies, but time is a lot longer. If memory serves me right, it's 120 min compared to 20 or 30 in the pressure canner. I may be off, so you may want to check the book, but the pressure canner you don't have to process as long. I do all of my fruit in the hot water bath too, and tomatoes and salsa. Spaghetti sauce goes through the pressure canner.

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Absolutely. Just because the food is cooked doesn't necessarily kill bacteria and it definitely doesn't prevent it from recontaminating the food once it is cooked. There is a huge difference between cooked food that is eaten immediately and cooked food that sits in a jar for months and has all that time to let bacteria multiply.

You don't need to know the degree of alkalinity. If it is alkaline at all, it needs to be pressure canned. About the only thing you can safely can using the water bath method are fruits and some types of tomatoes (which are actually fruits). Anything else including all vegetables and meats are not acidic.

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NANCYJAC - But if the food is pre-cooked, then you still need a pressure canner? And how do you know the alkalinity of a "mixed" food like a soup or a stew? I'm thoroughly confused.
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JARHEADSBABY - Thanks for the great link. Very useful!

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You need a pressure canner for things like soups and stews. The water bath method does not work for for alkaline foods because you can't get it hot enough to kill harmful bacteria.

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www.uga.edu/nchfp/
This is the best link I know of

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Hi, I'm a newbie lurker. How does one can soups and stews, as I'd like to try that, please? I'm guessing you have a favorite instructional site, perhaps?

Here is an adaptation of Mimi Wilson's spaghetti sauce, I make it in the crockpot all the time, use what I need then freeze the rest in ziploc freezer bags, I add more veggies, and 93% ground beef (after browning it, of course):

Spaghetti Sauce - Homemade
Works well as the homemade sauce for spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti, French bread pizzas, chicken parmesan, veal scaloppini, or any recipe calling for spaghetti sauce.

2 tablespoons sugar
*2 cups water
12 ounces tomato paste
1 4 oz. can mushroom pieces
1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons oregano, dried
4 teaspoons basil, dried
4 tablespoons parsley, chopped
3 bay leaves
3 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes in puree

Instructions
1. Cook onions in a tablespoon of oil until translucent in large pot.

Stovetop instructions:
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce heat. Partly cover, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Crockpot instructions:
*OMIT water. Mix onions and remaining ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.

Makes 12 cups. Add browned Italian sausage, browned ground beef, or diced bell pepper as desired.

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Megan, catching up and just noted your question about canning pumpkin and don't really see that's been answered. I've never canned pumpkin and generally freeze mine.

Quick search yields this info on pressure canning pumpkin: canningusa.com/IfICanYouCan/PumpkinC
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Thanks for coming out of the lurking and active to the board! Let us know how you do. New to the group myself.

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Wow, great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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Some I just blanch and can. I use those for muffins, tarts, to put on cereal, etc. Some I go ahead and make into cranberry sauce. I make a lot of fruit compotes and cobblers and adding a handful of cranberries to those gives them nice color and taste. Same with salads. I save the "juice" they were canned in to use in making salad dressings and marinades.

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NancyJac- How do you can cranberries and what do you do thiw them, do you drain them and use them for muffins and bread?
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Yes I also can a lot of soups, stews, and sauces in the winter. Also, after the holidays is a great time to get cranberries cheap so I usually can a years worth of cranberries after the holidays.

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Martha- I'm zone 5 also, and we planted 3 peach trees this year. I buy peaches from the Mennonite store every year and they get them from an Orchard outside Detroit. Check it out, you may be able to grow them.

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Graprfruit is wonderful for breakfast.
We are a family of 3 and go through a dozen a week.
Or make grapefruit juice. Just as good as orange juice.
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Does anybody know anything to do with Grapefruit? My DS sent us a case as a late holiday gift. We are a family of 3 and I know we won't use them up in time. Any ideas?

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Hi! I've been a lurker for a while and was just wondering as I read this about canning pumpkin. I was going to do this with the pumpkins I got this year (1 bought and 2 or 3 that were given to us that we weren't expecting) and was told that it wasn't safe? to can pumpkin because the heat doesn't penetrate it. I can buy canned pumpkin so that didn't make sense to me, but being new to canning I didn't want anything exploding the first time I used the pressure canner. Can someone tell me how to do this?

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Here's my recipe for Spaghetti Meat Sauce. I freeze it and have never canned it. It is a microwave recipe that I usually triple and cook on the stovetop. I have also made it without the ground beef.

