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Made a salad with my leg of lamb from the freezer.
Lettuce, radishes, carrots, cubed cooked lamb and ginger dressing... YUMMM !

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My pantry is coming up to be overloaded. I did some more tomatoes today, there's so many of them and I'd rather can them than see them go off.

Hopefully I'll be doing the last of my eggplants tomorrow. I had to clip my dog Bruno today, he's a Lhasa Apso and basically a walking hairball. He's now clipped to the extreme, but he's happy and cool.



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I blame hubby for waking me at 5:30 this morning. But I rolled out of bed and dealt with the leftover turkey. I made 1 kit for Hot Turkey Sandwiches and 3 meals Turkey Casserole, finishing up my frozen peas, sugar snap peas. But I had to deal with it because I had a staff meeting after school.

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Put leg of lamb and baked potato casserole in the freezer....

You just reminded me of my canned apple in a very light syrup...They do make a wonderful pie or sautéed apples as a side dish....

My pantry of my canned goods is getting low...I have to use some things sparingly to make them last until I can make more !

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I think ours would get much bigger than they do if the parrots would just leave them alone. You should see the garden path with bits of chewed apple and leaves all over the place. Don't get me started about the apple bits in the water gutters!!!

I'm almost ready to pick the regular apples off the tree. I'm actually going to do some applesauce this year as well as regular stewed apples and I might try my hand at those crisp apple slices if I can find a recipe for them.

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Our crab apples are bigger... like small regular apples. The average one is about 2 to 2+1/2 inches across.


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Mine are about 1/2" or smaller !
Jules Darn Birds !!!


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Mine are about an inch in diameter if I try to grow them any bigger the parrots and cockatoos eat them.

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Oh, I know they are crab apples...but we have them the size of a golf ball, too.
I thought those were the ones that people canned...
I guess I could make juice from my little marbles in my steam juicer...


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They sound like crab apples Patti.

I usually make jelly with them but I haven't been using much jam and jelly here. I was thinking about either an apple brandy, like a Calvados, or some apple syrup

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I can smell those wonderful roasted pepper all the way over here !!! YUMMMM....

I've never done anything with crab apples...I just have the kind of trees with the tiny apples the size of marbles...

After I make my leg of lamb, I'll be making up some freezer dinners....

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I've been busy roasting red peppers and boiling up the last of our crab apples. Not sure what I'm doing with the crab apples yet, still looking for something unusual.

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I don't know what was up with yesterday...It took us soooo long to boil 45 gallons of sap.
We started at 6:00am and I finally finished it at 11:30pm and got 1.25 gallons !!!!
YIKES !!! That's 17.5 hrs that should have taken about 8-10 hours.
I did notice that the barometer was showing a low pressure day, though !
So our total so far is 4.75 gallons.

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Thank You Linda, for taking the time to type all of this out for us...
My Kitties Thank You, too !!!
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For any one with kitties, who may like to try this, this is how I made my cat food...


First of all... you need to have a pressure canner, and good quality jars, with no chips on them. It is now recommended that canned meat be pressure canned.

I just nosed around town, and bought meat that was on sale. I found chicken was the cheapest. I also bought some cheaper beef and liver, and cheap frozen fish. I made 3 varieties.

To make the food, I used this method, but with each different meat.

For example... For the chicken, I mixed the chicken with a package of chicken gizzards. For about 8 whole legs of chicken, (meat and skin removed from the bone after cooking) I added about 3 cups of cooked brown rice, and 2 cups of cooked peas. When I cooked the chicken and gizzards. I only added a pinch of salt. Once everything was cooked, I blitzed everything in my food processor with some of the cooking liquid, and canned it in half pint jars. It made about 16 half pint jars. You need to add a fair bit of cooking liquid when blitzing it. It should look a bit like baby food.
I processed my cat food for about 70 minutes at 12 - 13 pounds pressure.

The beef I mixed with liver, and for the fish, I just used 3 varieties of cheap fish. They each got about the same amount of peas and brown rice.

You can also substitute the peas with pumpkin or sweet potato, which are healthy for them as well. I add the small amount of rice and vegetables, for the vitamins in them, and to give them a bit of soluble fiber in their diets. A bit of soluble fibre can help prevent gastric problems in kitties.

Also... in the bottom of each jar, I add the contents of 1 vitamin C capsule. This helps preserve the food, and helps make the other vitamins and minerals more usable for the kitties.


