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Old 08-09-2014, 01:12 PM   #21
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I can because it is so rewarding. I know what is in it,
better yet what's not in it.
I can lots of veggies, meat, I also can dry beans.
Make pickles and a few jams and jellies.
Freeze corn, peas, okra make sauer kraut.
If you come to visit my house you would be well fed.

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Old 08-09-2014, 01:30 PM   #22
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I can, cook, bake, because I then know what is in my food. I do it for me and my benefit, others are welcome to enjoy, too!
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #23
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Come on down, I will even introduce
you to Wally our 10 foot gator.

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Old 08-09-2014, 01:48 PM   #24
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I haven't canned for several years because it requires more stamina than I usually have. But I used to do it on a regular basis and it was for many reasons.
- the joy of making something with fresh produce
- having product we could enjoy
- having gifts ready any time we were invited to someone's house.
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:16 PM   #25
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I bet I'm the only regular at DC who has never canned anything in my life.

I've been gifted with home canned foods at times, and to be honest I'm slightly afraid of it. I certainly appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gift but it bothers me some about the reliability of it being done properly in food safety terms. I'll stick to store bought canned goods myself.
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:23 AM   #26
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Why? No particular reason beyond the fact it's something I enjoy doing.
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When I canned it was more about preserving memories than preserving food.

I still get the urge to "put up" chili sauce, corn relish or bread and butter pickles.
I get a huge sense of satisfaction and I also love the memories canning triggers for me. It helps keep me tied to my roots.

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I can, cook, bake, because I then know what is in my food. I do it for me and my benefit, others are welcome to enjoy, too!
The biggest reason I started canning was to know what is in my food.

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I bet I'm the only regular at DC who has never canned anything in my life.

I've been gifted with home canned foods at times, and to be honest I'm slightly afraid of it. I certainly appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gift but it bothers me some about the reliability of it being done properly in food safety terms. I'll stick to store bought canned goods myself.
Kayelle, I started with the Ball Canning Book and small-batch canning. Little steps.

Yesterday, my 14-Day Pickles were ready for canning. I cannot wait to give them a proper try. Aunt Bea helped with a recipe!


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Old 08-10-2014, 01:39 AM   #27
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Kathleen your pickles are beautiful.

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Old 08-10-2014, 02:47 AM   #28
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Kathleen your pickles are beautiful.

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Thank you, Josie. I'm channeling Momma. She made the most delicious pickles. When the last jar was opened, it was so unsettling that *someone* had to make more. Back to the comments from others about remembering and memories - I had to learn to make them.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:37 AM   #29
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I know what you mean. Momma
made the most awesome relish with ripe
tomatoes not green ones. I have probably
canned at least 200 pints of relish over the
last 30 years and still haven't got it right.
She was a genius.

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:15 AM   #30
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For some strange reason, Momma always made it better and we as her children just can't seem to make it the same. Even if we are using her recipes. I will never emulate my mother's meatloaf and I have stopped trying. I have settled for the recipe that is as close to hers as I can get. When I am in heaven I will ask her. And then we are going to make it for everyone there. What a feast we will all have. We will save some for you late comers.
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