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Old 10-01-2012, 05:33 PM   #241
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Esther/Diane et al.

Your canning jars are things of beauty in my mind.
When I go to the County Fair, it's the first things I want to
see. Even better than the sweets.

This year if all goes well, and my husband and his friend can
catch Yellow Fin Tuna. I'm going to learn from our friend, how
to can this tuna. His is the best I ever ate and it's a very simple
recipe. They are going on a fishing trip this week and I'm hoping
and praying for them to have a good catch. Last year it was a
no go.

Keep up the good canning girls.
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Oh my goodness, that will be taking canning to a whole new level! Let us know how it turns out. Never thought of canning fish, but I am sure home-canned tuna would be amazing!

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #243
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This just posted twice. Sorry!

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Old 10-19-2012, 05:36 PM   #244
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Can someone tell me if I can make homemade enchilada sauce and use the water bath method to can it?

I figured it's made out of tomato sauce so it might be okay, but I want to be sure. TIA
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:57 PM   #245
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I'm sorry everybody I just saw this today. I'm still canning and freezing.

Nigel ..... I make my own encilada sauce and I water bath it.

OOOOOOOOOOOOBarbo Yum. We 'ld love to see a pic of it when you do it. I just pressure canned salmon and trout.

Pressure canned red and green bell peppers after roasring them.

Here we are in Oct. and I'm still picking tomatos.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:53 AM   #246
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Thank you so much, rosethorns.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:49 PM   #247
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #248
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Well I can finally contribute something to this thread! LOL!

Yesterday DH and I made 8 half pints of sugarfree pomegranate jelly. Then we ground up 16 pounds of beef brisket, which yielded 10 pounds of ground beef.

Today we pressure canned 8 pints of browned ground beef. It's cooling even as we speak. That was my FIRST venture into pressure canning, and it's been MANY years since I water-bath canned anything. It all worked perfectly though!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:46 PM   #249
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Lovely Charski!!!! Thats great!! I prefer my own food that I grow and can, freeze and dry.
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I thought it was time to bring this thread back up.

I got 8 big tomato plants yesterday, so I am putting them in buckets on the front porch. I really don't have the time for a big garden this year, as much as I like having one.

So, basically tomatoes and herbs and if I can find some of the 'not hot' jalapeno seeds, I'll plant some of them too.

Anyone else have a garden to share or show pics of this year?
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:56 AM   #251
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I do I do. I always have a big garden Nigel. Well it's big to me.
I will show pics.
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Just finished planting several kinds of tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, cayennes, pimiento peppers, onions, and rosemary. Need to get some cucumbers and squash growing and some more herbs, especially basil. Love this time of year! We are just using the last of the tomato sauce/soup from last year's garden. Everything was from our garden: onions, basil, garlic, and tomatoes; and I have never found a commercial tomato sauce that comes anywhere near!
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:09 PM   #253
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Diana I planted a tomato this because of your recomendation. Mortgage lifter.
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Hello fellow canners

Our tomatoes are beginning to set. The only one that is slow is our
beefsteak. We ate our first green beans and yellow long squash tonight.
Our cukes are just about ready to give us some blooms. I can't wait to
make our garlic/dills. The last of my Navel oranges are ready to be
picked and I usually make sf marmalade. We still have loads of Meyer
lemons. Our boysenberries are loaded and just beginning to show a blush.
We have one spaghetti squash plant that is coming on strong with about
6 squashes and growing inches per day We have basil, chives,
2 types of parsley, my cilantro pooped out already. We have two of the
long skinny eggplants. Last years black beauties were way too much
for us or the neighbors, so I cut back on the quantity. Since we love the
jalapeno poppers recipe from this board, I planted 6 and hopefully
they will thrive. They don't look as happy as I want them to.
We planted another batch of Kentucky wonders today, hoping to have
one later harvest. Well if canning and making jams etc. die, it won't
be because we didn't try to pass this wonderful art along to our friends,
neighbors and family. Everyone I know loves receiving these beautiful
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Enjoy life! Can it!
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You gals are harvesting, and canning, and IF I were gonna get to have a garden this year, I would just now be able to plant!!! Maybe even a little too soon yet!!!
Not gonna get to have one again this year tho.

And I love fresh garden grown/ripe tomatoes, but we have never had any luck with them here for some reason. I've grown them other places I've lived, and sometimes had LOADS to can, but not here. We've tried them directly in the garden, as well as trying them in pots with NO luck!
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I am just not feeling a veggie garden this year. The past 3 years running, the tomatoes have not been worth the effort that were put into them. So - eh. I think I'll stick to buying them at the farmers' market!

BUT I plan to do a lot of canning, pickles, maybe some sauerkraut and/or kimchee, and lots of jams and jellies. We're down to our last 3 jars of jelly in the cupboard.

My Meyer lemon tree fell prey to voles, who chewed off the root ball and caused my beautiful 8' high, 10' wide tree to fall over. I did buy a new little guy, which we'll plant in a cut wine barrel. THAT ought to keep the little buggers away from the roots, although it will never get as big as Little Lenny Lemon.

My Bearss lime is doing well though - it's "self-picking" fruit just about every day. Yesterday I picked up 8 limes from the courtyard, today a couple more. I think I have at least a couple dozen in the fridge right now. This is from a lime tree MAYBE 4' tall in a half-barrel planter. It's pretty happy! I might make some lime curd. We shall see.
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Gosh you guys are amazing!!!!!!

