oh and we have Fred Meyer here....in our Krogers...it's a jewelry store! lol haha They are in our "Market Place" Krogers-kind of a Krogers Mall-bigger then "Super Kroger". They sell furniture, bath stuff, have a baby area-selling baby clothes and such as that, and the jewelry store, have restaurants etc etc inside. I like the one by me cause the cafe inside has a nice wood burning fire place, to sit by.
You only need a pressure canner for things like meat. The Majority of other things are perfectly safe and actually better in a water bath-don't get so mushy.
I was thinking you could also make the pie filling (minus eggs etc) and can it. But, if you only want to can in a pressure canner then I guess not. But, it would leave up a lot of space in the freezer.
I get ground lamb at Fred Meyer which is part of the Kroger Chain. I get other cuts of lamb at a local chain Uwajimaya. They are primarily an ethnic market, but they have the best produce and the greatest variety of any market I've shopped in. I wish you all could shop there.
Your pumpkin sounds great. My daughter froze some pumpkin a year ago when she had more than she needed and then used it for the pies at Thanksgiving this year. Those pies were great! I will be cooking up my pumpkins this week. I don't want to lose them.
Carol really liked the squash I made over the weekend. I used a can of coconut milk to moisten the squash after I got it peeled. Peeling those squash is hard to do. Next time I will cut it in wedges before I cook it so that I can peel it more easily. Or, I guess I could just scoop out the meat and leave the skin. That sounds considerably more sensible.
I don't like canning without a pressure cooker and at this time I have no plans to acquire one of those. I liked the one my husband had. It had wing nuts all around and I wasn't afraid of it exploding on me like the one my mother had. My mother's was smaller and had a twist off cover. It exploded with spinach in it. There was spinach all over including on her white walls and ceiling and in my face. I've never trusted a pressure cooker since then.
I am thinking if I do up all that squash I might want to season some of it for pie, then all I'd have to do is thaw it and bake the pies. That sounds like a very good idea to me.
It is snowing hard up here today. The snow is sliding off the roof every couple of minutes. That sound frightens Gidget so she is laying across my arms shivering. She will eventually figure out that she is in no danger and then will relax.
I spent last evening exploring the internet in pursuit of recipes. That is a fun occupation. It greatly expands my repetoire. I don't necessarily use the recipes, but I have them just in case.
That sounds delicious Judy, where do you get ground lamb? We love lamb!
I made Pumpkin Butter today. Made 9 jars for the price of what I pay for 2 premade ones! I used 1/4 splenda, and 3/4 brown sugar, next time I will try it with brown sugar splenda. It sure taste good though.
We have a ton of snow, my DH was sent home for two days of work, I wonder if he will go tomorrow. We're getting more now!
We have snow tonight, it is supposed to drop more over the weekend. However, Gloria, my caregiver, noticed that our trees are showing their new buds. Spring is on the way.
I have a new batch of yogurt in the yogurt maker, I cooked a kabocha squash this afternoon and peeled it into a square pyrex dish and put a coconut milk sauce over it. I cooked that and we are enjoying it along with the lamb meatloaf I made earlier.
We have tons of snow too. In fact my DH was sent home from work because of all the snow. And we have more coming.
I've been working on my Mastercook search engine again. I get waves of ambition to do it....then I don't find time for months/years! lol Any way if any one wants to help me at all, please let me know! ;)
If you are are part of the yahoogroup, I have uploaded, newly archived Healthy Exchanges Cookbook and the Preserving the Best of Timber Ridge Farm. I will probably finish February today as well. (ALL recipes of the Feb newsletters listed, from 1992-2009).
January Newsletters (ALL), Kids in mind, Across America, HE Family and Friends, Strawberry Gem of the Garden, and Open Road were already up and posted!
Good morning Girls, Ann, don't feel sorry for me with the snow. In a few weeks, spring will come. I love spring. The air is warmer, the snow is melting, we have mud instead of ice and snow in the driveway, only for about a week. Trees start to bud out, all this in only a few weeks from now. We move on up to the other family room, with the smaller wood stove. Only 1 more week of Feb. then on to March. About mid-march, it usually starts. One thing about living with snow in the winter, we really appreciate spring...lol
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