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Canning

Thursday, July 04, 2013


Did you know in WW2 that the government set up canning kitchens. People had victory gardens and they would take their fresh produce to the community kitchen and use the canners to put up their food. And like the picture..."I CAN!!!" In more ways than one. I don't do as much canning today as I did when our sons were young and still at home. We have freezers now so much of what I used to can now goes into the freezer.

But since Monday I have put up 95 pints of salsa, shelled 3 bushels of pinto beans and blanched and put into the freezer and picked 5 gallons of blueberries and frozen. So has been a busy week. One DIL and Miss Molly came out on Sunday and picked blueberries for them. Then today my sister and BIL came and picked blueberries. Other DIL may come out on Saturday. Amazingly we have 4 blueberry bushes (we used to have 9 until drought and summer heat killed 5) but off these 4 bushes we can pick 3-4gallons a day. It takes an hour to pick 1 gallon and we don't pick but every other day. We have 1 more bushel of beans to pick and 2 to shell and then will be picking and shelling peas. Peaches will be ripe soon as well...Later on we will have figs, apples, and muscadine grapes. So busy time of the year for us. But all this work is so worth it when winter comes as we have almost fresh veggies from our garden the entire winter months.

I noticed the recipe here on SP for Cowboy Caviar...so plan on making some when we pick and shell peas. Around here we call it Texas Caviar.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 7/5/2013 8:31AM

    I have made that receipe - so good - can't wait until I can start picking my fresh cucmbers and going to check my bleuberreis today - can't wait!

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CAKAROO 7/5/2013 6:09AM

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NELLIEH1 7/5/2013 12:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on all your canning...How good it will taste come fall winter and spring!!

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KRITTEN1 7/4/2013 4:32PM

    I made the Cowboy Caviar last night! I am going to bring to share at a cookout today.

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JOYCEE23 7/4/2013 4:22PM

  Wow! I heard gardening is great exercise.

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PHEW!!!!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Phew!!! What a few busy days we have had. One good thing about all the chores is......I've gotten so much exercise. Ok where do I begin. We did have a nice visit from one of the DIL's on Sunday along with Miss Molly. We picked 3 gallons of blueberries.

Monday morning I started early and got 47pints of salsa canned up. It takes so much time to make this as you have to dip the tomatoes in boiling water to loosen the skins, then let them cool and then peel and core and chop. Then since it was such a big batch we had to split it in half and do half at a time. I did save some time by using my food processor for chopping onions, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and garlic. Then you bring to a boil adding a little vinegar, sugar and salt..I never really know the recipe as we make such huge vats full and I do it by taste. So after getting all that canned up on Monday, we spent the late afternoon shelling a bushel of pinto beans. Hubby takes care of blanching them and then we put them in ziplock bags and freeze.

Tuesday the day was pretty shot and we drove the 3 hours down to pick up the truck. It didn't cost as much as we thought it probably would cost so we were pleased. Then the 3 hours drive back home. Once home, we shelled another bushel of pinto beans.

Then early this morning I got after it again and have the 2nd batch of salsa heating up and as soon as we eat lunch, I will get back to it and finish. Then another bushel of beans to shell.

My back has been hurting terribly bad so have been wearing my back brace which does help a lot. But with DH helping with the lifting and having a tall stool to sit on in the kitchen has helped. But still a lot of walking and on my feet.

I hope to get back her blogging regularly soon. But this has to be done so have to set my priorities.

  
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BARB4HEALTH 7/4/2013 12:09PM

    Quite a bit done in such a short while! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 7/4/2013 7:18AM

    That is a lot of salsa and beans! Enjoy!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/3/2013 9:22PM

    Wow, that is such hard work! Bet that salsa is tasty!

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NELLIEH1 7/3/2013 7:19PM

    Wow, good for you getting all that canning of salsa done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , Yum!

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Nightmare weekend.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