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Spaghetti Meat Sauce

1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
16 ounce can crushed tomatoes
8 ounce can tomato sauce
6 oz. can tomato paste
1/4 c. water
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Crumble meat into a 3-quart casserold. Add onion and green pepper. cover with wxed paper. Micro at full power for 5-6 minutes, stirring twice. Pour off juices. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, water, spices and Worcestershire sauce. Cover. Micro at HIGH for 10 minutes or until boiling. Stir well. Micro at MED-LOW for 45 minutes or until desired consistency. Serves 4.

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Within the next couple of weeks I am going to can some spaggetti sauce out of the remaining tomatoes in my freezer. Does anyone have a great sauce reciepe? I didn't like the last batch I canned very well.

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Yes, I do that. I am part of Once a Month Cooking, too, and read the book, but could never really find the time to cook enough in one day to be for a month! Also, my freezer is full enough without putting in a month's worth of things that mostly could have been kept on the shelf (like rice and pasta and canned stuff). This AM, we are having waffles I froze extra last time I made tham. They do in the toaster just as nice as the store-bought kind, and are much better for you. Incidentally, my freezer has a ton of bannanas waiting to be made into bannana bread!

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I love to bake and found a group on another site that writes about Once a Month Cooking and Freezing. Most baked items freeze well and I need to use up some bananas. Does anyone like to make meals in advance and freeze them? I found ways to do this and bake later or bake and then freeze. Healthy muffins are great frozen before or after baking. Muffins can be defrosted in the microwave when you need them fast for breakfast.

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I believe I will give this a try this coming weekend.Thank-you.

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Here, try this:

Recipe for Squash butter

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Here you go, let me know if you like it!!!!

3 medium acorn or other winter squash (about 3 pounds)
1/2 cup thawed undiluted concentrated apple juice
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and stringy pulp. Place squash, cut sides down, in a pan. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Scoop out pulp to equal 3 cups. Place pulp in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Combine pureed squash, apple juice, and the remaining ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 45 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will keep up to about 2 months.

[Found at: http://www.city-data.com/forum/recipes/119
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I bet you could!

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Never heard of squash butter. Share a recipe if you find one. Heard of pumpkin butter its the rage down here right now.wonder if you could substitute for any type of winter squash?

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No, I've never heard of squash butter...we made some pepper spread, which my sister-in-law gave us the recipe, and it was supposed to be pepper butter, but we made the peppers more like relish-cut. That was really (really, really) good! Never heard of doing that with squash, but we use the farmer's market all the time for produce, and I don't think it's cheating. My neighbor used to can peaches from there every year, and they won't grow around here [zone 5].

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The cauliflower looks yummy! I'm thinking of cheating a little and hitting up the farmer's market to get squash. I've been lazy this season and have nothing in the ground for winter. :(! My daughter has the notion that she wants to make squash butter and put it up. Has anyone tried this? I was thinking we could do something along the lines of apple butter, but have no idea how it would taste. She's a vegetable junky so that's why she comes up with some of these wild recipe ideas!

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Hey, yeah-that's some pretty cauliflower alright! My husband says it looks like some of the stuff we had in our garden that rotted. Guess I don't always get to all the produce he plants...

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No, not right now, but I just put up pumpkin today

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Eastern Zone I put a pic of that cauliflower on my page check it out. We have been looking at the seed catalogs today wishing to see what we might like to try this coming planting season. Do you have anything growing right now? emoticon

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MMMmmm, YUMMMY! We had fabulous brussle sprouts one year that we picked Christmas morning and had for Christmas dinner-they were so good! We still laugh about that, because my Brother-in-Law did not believe my husband when he said they were fresh from the garden. It's become a joke. He just had no idea they could be picked so late, because it's so cold here at Christmas time, everybody is way done with their gardens-but there are a few late crops you can still be getting. What "zone" are you in?

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We have been putting up collards,turnips and mustard.This week our cauliflower came in. Its beautiful!!!

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Most canning & freezing is done in the fall, but I wondered if anybody else cans and freezes stuff "off season". When we are finished with the holidays, there are often piles of leftovers, and usually a pile of turkey bones. We usually get a big stock-pot going and cook down the leftovers into turkey soup, which is sometimes a great thing to can! Home canned soups can make a great Christmas gift, too. I didn't give any this year, though.

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