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Yesterday, I ended up pressure canning my meatballs w/ tomato sauce...turns out you can can them when they are completely cooked.
I ended up with 2 Qts. of the large meatballs and 7 pints of the smaller ones with sauce. Plus 2 qts of just sauce...


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I took out 3 lbs of ground beef and 1 lb of ground pork and made meatballs...
4 doz medium size and 1 doz. large for sub sandwiches...
Cooked them in my canned tomato juice and homemade past and my diced tomatoes.
My house sounds so Good !!!

I will package them up in meal size containers and freeze them along with the sauce.
I should have checked out how to pressure can them...but I think they are to be only partially cooked so they don't break a part....mine are fully cooked...

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Yay for all the Maple syrup!!

I know what you mean Pattie, I'm always eating all the crispy bits off the roast as well.

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Yay, got my maple syrup all canned Saturday, 8 quarts and 9 pints! I do have a little more to boil down probably in the next couple of days then I will pull the taps and wash everything up.

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To Funny Jules !

Even when we go to a Buffet, I go to the beef carving section and ask for the Schnibbles...
They always look at me like I'm crazy and ask, what are schnibbles ?
It's the Little pieces!

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Got a huge bag of green beans for $2 yesterday at the market. I've been busy washing, cutting and freezing them.

And I'm still chuckling on that word Patti

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Yesterday, I cooked and froze spaghetti squash. I found 4 for a 1.00 in a clearance bin.
There was nothing wrong with then and they cooked up beautifully...

LOL, Jules !

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I'm still chuckling at the word schnibblings!

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Well, with my soup and chicken...yep made soup !
4 qts...1 in the frig for me, 2 in the freezer and 1 to a neighbor.
The chicken was Put Up with my foodsaver and frozen. 3 2 cup bags.
I picked the schnibblings off the bones and got 8 snack bags full for Sammy's dinners.



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I made a big pot of chicken stock yesterday.
One of our local discount stores had chicken legs and thigh quarters on sale for .49/lb.
They were sold in 10lb bags,,,i got 2 !
one bag was divided and put in the freezer, the other in the pot.
I'm not sure if I will just can the stock or make soup and can that.

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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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Nothing like a Healthy Happy Cat !

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.
Mom and I are planning to go to at least a few more services at the church my friend took us to. I might choose to stay with this one. I felt refreshed, after walking out of the service there, and that is truly what counts.



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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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I made Crumpets yesterday from Bev Volfie's Video...
They came out Wonderful !
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vByq-3-c834&
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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.

Here is the page at ebay

www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40
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trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.R>H0.Xjemark+glass+jars.TRS0&_nkw=jema
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