We had made plans to drive to the southern part of our state where my SIL lives to go to the tomato farms and buy tomatoes so we could make salsa this year. You can get cull tomatoes for $3per 5gallon bucket. So was going to be a good buy and get a visit with DH's sister in the process. Well we have 2 pickups. One is a 2007 and other is a 1997. Both are in really good shape (we thought) and the older one rides so much smoother than the newer one. So we decided to take it. He had just had a new a/c put in the truck and it was driving fine. This is a 350mile trip. We were within 50 miles of where we were going and the truck quit. Thank goodness a cool front was blowing in and so it was cloudy and the humidity was dropping. DH thought it was a fuel filter but having no spare and us thinking we are 10miles from nearest town to get one and no tools to change it. So after calling his sister, she goes to an auto parts place and got the filter and tools we needed. (thankfully the tools were on sale..regular $100 for the set were marked down to $40..So It took her about an hour to do that and get to us. Found out we weren't but 2 miles from the nearest town. Well DH changed the filter and it wasn't that...so SIL drove us to that town and we found a mechanic shop and he had tow truck and so we left it all in his hands and left to drive the 50 more miles to the SIL's house. Bad thing about it was she has a big car but had a bunch of her stuff in it and so with what we had put in from our truck, we were very cramped for that 50 mile drive. After getting to her house, we unloaded her entire car..hers and our stuff..loaded up the 4 buckets and went to the tomato shed. The tomatoes go straight from picking into a vat of bleach water and then on a conveyor belt and sorters sort out the good ones to box up for grocery stores. The culls then go down another belt and locals line up along this belt and pick out the better culls. So we happened to be at the end of the conveyor belt so we wound up getting the cull of the culls but still managed to get some good tomatoes and sure worth the $3 per bucket. Then when DH called the mechanic we found out that the truck needed a new fuel filter and he couldn't get it until Monday so the SIL brought us home the next day (Saturday) and spent the night with us and headed back early this morning. Since we have been home, I've put up pickles and have started dipping the tomatoes in boiling water to lift the skins to peel to start making salsa. DIL has shown up with Miss Molly to pick blueberries so it is a mad house around here. We were going to go try to pick up the truck on Monday and have other DIL to drive us down so I wouldn't have to drive back that far alone but she will be taking her daughters to church camp on Monday so won't get the truck until some other time this week. We will be making salsa and shelling pinto beans and purple hull peas tomorrow. Busy busy time and nightmare weekend.

  
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TINADEE86 7/2/2013 9:33AM

    Sorry to hear of your truck. But have fun making your salsa!

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GEMLADYONE 7/1/2013 5:43PM

    Sorry about your truck. It's rotten when mechanical things let us down! Glad you got your tomatoes anyway. Enjoy the salsa!

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KIMPY225 7/1/2013 11:37AM

    Yikes! emoticon

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IAM_HIS 7/1/2013 7:41AM

    Wow, I am so glad you were able to have your SIL to help you. Very grateful that you are safe and that your truck did not have a serious mechanical problem.

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BARB4HEALTH 7/1/2013 7:23AM

    We broke down in Arkansas years ago and had to stay at a Best Western one day longer than we had planned. Had to use a charge card to get the car fixed and back on the road. The kids enjoyed the pool at Best Western, though! We were so glad to get home! Hope you get the truck back quickly!

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DOROTHYBERO 7/1/2013 6:09AM

    No fun to break down - hugs!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/1/2013 12:51AM

    Oh my, we have had trips like that. Sorry it ended up to be an expensive trip for you. The Salsa sounds delish. I hope you get your truck back soon! emoticon

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LECATES 6/30/2013 8:00PM

    Too bad about the truck but at least you made the best of a bad situation.

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NELLIEH1 6/30/2013 3:15PM

    Ohh boy! Looks like you surely got a series of tests!! Do hope everything works out with your truck. We hear there is a dangerous heat wave out there. Hope you all are OK

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TRAVELGRRL 6/30/2013 2:57PM

    Wow, I live in Arkansas too -- where is it you get the cull tomatoes? I hope you'll share! If you tell me I promise to go on a different day than you. We LOVE tomatoes but are gone so much we really can't grow them. After all, the best time to travel OUT of Arkansas is the summer!!!

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life lessons

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Can't say much more.

  
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    emoticon Good reminders! emoticon

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  Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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Garden bounty

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hubby and I have been busy today. First I picked 2 gallons of blueberries. It takes me about an hour a gallon. Got up early and did this before the heat set in.


Next I washed and snapped and hubby brined 3 gallons of green beans. (Since he retired, we do all our garden and canning work together). Had enough beans left over for green beans and new potatoes for lunch.

Then we had picked enough small cucumbers to make 6 quarts of dill pickles. I always add a teaspoon more dill and a garlic clove to each jar. I use Mrs. Wages kosher dill pickle mix.


So it has been a really busy productive morning. Lots of exercise going on.

  
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NELLIEH1 6/26/2013 9:29PM

    Ohhh...Your photos are so encouraging!! thanks!

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IAM_HIS 6/26/2013 5:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Everything looks so yummy! Wow, you are doing great...now this is real food!

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XNANNY 6/26/2013 1:33AM

    Good work on your produce. I miss having a garden but not all the work involved in having one.

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BARB4HEALTH 6/25/2013 10:01PM

    Wow! You have been busy!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/25/2013 3:40PM

    They look so tasty! Oh, I wish I had a garden.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/25/2013 1:55PM

    Wow! That's wonderful. I had to check where you live to have all that already.
We just got our first cucumber and some peppers are almost ready too.
Either you start plants indoors or there a big difference in the growing season between Arkansas and Virginia.
I've got a lot to learn.

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0309COOKIE 6/25/2013 1:47PM

    Everything is so fresh and delicious! Good for you!

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