The price will depend on how much you spend on the meat. I looked for good deals. emoticon

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I canned Tangerines when they were dirt cheap here and they turned out great. I also canned a citrus cup with Oranges, Lemons and Limes I was surprised how lovely it was

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I tried my grapefruit and oranges last evening !
YUMMMMMM !!!!!
I'll be doing that again !

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Well, that makes me feel better !

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As I said, there are definitions for most things that don't necessarily go with what you are thinking about. Rest assured over here it means the funny term and nothing else

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YIKES !!! I just looked up the definition !!! emoticon


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Well technically it does mean something else, but not over here, it means stuff it or similar. It's used a lot over here and always brings a laugh



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When Lee and Deb came home, they brought me a mug that says "Bugger" !!!
Now I know what it means !!!! emoticon

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As we'd say over here Patti ....... Bugger!!

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I Owe, I Owe...So Off to Work I Go !!!
Oh, that's right...I don't work !!!???
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All I have to can around here at the moment is some Rhubarb. I'm not far from having to pick and do something with all the apples on the tree and by the look of it I'm going to have more Capsicums to can as well

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Well, I ended up making 16 jars worth of the chicken and giblet variety. My cats are going to be happy for a long time.
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That's emoticon , Linda !!! You will be set for a long time now !

Today must be pressure canning day as I just made ...
15 half pints of celery (the leaves went into the freezer for soup- 3 pkgs)
7 pints of pork

And Water Bathed ..
11 half pints of grapefruit and oranges

Now to take a bath and get ready for the tax man !!!! emoticon

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I am in the process of making my cats food. So far, I have prepared 12 half pint jars of beef and liver cat food, 12 jars of fish cat food, and I am now getting ready a batch of chicken and gizzards for the cats. I am not sure how many jars will get filled with the chicken one, It is a larger amount then the other 2 batches. I am just getting them into the jars. I just started actually processing in the pressure canner, the first batch of beef and liver. It still needs to process for about an hour.

I am glad that I am doing this. It is much higher quality, than most food on the shelves, as it is human grade meat, and it costs half the amount that the expensive varieties of canned cat food costs. And as far as I am concerned... it is worth it, since they are not puking after eating this food. When giving them the store bought canned food, they puked every day. I had a small issue regarding puke yesterday, but that was because one of my kitties had a hairball, which will happen from time to time, regardless of what they are fed. Tis the season for hairballs, after all... (spring)




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I watched a video on canning pork yesterday...I had a 10 lb. pork shoulder in the freezer. Now it's thawed and ready to be cut up into cubes....and seasoned.
I'll can then in pints.
Whiles shopping yesterday, I got 2 huge stalks of celery for 1.29 ea. I will can those in half pints.


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Just remember...If you get any jars from Filmore, you have to buy the lids separately...

Not sure about the pressure canning question !

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I looked up the Fillmore container site, they sure have a lot of different kinds of jars and bottles, I noticed on some of their canning jars they say they are good for hot fill and boiling water bath, wondering it that means they are not good for pressure canning?

Oh I noticed they have the new violet jars, I haven't gotten any of the new vintage colored ones but I like them all!


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I have used the pressure canner a few times already, to can soups with meat in them, and for pork and beans. It will see a lot more use, once the season for canning is upon us. (once our garden is producing.)


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Yep life's always good with no cat puke on the rugs emoticon emoticon

I'm going to pick the last of my eggplants and freeze some grilled slices ready for moussaka etc. The rest I'll marinate and can. I'm going to prune the bushes and leave them over Winter (after I insulate them of course). They say they will come back in Spring and as they were really good plants that produced a lot, I'll see how they go

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Good for you Linda...And for the cats !
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So I see you are using your Christmas Gift !
What else have you pressure canned ?

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Tomorrow we will be doing our shopping, and I am going to get a bunch of smaller sized jars, to use in making my own pressure canned cat food. We will also be looking out for cheaper meats to use in making the cat food as well.

I noticed that when I feed our kitties the cat food that I made from our rejected meat from our freezer, that I canned, they do not puke.. When ever I try to sneak in a can of cat food from the store, they start puking again. Thus... they are getting food that I make from now on. It beats having to clean cat puke off of the floor and furniture every other day.



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Yesterday, I canned my pineapple and they all stayed sealed..
Also, beef stock and chicken stock. only one of the beef didn't seal...
I will use it sometime this week for dinner.

pineapple
2 pints crushed and 3 pints chunks
Beef stock 4.5 pints of strong stock
Chicken stock 4.5 pints of strong stock

I just finished our weekends production of maple syrup...3/4 gallon !


