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24 September 2009 @ 01:41 pm
Canning, and lunch  
I did not take a photo, and it wouldn't have looked significantly pretty, anyway, since all the containers had lids. But I haven't posted about lunch in awhile, and today's was particularly good:

~ Leftover homemade bean soup, vegetarian version
~ baby carrots + ranch dressing for dip
~ applesauce
~ home canned pears


Also, I had oatmeal for breakfast. That all sounds very healthy to me. :)

And while we're talking about canning, I've home canned several things in my canning adventures so far this year:

Peach Jam
Raspberry Jam
Concord grape jelly (for my dad-in-law, for his birthday, with grapes he planted last year)

A friend canned fresh tuna for me, and that is also teh awesome!

On my list still to do:

A last batch of pears (the husband loves them), green beans, salsa (if I can find a really good recipe), applesauce (I am VERY excited about this!), and perhaps tomato/spaghetti sauce. I am a little nervous about using the pressure cooker, I must admit. So far, it's all been water bath canning, but the beans and salsa and so on need to be canned at a much higher temp, hence the pressure cooking.

Also, I believe we're going to research dehydrators. Apparently they make the best elk jerky, much more moist than smoking, so the husband wants to try it. Also, he loves dried fruit, and so do I, and we both grew up with it - he from his grandmother, me from my Mom. I would love to make my own dried apples and bananas! Mmmmm.
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soundingsea: personal - canningsoundingsea on September 24th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Do you have the Ball Guide yet? There are high-acid salsa recipes in there, so you don't have to hit 240F.

Concord grape jelly sounds super-delicious. I've never had the grapes to make jelly.

Do you have a food mill? It makes applesauce have the perfect velvety texture.

We have made jerky with Alton Brown's box-fan method, and the boy (who eats meat) says it's good...
rhienellethrhienelleth on September 24th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I do! I haven't read very much from it, but I used their recipe for the Grape jelly.

Which, while yummy, was also kind of a pain. You can "cheat" and make it from grape concentrate, though, which I imagine is almost as good, and a LOT less work.

I do not have a food mill....yet. I wonder how expensive they are...
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Food Dryer
Your friend Paula has been using a food dehydrator for fruit for several years.....
rhienellethrhienelleth on September 28th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Food Dryer
Reeeeeeally....sounds like maybe I need to give her a call!