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Old 08-16-2017, 04:06 PM   #51
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Green beans AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-gain! Snap snap snap snap, snapping beans. I think snapping beans is one of my most boring activities, I take off the end, snap them into 1 inch pieces, filling jars, filling jars. I'll feel better when it is all over.
Snapping green beans, shelling peas or other beans all equally tedious, boring work that makes you feel great when it's over. :)
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:11 PM   #52
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Green beans AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-gain! Snap snap snap snap, snapping beans. I think snapping beans is one of my most boring activities, I take off the end, snap them into 1 inch pieces, filling jars, filling jars. I'll feel better when it is all over.
It's mindless work, for sure. Turn on the radio or listen to a podcast. Someone somewhere is always broadcasting something you're interested in listening to
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:02 PM   #53
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Okay, I first cleaned up some german red garlic, then I invoiced two customers, really anything to avoid the beans, I ate some pasta salad, I put on a movie, then I snapped beans. I have them in the pressure cooker. Finally.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:37 PM   #54
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been canning green chile sauce and chokecherry jelly and syrup..
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:19 PM   #55
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:59 PM   #56
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I picked about 120 lbs of concord grapes today. My wife and I made 17L of juice, 15 jars of jam, and 5 pie fillings.
Still have about 40lbs left, might make a small batch of concord wine with it. I have to see if I have the room and equipment. It's getting close to harvest time and I expect to have about 200-250lbs of grapes from our backyard muscat in a few weeks, plus some merlot and riesling too. I have peach, cherry, and mixed-berry wine's all on the go already this year, plus last years muscat and Dornfelder.

Need a bigger cellar.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:54 PM   #57
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I want to make smaller batches of more things, so I bought this book - http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0762449683 - and this pot to go with it - http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-420.../dp/B00381ANTG.

Really looking forward to the opening of the farmers market in a couple of weeks and we planted most of our garden yesterday - tomatoes, hot and bell peppers, zucchini and summer squash. Still need to plant cucumbers and a few herbs.
I know this is an old post, but how has this worked out for just the two of you? It looks like something I would be able to handle in my small galley kitchen. I miss canning. But I really haven't wanted to invest from start all the equipment needed to get back into it.
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This past week end I officially ended canning season. I canned 147 pints and half pints of green chiles, green chile sauce, chokecherry syrup and chokecherry jelly. I'm a tad bit tired!
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This past week end I officially ended canning season. I canned 147 pints and half pints of green chiles, green chile sauce, chokecherry syrup and chokecherry jelly. I'm a tad bit tired!
You deserve a BIG NAP! 147, wow.

The smaller jars, pints-2 cups. We do a lot in pints as we plan to just have 2 of us here instead of 3 or more of us. The half pints-1 cup, I've used for jams and now I have a collection of at least 15 kinds. This year I finally bought some 1/2 cups, they are just 4 oz, and I'm using them for herbal syrups/natural medicine, and 4 oz is a nice size to send in lunches for sweets or cottage cheese.

I purchased 8 cases of pints to add to what we already had. I think this might completely fill the basement pantry once they are filled.

I use the half gallon jars, to store homemade vinegar. I use the quarts for tomatoes, pickles, kraut, and green beans.

If you use a lot of canning jars, in whatever size you like, Ball makes plastic lids which are great for storing in the refrigerator. We went on a picnic yesterday and put lemonade in the pint jars, that worked out great. When I use just 1/2 qt of beans, I can put a plastic lid on it and keep it in the refrigerator. They are made in both the regular and wide mouth variety and so handy.
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Visions of canning this year up in smoke. The gardening disaster, sinking garden and high heat we were unable to work in, led to just enough produce to eat out of hand while looking at the disaster. So far I have eaten 3 tomatoes, 4 peas, 2 chilies and a handful of black berries. Parents have had about the same.
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