I have raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries that are on their 3rd year with me.

chocolate mint
pineapple mint
orange mint
spearmint
apple mint

Then all my veggies. I got a early start this year planted in May. Usually not until June .

lettuce, green beans.4 kinds of squash winter and summer, 8 tomato all heirloom, 3 kinds of beets, brussel sprouts, bright lights chard, bok choy, celery and more.

Have a great time gardening and canning. I will.......
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We haven't canned anything in years. After moving a few time DW even gave away all her canning jars and such.

In February she planted beets, onions, and tomatoes. She just did up 12 pints of pickled beets last week. Onions aren't doing well and we have already picked all the tomatoes.

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Our Safeway had apricots and "apriums" this past week, not on sale but they smelled so good I couldn't resist. Made the BEST jam ever, using the Ball low/no sugar pectin. The nice thing about the Ball product is that it gives equivalents for each cup of fruit, so you can make according to what you have from one jar to 10. I used xylitol and sucralose. I also have Pomona and the pink box SureJell, and they work well too.

So far I jammed peach habanero, pineapple jalapeno, jalapeno, peach cardamom, and the apricot. Next up berries and jelly from the prickly pear juice in the freezer.

Also tried hot pickled cauliflower (it WAS on sale) but it has to sit for a week before sampling. For any cauliflower people there are a couple you tube videos for that, I made up a jar of curried cauliflower as well, no canning, just waiting.

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I've always used Pomona , for years.It's very hard to get this side of the cascades.

So I slao got the Ball low/no sugar last year Christy Jo. It's pretty good.Check out ChickenLady's thread on Claussen pickles copycat. I like the sweet chow chow made with cauliflower and other veggies. Hers involves waiting also.
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Diana I planted a tomato this because of your recomendation. Mortgage lifter.
I got my six mortgage lifters in the ground last weekend. Hoping for the best, as they didn't do well at all last year--long drought just dried up the plants, even with daily deep watering. We've had loads of rain this spring and it's still coming, though.

I found another tomato I want to try. It's called "trust" and I got some of the ripe tomatoes at my local farmer's market the past two weekends. They had been grown in a greenhouse. The farmers are staggering their greenhouse/field plantings and said that they should be coming in all summer. In addition to the mortgage lifters and the Juiliets, they are the best tomatoes I have ever tasted--and I grew up on great heirloom garden tomatoes!
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Sounds wonderful Diana.I hope your water gets better this year.
LOL I'm hoping for sun.

I have 3 sun sugars, mortgage lifter , brandywine, la roma---6 . There 2 more and I can't rememberr the name of it.
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Sounds wonderful Diana.I hope your water gets better this year.
LOL I'm hoping for sun.

I have 3 sun sugars, mortgage lifter , brandywine, la roma---6 . There 2 more and I can't rememberr the name of it.
Are your sun sugars the same as sungolds? I accidentally got one sungold plant a couple of years ago in a flat of mortgage lifters and it produced hundreds of the sweetest little golden tomatoes I've ever tasted--they were like candy!



I put these in a brandy snifter and placed them on dh's table next to where he was reading the newspaper. He scarfed them up like they were his favorite candy.

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Are your sun sugars the same as sungolds? I accidentally got one sungold plant a couple of years ago in a flat of mortgage lifters and it produced hundreds of the sweetest little golden tomatoes I've ever tasted--they were like candy!



I put these in a brandy snifter and placed them on dh's table next to where he was reading the newspaper. He scarfed them up like they were his favorite candy.
Yes they are the heirloom tomato to sungolds. Same thing only heirloom. Love your brandy snifter with the sungolds.

I also have campari tomato. It's the small tomato at better grocers and costco in a small square box. Well you can plant the seed. I went looking for my pics on them and I can't find them.
I had 3 last year , 2 in my garden , 1 in a 5 gallon bucket . It got to be 8 foot tall and I got about 60 or so tomatos off of it. YUM
They are from Eroupe. Delish!!!!!

When I locate the pics I will put them up.
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Whoa, I love the campari tomatoes. They are the only ones I'll buy in the supermarket off-season. Do they come true with seeds? Are they heirloom or an established strain (not hybrid)? I bet they are way more wonderful from your own garden, eh?
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I'm so glad you know what they are.I love them.We have talked about them for a couple of years at my organic forum. They come true to seed . They grow better and bigger in a container. There are pics online of campari.We know they are not hybrid and that they are from Euroupe. But that's all. This is my second year for campari tomatos and I'm thrilled. I just take the seed and dry off well then plant.

The ones I put in my garden were not very big, so I'm doing 2 in buckets.LOL

Wow I just read that they are a hybrid. I'm shocked because it comes true. Dang.

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I buy campari tomatoes at Sam's all the time.
I had no idea you could plant the seeds...hmmm
So I'm going to Sam's next week and I'll be saving up those seeds to add to my tiny garden.

Thanks for letting me know about them.
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I do want to tell you guys something. Check out the pics online .

You really want to plant them in a big container. They do better in a container. You want a tall peice of wood for them to climb on. I used a 5 gallon bucket and a 1x2x10 foot peice of lumber. They are climbers and will go as tall as you have them to climb on. Pics on the internet have them as high as 15 foot. The clusters are amazing.

Last year mine got 8 foot tall. The ones in the garden did not . I got about 8 tomatos from the ones in the garden.
Over 60 tomatos in the container.

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Thanks for letting me know that. I'll follow your advice. Tomatoes are my fave.
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