SP Premium
Walking Guide
Group photo
Author:
JUSTBIRDY's Photo JUSTBIRDY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (67,620)
Posts: 9,840
9/27/11 12:18 A

Send Private Message
Reply
herbs and apples this week

Leader of "Leptin and Cold Thermogenesis" sparkteam. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=52358



466 Maintenance Weeks
0
120
240
360
480
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/26/11 6:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It has been quite cool here the past few days and mushroom soup sounds real good. I have been real busy with family the past few days and everyone will be gone by Wednesday afternoon and then I will start back to dehydrating, freezing, and canning.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CD8030385 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (6,693)
Posts: 1,297
9/26/11 10:47 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Bought some mushrooms on sale at Aldi, so I dried one package in my dehydrator and will make mushroom soup with the other package.

LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/22/11 11:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I bet you are tired. I am having to take a break from putting anything up as I have company until next Wednesday and will not have time to do it. I was trying to figure out how to squeeze in more pasta sauce and canned tomatoes but then thought that family visiting was more important. I can't believe I had to even think about that one.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CD5571592 Posts: 967
9/21/11 6:09 P

Send Private Message
Reply
today I did pickled Italian-flavored zucchini, pickled green cherry tomatoes, pickled sliced green tomatoes, and pickled pepper rings. I am tired!

LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/21/11 1:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for the information, I think I am going to try this. I have basil that is just now getting big, for some reason it did not do much during the growing season, but now that it has cooled off some it is going to town.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
WATERFELON's Photo WATERFELON SparkPoints: (18,491)
Fitness Minutes: (14,563)
Posts: 489
9/20/11 11:18 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, Laurieanne
I've done it in years past. I ~think~ the trick is to get the moisture of the tomatoes and basil down to where there is not enough moisture to rot them and spoil the oil. Actually I dry the basil completely and that stores on the shelf. I'm not a food scientist, so I do not know the exact chemistry, just enough to know that water and oil don't mix!

They do not last long no matter what I do-I don't know what the stores put in theirs to make them shelf stable, but I do not keep them longer than 3 months tops. My general rule is that this is 1 item that if I find any jars on the shelf after New Years, out it goes! You can also tell it's going bad b/c the oil starts to get a smell..... So I only keep a few jars for myself as a "semi-fresh use" item and can the rest of the tomatoes.

 current weight: 234.4 
234.4
210.8
187.2
163.6
140
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/20/11 7:39 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Waterfelon - Have you done this before and if so how did it work? I have been thinking of doing it but hate to see them go bad. It would be so cool to store tomatoes this way.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
WATERFELON's Photo WATERFELON SparkPoints: (18,491)
Fitness Minutes: (14,563)
Posts: 489
9/20/11 12:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've got tomato slices in the dehydrator now, they'll take a couple of days to dry enough. Then I plan to pack them with some fresh chopped basil from my garden in olive oil for some "sun" dried tomatoes. Not really sun dried but it is so much better than store bought!

 current weight: 234.4 
234.4
210.8
187.2
163.6
140
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/19/11 3:45 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yummy peach preserves!

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
MZSLYDE01's Photo MZSLYDE01 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (8,491)
Posts: 220
9/19/11 1:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just put up 9 pints of Apple Butter and just got a 5 gallon bucket of Peaches from a friend's tree - Gotta get those babies put up tonight or tomorrow - I am thinking some Peach Preserves in the mix.

 Pounds lost: 14.4 
0
10
20
30
40
CRAZYNDNCOOK's Photo CRAZYNDNCOOK Posts: 1,310
9/19/11 1:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Today I decided to attempt Dill Pickle Slices, my pickling cukes are growing all funny shaped, big at the stem end and small and usually curled at the blossom end. I sliced all of them up. I had to use white vinegar because I couldn't find cider, and used dried dill seed instead of fresh, as that couldn't be found either. I hope they turn out, I love dill pickles. The family was complaining though when the vinegar and pickling spice mix were on the stove. Next I got to find a good sweet slice mix. I made one kind last year but they were refrigerator and ended up tossing alot of it after 4-6 months because the recipe said 3 months. I want something canned so it will keep. The kids loved those ones, they don't like dills.

 current weight: 179.6 
185
173.75
162.5
151.25
140
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/17/11 7:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Today I went to the farmers market and bought broccoli and okra and came home and got those taken care of and in the freezer.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/16/11 5:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Gemini - that is great that you were able to sell some canned goods and make room for more. I think canning is a lost art these days.

Today I am dehydrating eggplant, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers. I was hoping to can some more pasta sauce but the stand where I buy my tomatoes was out. They were also out of eggs. Seems like all the chickens in our area are on strike and not laying eggs. We were getting eggs from one of our employees and then his chickens quit laying. Today I find out that 3 farms that sell for a living are having the same problem. They have never seen anything like it.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/16/11 7:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the update for the tapioca...
Your Back to School BBQ sounds fun but I bet, a lot of work !!!!
Hope you had a great time.

I did a bunch of pepper rings yesterday. I was having a garage sale at the same time and one guy asked what smelled so good. I told him and he bought 2 quarts. (8.00 ea)
So I brought out all that I had made and out of 8 Qts and 14 pts, (a mix of sweet, mild and hot) I only have a few jars left...Mostly guys are buying them as they don't have any women in their lives that can. And they LOVE this stuff ! ! !
Well, that was profitable.
I just brought out my Salsa and Pepper Mustard to sell today.