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Today, my Mother, I and a friend went to church. We decided to check out my friends church. She is Catholic. The Catholic church here, is very similar to the Lutheran church that we used to go to, a few decades ago. The service was beautiful, and reminded me of how the services used to be like almost 3 decades ago, in the Lutheran church, before they started changing their worship services around... I found it refreshing, to experience that style of service again.
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Yesterday I went to the butcher shop and loaded up on beef and pork for the freezer...
I, also, got suet for the birds and bones to make beef stock.
The stock is on the stove and almost done...Then I will pressure can it in pints...



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It's good that you found somewhere with the bottles you liked.

I made crumpets years ago and they are really scrumptious. Trouble is they really do use a lot of butter when you toast them!!

I made English muffins once and they worked out really well as well.

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Thanks Jules !!!! emoticon
I looked it up and they are not cheap and they don't ship to the US...
I did find a distributor in Lancaster PA that sell jars in bulk.
And Really Affordable !
Fillmore Container...
Here's the link if anyone here is interested...
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Patti you can buy them in bulk on ebay.au. If I can buy on ebay all over the world surely you can buy them on our ebay!!. I haven't gone through the whole page but the smaller ones I have used would be equivalent to a 1/2 pint I think (1 1/4 cups)

Just click onto the first item and go to the distributors store, check for preserving jars and ask them if they'd ship to the US. I can't hurt to try. With the Aussie dollar languishing around the .75cent US dollar mark you'd get a pretty good deal.

I use the 1 pint bottles as well but I haven't checked the store to see if they have them.

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Yep, I checked it out and that is the distributor...
Hmmm...I can't find those kind of jars...They are to cute !

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They are labelled Jemark, but as far as I know that is an import company from Australia. To be honest I bought them in the discount store and yes you can re-use the lids and I have a company here in Australia that supplies replacements for all sorts of jars.

Of course if you are using them for preserves with vinegar, you'll need to make sure the lid will last or has the proper cover.

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What brand are they ? I'll look them up on line.
Are the lids reusable?

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They are great Patti and they seal really well. I'm going to buy some more on Tuesday and make some more Fruit salad and do some Kiwifruit.

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Love your jars Jules...I don't know if we can get those here !
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I bottled some Tomatoes, Pears, Nectarines, Pineapple, Mangoes and Fruit Salad today, I'm tired of fruit and bottles at the moment.




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You've just reminded me, I have some of those really big Butter beans (dry) in the pantry, I love them just cooked with butter on them of course. I'll have to soak a couple of cups tonight

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Bread's Looking Good Linda !!!

Glad you are feeling a bit better Jules...and you have some jars to Play with !

Did I write prior to this that my pork and beans tasted REALLY Good !!!
I think they needed to be boiled a bit more before canning. They are a bit chewy !
We are just used to the mushy ones in the cans.

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Lovely looking bread Linda, bread is my kryptonite!!

Patti as it turned out I never got a thing done as I was sick all day. I tried to do some today but thought I better not push it. I peeled and blanched my pineapple slices and cut up the mangoes, but I have not bottled them yet.

I got some really lovely jars from the local shop, the seal really well as I have used them before and they look really good.

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Well, I managed to get a couple of loaves of fresh bread made today. I made 2 loaves of hand formed, farm-style white bread.



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Mom and I only had a tiny bit of the brisket leftover, so we used it up this morning, to make a breakfast hash. YUM!


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Well, I have Leftovers !!!

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Yikes, Jules...I haven't had one of those days since last August !!!
I'm So looking forward to being so busy in my kitchen...HEAVEN !!!
Have you bought your jars yet ????

Me, to Linda ! I'm making 2 but I probably won't have any leftovers...There will be 5 of us for dinner !

I was in the sugar shack all day...
We only had 45 gallons of sap from the whole week of collecting.
I thought we'd better cook it down before it goes bad.
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I am doing up my boiled brisket roast today. I want to save some of it, and freeze it for sandwiches, in the future. I love brisket sandwiches.
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I hope I'm up to it tomorrow, I've got Pineapples, Mangoes, Eggplants, Crabapples and more Tomatoes to do



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Ham slices in the freezer...

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I also got a couple of Pineapples the other day from Aldi (very cheap) so I'll be trying my hand at canning them in juice as well.

I picked a half a bucket of Crab Apples this afternoon so I'm going to have a look around and see if there is something different to make with them. I usually do Jelly, which I love, but this time I'd like to try something different.

