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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25200 on: May 16, 2018, 11:41:31 AM »
  I plan to add 1 quart of honey too...sweeeet!

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25201 on: May 16, 2018, 02:53:03 PM »
Thanks, Red. I plan to try it out next time we need BBQ sauce. We have discovered the Instant Pot is worth the purchase price even if you only use it for ribs. So, we have been using quite a bit of BBQ sauce lately.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25202 on: May 16, 2018, 04:25:43 PM »
 :spit:

Good lord, I never thought. Thanks folks. Like I said it isn't mine but quite good in my opinion.

On a side note I used it in my canned pulled/shredded pork and it didn't taste the same as it did just mixed in with the pork before canning. I don't know why but suspect the black pepper and liquid smoke. Also I left out the butter, margarine, oleo, whatever for canning. The product still tasted good but not what I expected.

I have 5 or 6 pints left over and plan on canning it without meat this weekend. In a week or two I'll open a jar to taste.

Carl the honey sounds great in place of the brown sugar.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25203 on: May 16, 2018, 04:31:57 PM »
I'm not sure about the other names, around here the correct name is "Topinambour sunflower" and also used to be known as the "Jewish potato"

Yeah we're talking about the same thing. Sunflower with an edible tuber.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25204 on: May 16, 2018, 06:23:37 PM »
Ayup. Box is 1 pound, package is 2 pounds. We keep 2 pound packages on hand.

Yes on the sauce Red. We used it on pork patties this evening. Good stuff.
Ketchup is on sale again in town, so I think I'll do another batch and can it.

Pulled the trigger and ordered the excalibur 9 tray dryer Monday. The one with the timer. Should be here tomorrow, barring no oopsies by UPS.
We've got strawberries coming on, so we're planning on drying some. (After we eat some  ;D)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25205 on: May 16, 2018, 06:31:26 PM »
No prepping work today. I'm having to take on almost all the housework because wife's illness is getting worse. That means a lot of catching up on it. Her cognitive functions going south and does not good to tell what needs to be done. She forgets really quick.

Not good. Sorry to hear that Red

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25206 on: May 17, 2018, 01:01:14 AM »
This time, using my lighter reloads, it worked flawlessly. Looks like it doesn't like powerful ammo (or more likely, that my hand movement while shooting those somehow affects the reliable feed of that mag).

While I am no expert, it is a general belief that the faster the slide cycles (hotter ammo or other reasons) the harder the magazine spring must be, to act faster and bring up the next round up in place. Did you check for such a case? (softer ETS spring)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25207 on: May 17, 2018, 04:24:05 AM »
Ayup. Box is 1 pound, package is 2 pounds. We keep 2 pound packages on hand.

Yes on the sauce Red. We used it on pork patties this evening. Good stuff.
Ketchup is on sale again in town, so I think I'll do another batch and can it.

Pulled the trigger and ordered the excalibur 9 tray dryer Monday. The one with the timer. Should be here tomorrow, barring no oopsies by UPS.
We've got strawberries coming on, so we're planning on drying some. (After we eat some  ;D)

Yeah I keep the 2 lb. bags on hand. I can only find them in light brown unless I want to pay Kroger or HEB prices.
Cool on the pork patties and ketchup. I got 3 24 oz. bottles on the shelf and might get more this weekend if the price is right. DelMonte $0.88 or $0.99 ea.
I've been thinking about canning the stuff. With all the vinegar in it water bath canning might be appropriate. I'm going to pressure can the bit I have for 1 hr 15 min. like it was in the shredded pork to see if I get the same taste. Water bath should probably on be for 15 minutes as I've seen in one of my books.

Looks like a really nice dehydrator. If/when I get another dehydrator I want one with adjustable temperature and a timer. Planning on drying figs this year if they make well, it isn't looking good.

Yesterday I received the O2 absorbers and 20 dz. RM  ::) lids I ordered.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25208 on: May 17, 2018, 09:50:29 AM »
I'm thinking the same on the water bath canning of it. The mixture is 1/3 apple cider vinegar.
I'll sniff around a bit to see what I can find

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25209 on: May 17, 2018, 04:45:42 PM »
 8)

The only proven recipes I have are in one of the Fresh Preserving books. Not the so called Blue Book, another, Jams and Jellies I think. Anyway water bath canning seems the way to go. I will try the pressure canning though just to see. Try to get it done tomorrow but could take all weekend. Just have to see what goes down around here.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25210 on: May 17, 2018, 06:00:09 PM »
Ok.  ;)


Prepping today.

Replanted cantaloupe seeds.
Got our new Excalibur dryer. Giving it a spin with our strawberry's. 

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25211 on: May 18, 2018, 03:19:04 AM »
 8)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25212 on: May 18, 2018, 08:44:04 AM »
Ok.  ;)


Prepping today.

Replanted cantaloupe seeds.
Got our new Excalibur dryer. Giving it a spin with our strawberry's.

