Canning, Freezing, & Preserving...

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Canning, Freezing, & Preserving...
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 9:21am

Even though we’re due for 6-8” of snow tonight, I’m itching for spring!

I can’t wait for the garden fresh produce and the farmers market!

Do you have a garden?

What do you normally plant in it?

If you don’t have a garden, how do you get your fresh produce (besides the grocery)?

Does anyone do any canning, freezing, or other preserving of any fresh foods? 

What do you usually “put up” and how do you preserve it?

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Registered: 07-23-1998
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 1:51pm

Do you have a garden? No

What do you normally plant in it? We tried tomatoes last year and something kept eating them.

If you don’t have a garden, how do you get your fresh produce (besides the grocery)?  Just the grocery

Does anyone do any canning, freezing, or other preserving of any fresh foods?  I don't

What do you usually “put up” and how do you preserve it?

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 12:54pm

most certainly.

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 12:04pm

And then please share, Susan.

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 11:24am

I didn't think of that...sorry Grandma! 

I am super excited to try this strawberry jam recipe...

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/05/10/how-to-can-some-jam-a-simple-method-without-pectin/

no added sugar or pectin!  The girls will go strawberry picking with my sister this summer.  YUMMY!

I'm waiting on an email back from my cousin that is married to an Italian guy to see if I can get the family pasta sauce recipe.  I hope so...I'll can the heck out of that!

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 11:04am

My grandmother would roll over in her grave if I told her I froze beans.  Cooking "southern" is important in the south.   Green beans are canned, not frozen.   I have never eaten a frozen green bean other than the ones that are in the mixed veggie bag I add to vegetable soup.  

I wish I had time to can again.   I really liked it.   We put up about 30 jars of beans each summer. 

I keep saying I am going to make strawberry jelly and never do.   Maybe this will be my summer for it.   I have homemade spaghetti sauce with my garden tomatoes and peppers.   I froze that.   I didn't think it tasted great.   Probably a bad recipe.   It didn't have much flavor and it was too thin.

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:32am

Do you have a garden?

I have in the past.  It keeps getting smaller and smaller.  My yard is pretty shaded and nothing does real well.

What do you normally plant in it?

Last year I had onions, cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes.  The lettuce was the only thing worth talking about.

If you don’t have a garden, how do you get your fresh produce (besides the grocery)?

I buy most of it at a local farmer's market.

Does anyone do any canning, freezing, or other preserving of any fresh foods? 

I started canning last year and have also froze things for years.  

What do you usually “put up” and how do you preserve it?

Freezing I do sweet corn, green beans, and applesauce.  Canning I plan to do salsa, pickles, tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, strawberry jam, apple pie filling, and anything else that is easy enough and I have the produce for.  I emailed DH's cousin and she sounded excited about my questions and said she would love to can with me this summer.  Yeah!

Tracy - I don't know if I've ever had canned green beans, but freezing them is easier than easy!  I did a half a bushel in a couple hours.  That's snapping them and all. 

There's nothing like fresh produce in the winter!

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 9:32am

Even though we’re due for 6-8” of snow tonight, I’m itching for spring!   GAG on the snow.   Just rain here.

I can’t wait for the garden fresh produce and the farmers market!

Do you have a garden?  Yes

What do you normally plant in it?   Bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, broccoli, watermelon, strawberries, blackberries and basil.   I did tomatoes for years and I never eat them because I don't like them.   So it was hard, but I finally quit growing them.  I am going to add some garlic plants this year.

If you don’t have a garden, how do you get your fresh produce (besides the grocery)?  Grocery or Farmer's Market.   My biggest problem with that is that the best one is on the weekend.   I am at a softball or baseball tournament every weekend in the summer. 

Does anyone do any canning, freezing, or other preserving of any fresh foods?   My mom and I used to can green beans.   I haven't done it in years.   The kids grew up and I ran out of time.

What do you usually “put up” and how do you preserve it?   NA

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