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  1. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I am am coming into a large amount of apples. I usually end up getting enough to do a bunch of apple butter but that is about it. We have also made apple cider in the past. But I am curious as to other ideas. Maybe canning recipes or something so that I can store more than just apple butter out...
  2. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I'm doing a duel experiment today. I make a very spicy tomato dish. I start with sauteing some onions and green peppers. Then I add a jar of store bought spaghetti sauce and loads of hot peppers like halberno, jalapeno, frying peppers, green and red peppers. I usually sear some sort of pork on...
  3. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Hi everyone! I'm a new prepper and I tried my hand at some dry canning. It was super easy and I had fun with it. But I'm wondering how long these food items will last now that their in jars? I dry canned rice, beans, pasta, jerky, nuts, and dry dog and cat food. Thanks for the advise!
  4. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Folks on here have shared some pretty impressive experiences with eating canned foods (home-canned) that are older than my kids (ages 9-19). If I'm not mistaken, though, these experiences are not with home-canned meat. So... I'm just trying to get a handle on what's the oldest canned meat...
  5. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I canned chicken 25 pints worth, 8 cans of broth. NP Recanning at the moment because I was canning at 13# not 15# for our altitude. Anyway the first batch that I recanned I forgot to change out the lids to new ones. Should I recan for a third time with new lids or just sit this stuff in the...
  6. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Can anyone give me any pointers on how to store pasta long term? Can't really find much on it.
  7. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    i just got through with collards and pecans last nite. today is chicken and venison. got to clean out freezer to get ready for fruits and veggies. what about you?
  8. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    It seems like whenever there's a thread on dehydrating, we get ideas from each other. Plus, it's just plain fun to see what others are doing. So I thought it would be fun to start a thread where people could post what they're dehydrating today (and tomorrow, and the next day, etc.), and maybe...
  9. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Can you preserve orange juice in any way? Not fresh squeezed, we don't get "good" oranges here in the Midwest. I've read oranges don't dehydrate well, but the peeling does, which I guess would be fine for cooking with, but is there a way to process something like juice concentrate? In my mind...
  10. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    We tried something new this year when we cut, wrapped and froze our deer. As you know, freezer burn occurs when moisture is drawn away from meat (or whatever) during longterm storage in your freezer. Since aluminum foil is impermiable and it sticks tight to fresh meat, it seems as though...
  11. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Holy cow, Biggest stock pot we own, what was left of the turkey, slow boil for three days. Broth strained and the bones separated from the meat. Each qt jar got heaping 1/3 cup of meat, 2 cups of mixed vegetables, and filled with broth. Ended up with 26 qts of soup and another 4 qts of just...
  12. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I just picked a small bag of persimmons today ( about 6 lb) and am not sure what to do with them. around here the people I talked to said that they give to their horses of to the deer. wondered about making jelly. any ideas? they are still on the hard side and will need to ripen for a few days.
  13. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Just wondering if there was recipe for canning cantalope, or if it can be done at all?
  14. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Recently joined this forum; it seems to be very informative and polite! I also just read about storing popcorn, which I hadn't thought of before. What do you do with it besides pop it, or grind it into cornmeal (makes the best cornbread I ever ate!)? Can it be eaten like cut corn? Or made...
  15. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I mentioned to my mother that I had lots of huckleberrys and she said if I would pick some, she would make me some jelly. Whew! It takes a long time to pick a bucket of huckleberrys. But, I pulled my old truck down in the woods and turned Rush on and went to picking. Had my first jelly this...
  16. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I was ask by Neldarez about canning meat,this is something I have'nt tackled yet ,but plan to soon as we get time from other chores. Could yall walk us through it?
  17. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I spent the day making jam yesterday...69 jars of cherry and/or strawberry jam. That should last a while:) I started pitting cherries as soon as the chores were done at 7:30am and finished up around 8pm. I could have done another batch of strawberry, but I was too tired to do anymore...
  18. Gardening and Agriculture
    I was reading one of my older books ;) and came across a recipe for canning grapes -- whole. It is a very simple recipe, not much to it at all. I did a :google: search ... well, yahoo if you want to know the truth :D and I did find a few recipes for canning grapes. They were just as simple as...
  19. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    The 2011 canning season has begun :) I started today, with strawberries. The strawberries are finally in, despite the cool, wet conditions here. The UPick strawberry farm run by a friend of mine is on high ground, and due to the moisture and a few days of relentless sunshine, the crop is...
  20. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Canning meat has always intimidated me, but I decided to go for it. Not exactly self sufficient but I bought a bunch of chicken breasts and some pint jars. Now you have to understand that I HATE touching raw meat. My husband is the meat man and when he's working the night shift I usually cook...
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