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  1. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I came across some 9 cent seedless watermelons at my local farmer's market and I'm itching to do something with them (haven't bought any yet). These things are HUGE and there is no way that hubby and I will finish a quarter before it goes bad. Currently I primarily dry fruits and veggies from...
  2. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    My friend sent me this link today about saving eggs. No dehydrating, freezing, cooking and drying.......Preparedness Pro » Blog Archive » Eggsactly Right
  3. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I would like to add dried meats to my canned and freeze dried stash, but am not sure how to do so. I have a vacuum sealer, and use regular vacuum bags for storing things in the freezer. What would be the best method for storing dried meats, in a storm cellar? Which bags would be best, or...
  4. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Ever put a buffalo into canning jars? I just found out that's what I'll be doing tomorrow. For 7 years we've been caretakers of a small herd of buffalo on a neighboring property for an out-of-state landowner. He started hinting this spring that he's about ready to be done with them, and now...
  5. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Saturday our local grocery had a huge fresh produce sale. All USA grown foods from south GA. and north FL. I bought a bushel of snap beans grown in south GA for $19. Canned them up last night and had 45 pints. Can't always be sure how the garden will produce but at least I have a head start.
  6. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    These make a nice snack. Ya get some meat down there by the head an the rest sort comes out like a pig jerky. Nice flavour in em. Don't take long ta do an make a tastey little treat.
  7. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    DH picked the first of our strawberries this week. Yum, yum.
  8. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I found celery on sale yesterday for $.69 a bunch. I brought home 6 bunches, did 3 today and will do 3 tomorrow, take a look!!!!
  9. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Hey everyone.....I dont know how much of a deal I got but I picked up 10 lbs of carrots a couple days ago.....I followed the instructions in the Ball Blue Book and here are the results.
  10. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Hey folks, I caught taters on sale for $0.88 for 5 lbs at the store yesterday. Here is my attempt. Do they at least look ok?
  11. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Hey everyone, how does it look? I did 10 pints. So all total 6 1/2 qts chicken and 10 pints beef.
  12. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Hello folks. I just finished doing 6 and 1/2 quarts of chicken thighs. All I did was rinse with cold water, trim as much fat off as possible, cold packed and pressure canned for 90 min @ 11ponds pressure....actually it was closer to 12. I wanted to share how they looked once again, and I have to...
  13. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I love my breakfast and the one thing I would miss is sausage. I have canned deer and beef but never tried a pre-cooked meat. Has anybody taken a link type sausage like Hormel brown & serve links and canned them?
  14. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    My canner came last Friday and could not wait to try it out...caught boneless/skinless thighs on sale today so guess what I did this evening.... Here are the results.... 4 pkg = 9 pts well....I think next time I will cut the chicken in smaller chunks because I have a lot of wasted jar space...
  15. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Found a good deal on some semi-soft cheese with added peppers and seasoning. Can this be canned?
  16. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I put some freeze dried coffee an non dairy creamer in mylar bags an vac sealed em taday. Ok, so it ain't as good, but in bad times it gonna be better then nothin! We also got alotta them little foil packets a flavorins fer water to, hey anythin will be a comfort durin a disaster.
  17. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Hi everybody, I splurged and bought an Excalibur a few weeks ago. I put four pounds of frozen corn in it last night. This morning I had a smidge less than a quart of perfectly dried corn. I rehydrated a teaspoon of it as a test. It tasted great. The only difference was that it didn't quite plump...
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    after dryin 5 lbs a apples last weekend, we had all them apple peels left over, hated ta throw em out, so I dried em just like apple slices, crushed em in a bag with a rollin pin an ran em through my coffee grinder. Wa la, apple powder! Should be good in bakin an on cereals an such. The...
  19. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    How would you store your spaghetti long term? I use mason jars for the smaller pasta, but the spaghetti doesn't fit and I don't want to break it up. I have a spaghetti jar with a rubber seal for immediate use. Ideally I'd like to do 3-4 boxes of spaghetti together instead of bulk storage. I...
  20. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Well tried out my new steam canner taday. It be alot like a water bath canner ceptin it works with steam, uses lots less water an heats up lots faster then a water bath canner. Here be a pic a what it looks like: With 6 pints a butter ta be canned. It will hold 7 quarts at a time: In use...
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