I also bought some more cheap Mangoes, so I'll be hopefully canning them when I buy some more bottles.

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I'm afraid to clean out my 3 freezers. I'm sure there are some mystery packages in there ! I should get in there and clean out the frozen veggies and dehydrate them at least !
Great Job Linda and Mom !

I just checked all of my pressure canned jars with the Tattler Lids...They all sealed and stayed sealed. What a Relief ! Bonus !

I'm waiting for my 1 pineapple to ripen enough for me to can it.



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Great job!!

It's great to get something worthwhile out of something someone else might just throw out.

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Yesterday, we cleaned out our big freezer, and found a few packages of meat that was just starting to get freezer burned. We decided to make cat food from it, and canned it. We ended up with 9 pints and 2 half pints of cat food. The kitties seem to love it. I love the pressure canner.
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We also rescued some meat for ourselves, and made a few quick meals to freeze. We ended up making 2 casseroles of beef stew, 2 casseroles of sauerkraut, and 1 casserole of chilli from the rescued meat. And also today, mom and I made 6 packages of cabbage rolls and froze them.
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It sure is nice to have all that work done. We (critters and people) should all have a few nice meals from all this wonderful food now.
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Here's a picture of my Pork and Beans...
I used my Tattler lids for the first time emoticon
I sure hope they work after all of this work !

From 2 lbs of dried beans I got 9 pints of pork and beans.

I, also, did the caramelized onions in the same pressure canner.
From 5 lbs of onions, I got 5 pints.
So 14 pints in one full swoop !!! Gotta Like That !

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I didn't finish the onions as we went out with friends and got home late.
I turned them off as I don't like to leave it on while I'm not home...
I did gather my dry goods from my pantry and oven canned them...
Whole wheat pastry flour, whole wheat berries, split peas, Fava Beans and brown rice.
I did it like the video I posted a few days ago and it worked perfectly.

Today, I'm going to finish the onions and make some baked beans and can them.


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Onions are in the Pot !!! Now to wait 10 hrs !!!! emoticon
16 yellow onions made 16 cups of axis sliced onions.
It filled my crock pot to the brim !
TEASE, TEASE !!!!


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I am itching to can up a bunch of caramelized onions as well, but I will have to wait until the end of the month, when I can afford to go out and buy a bunch of onions. I have enough onions to last me the month for regular cooking purposes, but not much more.

I need to watch my spending for the next few weeks, in order to stay on my budget. I do not want to go over budget now, or I will have to cut back on my spending next month, when I will be needing extra money for when I really get into starting my planting.

Now that is what I am really itching to do... start planting my seeds, to get a head start on my garden. I still need to buy all my seeds. I have a couple items, that I carefully stored from last year, but most of what I have planned for my garden this year, still needs to be purchased.

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Not looking forward to cutting/slicing all of those onions !

I wonder if I could use my slicing blade on my food processor...if not, I will use my hand slicer.
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Nothing like fresh dug potatoes, Jules !

Well, I bought my 1 pineapple...way to expensive to buy more than 1. But I can at least make a small batch of canned pineapple for my first time.
I, also, got 6 lbs of onions to caramelize. I will do that tomorrow as I have to work at the food pantry today.


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I have the last of the beetroot to do as well as some more tomatoes, eggplants and I'm nearly ready to pull up some potatoes.

It will all have to wait until tomorrow, I've had a full day here today and I've run out of time


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Mom is baking a couple cakes today, while I do a few chores around the house. She will then portion them into sizes that are manageable for her and I, and then wrap and freeze the portions. This way we can enjoy the odd peace of cake, from time to time, and not overdo the sweets.
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I was so tired working inside and out today, I pulled a couple of freezer meals I did a while ago out of the freezer for dinner. Talk about convenient and tasty. Must do a few more.

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I think I might do up some meals to freeze today. I feel like getting busy...

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Linda, That's Great that you had things to fall back on...I guess that's the point of doing what we do...

I just made a batch of cookies yesterday and some laundry...
I need to get moving !

I'm hoping to go to the store for the first time in 3 weeks...
Going to get my onions to caramelize and pineapple to can....

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I need to start making things again. We had been so ill, for such a long time, that we ended up using up a bunch of the stuff that we had pre-made. That is OK tho. That was the whole reason we made the stuff... so that we would have easy stuff to cook, when we do not feel up to cooking.
Seriously tho... I am itching to do some pressure canning. I have the ingredients, I just need to find the physical energy, to get started and do it.