I got my new Excalibur over the weekend for my bday. 
Yesterday when I got home from work I decided to just throw in a couple of apples I had at home. Oh my goodness there is so much more room than in my old round one!  5 apples fit on 2 racks! And, at bedtime last night I looked and was in shock at how much faster the process is than in my old one, they will be done by the time I get home from work today... less than 24 hours!!
I'm loving it, hope you love yours! Can't wait to hear how the strawberries do :)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25213 on: May 18, 2018, 09:00:12 AM »
Strawberries did well. 4 trays, 7-1/2 hours.
I like the heat setting capability, and the timer.
I though about saving 40-50 bucks by getting the non-timer, and going with a separate timer. Wasn't going to save that much, so got the good one.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25214 on: May 18, 2018, 10:16:49 AM »
I got my new Excalibur over the weekend for my bday. 
Yesterday when I got home from work I decided to just throw in a couple of apples I had at home. Oh my goodness there is so much more room than in my old round one!  5 apples fit on 2 racks! And, at bedtime last night I looked and was in shock at how much faster the process is than in my old one, they will be done by the time I get home from work today... less than 24 hours!!
I'm loving it, hope you love yours! Can't wait to hear how the strawberries do :)
I like how even my excalibur is. Doesn't matter if it is top rack or bottom rack, everything is done the same.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25215 on: May 18, 2018, 05:29:44 PM »
Strawberries did well. 4 trays, 7-1/2 hours.
I like the heat setting capability, and the timer.
I though about saving 40-50 bucks by getting the non-timer, and going with a separate timer. Wasn't going to save that much, so got the good one.

Ust paying attention here.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25216 on: May 18, 2018, 05:43:54 PM »
Picked up egg noodles and lasagna for the storeroom.
I'm trying to fill each tub/container with different dry goods. Once I get them all full, I'll move on to something else. Most are full, or close to full.
Noodles
Elbow macaroni
Lasagna
Spaghetti
Malt-0-meal
Cream of wheat
Various beans other than pinto, navy, and white.
Mac-n-cheese

I thin we're getting close to a 2 year supply. After this years canning session, we should be close.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25217 on: May 19, 2018, 08:19:58 AM »
Got the strawberry's packed in a quart mason. 4 trays full will fill a quart.
Wife put in some apples last night, and we got a quart and a half of those.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25218 on: May 19, 2018, 08:25:47 AM »
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Sounds like you're having fun with your new toy.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25219 on: May 19, 2018, 11:37:53 AM »
8)
Sounds like you're having fun with your new toy.

Yes. Going to take eggs out of the freezer (was going to preserve that way) and try drying and grinding them. Store in masons

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25220 on: May 19, 2018, 12:38:51 PM »
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Good lord, I never thought. Thanks folks. Like I said it isn't mine but quite good in my opinion.

On a side note I used it in my canned pulled/shredded pork and it didn't taste the same as it did just mixed in with the pork before canning. I don't know why but suspect the black pepper and liquid smoke. Also I left out the butter, margarine, oleo, whatever for canning. The product still tasted good but not what I expected.

I have 5 or 6 pints left over and plan on canning it without meat this weekend. In a week or two I'll open a jar to taste.

Carl the honey sounds great in place of the brown sugar.

leave out the oleo if you are going to can it, and just add the fat when you open a can to use. It is likely not safe to can this, even pressure can, with so much fat

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25221 on: May 19, 2018, 05:29:02 PM »
leave out the oleo if you are going to can it, and just add the fat when you open a can to use. It is likely not safe to can this, even pressure can, with so much fat

Well I'm fairly new to canning but leave the fat out, absolutely. I did leave the fat out of what I canned already. I read up on stuff before starting into canning, doesn't mean I know anything so thanks for advising MM.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25222 on: May 19, 2018, 07:13:00 PM »
Couple days ago we took a specialist to check out the house we think of buying. He said the old farm buildings on property need a lot of work, but they are all in surprisingly good condition (being at least 120 years old and having zero maintenance since the 1980's). That means the walls aren't cracking, the roofs are not leaking and while the roof beams do have some woodworms in them, it's mainly surface damage and they're mostly ok. Even the old stone cellars are ok, which is good news for possible prepping supplies storage planning.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25223 on: May 20, 2018, 09:18:02 AM »
Sound good Knecht.

I canned 10 half pints of peppers this morning. That will last me a looonnnnggggg time.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25224 on: May 20, 2018, 03:21:14 PM »
Tended to my garden and started restocking my fire bricks. Taking all that junk mail and putting it to good use. Here's a link to a video if want to know how to make your own. Super inexpensive and easy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1esFi8eywI

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25225 on: May 20, 2018, 06:43:12 PM »
Finished up the egg dehydrating and canning this afternoon. Went well.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25226 on: May 21, 2018, 03:03:16 PM »
harvested chicken and duck eggs from our coops. milked the diary goats and my dad and my son planted an apple tree. my son is 7 so he loves planting trees.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25227 on: May 22, 2018, 06:34:48 PM »
Picked about 6 quarts of strawberries this evening. Second batch we've picked.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25228 on: May 23, 2018, 05:15:59 AM »
  Back to the Cancer Center to attempt to get chemo as my white cell count was too low last week,bad as I enjoy the ride,I still enjoy some longevity from the meds that I will not have without.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25229 on: May 23, 2018, 01:21:45 PM »
Today to prep, I put together some shelves and organized my prepper pantry!  Just got married and bought new house/sold old house in the last 3 months so just now getting around to this project when the budget finally allowed me to buy the right shelves.  What a relief to be able to find items easily when I need them...