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Fabric Softener...

5 cups HOT Water
1 cup cheap hair conditioner
3 cups white vinegar

Heat the water in a pan. When hot, add the conditioner and whisk until blended smooth.
Add the vinegar and stir.
Put in a container after it cools. Use as you would your regular fabric softener.

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I need to do some more freezer meals but I need to go through my freezer and see exactly what is in there first emoticon

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Still making freezer dinners...
made "Juice" and froze 3 dinners. Also, sloppy Joe's and froze 1 dinner....

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I'm starting to run out of bottles if you could believe that. Must get some more when I do the grocery shopping this week

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I've not put up anything lately, but I do like hearing what you've been doing !
My pantry has some bare spots !!!

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I'm starting to look like a tomato here at the moment. I've just skinned and cut up a BIG dish of tomatoes, now I have to put them into bottles and preserve them.

I've cooked a batch of beetroot and I have to cut this and put these into bottles for preserving as well.

Also I sliced 6 eggplants and grilled them. I'm going to freeze these for use later on. The next batch I do will be marinated.

I've just had a look at my parsley, mint, basil and oregano and I think I need to dry some of it before it goes soft and manky

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It amazes me that even in the winter there is so much canning going on! I remember the days of making dog treats, but no dog right now. That is too bad about the Chili Gemini Sky, waste of hamburger too.

I have been working the last 3 nights, so not getting much done. Then only 2 days off. I baled on taking the lambs to market in Dec and have been procrastinating ever since. I need to find a day where I can take them and then a day I can pick up the meat, Usually 3-5 days apart, which doesn't work out well when you work 3-4 nights in a row. But it needs to get done soon because the middle of march the ewes are going to be lambing again and I will need the room.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, cold but good lol

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I got some beetroot at the local farmer today so I'll probably be canning these along with more tomatoes tomorrow. My beetroot was pitiful in the garden this year and I haven't been able to grow enough to replace what I've used over Summer

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Good for you Jules...

I'm almost out of tomatoes, juice and sauce...I probably can stretch it out to tomato season !

Tammy, Stocking up is a Good Thing !

I haven't had anything to can. I really want to try my Tattler Lids.

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As I'm inundated with Tomatoes, (up to my eyeballs to tell the truth) I'm canning tomatoes. I usually only can them on their own with a bit of Citric acid included. The tomatoes that I grew (mainly Black Krim and other heirlooms) are extremely juicy so I don't need to add any tomato juice to the bottles.

I have to go out and buy some more bottles as I've used all the Fowlers Vacola bottles I had and they are the ones I like to use.

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Too bad it didn't work out. I always debated on making those for gifts, but I never do. I guess I do worry that they won't work out.

For me this weekend was about restocking. On Friday I finally made it to the warehouse supply store and picked up more bread bags, pancake mix and cooking spray. I forgot the soup bases though.

Saturday, I bought meat from Costco, chicken thighs, pork loin and beef strip loin. I also stocked up on rice.

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I received a "Chili in a Jar" for a Christmas Gift so I made it. I got a huge pot of chili using 2 lbs of ground beef.
I was going to pressure can it in pints but it came out awful !!!
Really pasty and not much flavor...
Hence, it went in to the garbage !

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Pasta and sausage freezer dinners...
Dog Treats...

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Hi Jules !
Coney Sauce is what you put on hot dogs like chili...But it is sweet and no cumin.
Almost like sloppy Joe's...

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I've never heard of Coney Sauce Patti, will have to look that one up!!

I am having a BUMPER crop of tomatoes at the moment and while we are eating tomatoes with everything, there is so much left over. Will have to preserve a few bottles just as "diced tomatoes" to keep the cupboard stocked and to keep control of all the tomatoes. I've just started picking the eggplants now as well (there are lots of these as well) so I'll be doing some marinated and I might lightly grill some slices then freeze for things like Moussaka etc.

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I processed my dehydrated tomatoes into powder. I have become dependant on having tomato powder in the cupboard, I find it more handy than the case of tomato paste I bought back in fall. I processed just over 2 qts tomatoes and ended up with over 1/2 qt powder. I forgot to save some dehydrated tomatoes for a salad I wanted to make.

I also made 4 loaves bread, 16 pizza sticks (using homemade pizza sauce and tomato powder), 3 cups Candied Pecans. My older DD made Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze.

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The Coney Sauce came out wonderful !!
1 container in the frig and 4 in the freezer !

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