Edited by: CANNINGNANNY at: 9/16/2011 (07:09)
Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
CRAZYNDNCOOK's Photo CRAZYNDNCOOK Posts: 1,310
9/15/11 10:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sorry for not responding earlier, been very busy and none of it preserving. I been busy with work and Back to school BBQ. But the tapioca in the pie makes the liquid clear, and you have to look to see the balls, as it is a quick cooking kind. It was the first time I ever made a pie with tapioca and know the poster of that recipe is a good cook so I trusted making that much at once.

Only things I have done lately is freezing the small amounts of veggies I have been finding in the garden: beans (yellow, purple, green and rattlesnake, all but the yellow beans turn green), peas and sugar snap peas. I am amazed because I don't feel like I have been getting much out of the garden but the ice cream pails are almost full.

Gemini, too bad you had mold on your peaches and nectarines, my peaches brought in fruit flies, for some reason they like the bathroom. I had to put up fly paper, the one in the bathroom is hanging lower because it didn't seem to catch anything up near the ceiling.

 current weight: 179.6 
185
173.75
162.5
151.25
140
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/15/11 9:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Gemini - sorry to hear about the mold on the peaches and nectarines, I hate it when that happens. I was unable to make it to my veggie stand yesterday and I only go to the farmers market once a week so I am waiting on product to put up. I know what you mean by loving being a glutton for punishment, but there is something very satisfying about seeing all those foods in the pantry.

Justbirdy - I have to watch the weather and get my sage and mint in and dehydrated before cold weather sets in. Hopefully I will have plenty of time.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/15/11 7:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm having a Garage Sale this weekend Starting Today.
But yesterday, the farmers market had Hungarian peppers. (Hot, Mild and Sweet)
So between the rain drops (it's raining today and high of 59 Brrrrr) and the garage sale, I have to put up 3/4 of a bushel of peppers.
I guess I'm just a Glutten for Punishment...I Love It ! ! !

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
JUSTBIRDY's Photo JUSTBIRDY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (67,620)
Posts: 9,840
9/14/11 10:55 A

Send Private Message
Reply
just doing herbs, hot peppers, this week

Leader of "Leptin and Cold Thermogenesis" sparkteam. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=52358



466 Maintenance Weeks
0
120
240
360
480
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/14/11 9:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
No, They got moldy really quickly. Like the next day. It was an airy light gray mold...Never saw such a thing. I talked to the farmer and he had the same problem...

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/14/11 9:16 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I too am heading to the veggie stand to see what they picked on the farm this morning.

Gemini - did you get your peaches and nectarines put up?

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/14/11 8:33 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, we're getting to the end of the season now so I'm going to the farmers market to see what deals or seconds they have for me.

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/13/11 9:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paul !!!! Where Are You ??????

Miss You ! ! !

Edited by: CANNINGNANNY at: 9/13/2011 (21:27)
Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/13/11 8:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Today I am dehydrating red bell peppers, eggplant, and okra.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/13/11 6:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yesterday was Hungarian Pepper Rings. More today.

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/12/11 7:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My mom used to do her peach pies that way and it was nice to have them in the winter and easy for her as well. I don't remember her using tapioca though.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/12/11 5:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank You I just went to the site and printed it out for future reference...Or if I get more peaches this year.

Question...When you use the tapioca, don't you have little balls in the pie?

Have a Super Day...

Edited by: CANNINGNANNY at: 9/12/2011 (05:38)
Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
CRAZYNDNCOOK's Photo CRAZYNDNCOOK Posts: 1,310
9/12/11 12:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Peach Pies are awesome, on food.com there is a recipe there that I started using last year, and again this year. I put the filling into crusts before freezing, that way I just have to pop them into the oven when I want a pie. This year I did 2 with double crusts and 2 with crust bottom and crisp topping.

http://www.food.com/recipe/freezer-peach
-pie-filling-and-pie-freezing-method-1
83269

I was looking a peaches today in the store, but decided against it, I am waiting on apple season maybe even pears too.

Edited by: CRAZYNDNCOOK at: 9/12/2011 (00:59)
 current weight: 179.6 
185
173.75
162.5
151.25
140
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/11/11 6:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, I do have a dehydrator and What a Great Idea....
I'm on it ! ! !

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/10/11 3:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like the peach salsa idea. Do you have a dehydrator? You could dehydrate both the peaches and the nectarines. Personally I have not gotten down the peach dehydrating yet, I just got some from the farmers market this morning and I am going to try again. I hope to get the the orchard early next week as this will be the end of the peach season here.



 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/10/11 7:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, My girl friend that has a fresh fruit and veggie stand, yesterday, gave me a huge flat of peaches and nectarines that have blemishes (she can't sell those)...
OMG What to do with them??? !!!!
I guess I have to go and buy more jars or condense my freezers better.
Maybe freeze them for pies in the winter...
OOOO, maybe peach salsa !!!!
Any other ideas besides jam?


Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/9/11 6:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have all the store sales flyers on the table next to my chair, I should go over there right now and start making a list of what to get and where. I have noticed these days more than before it pays to look at these ads instead of just going to the store you are comfortable with it.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/9/11 7:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Our Walmark has the cheapest jars...pints = $ 6.88 a dozen with lids.
There was a coupon in the coupon mailers for 1.00 off.

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/9/11 7:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am about to run out of jars as well. My freezers are not quite full but there is still room in my pantry. So today I am going to go see about getting some more jars so I can get back to it.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/8/11 6:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I took a break today. No tomatoes, No beans, No Peppers, No Jars ! ! !
My Pantry (Huge) and Freezers (3) are FULL ! ! !

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/8/11 9:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am working with pumpkin and tomatoes right now. I roasted a pumpkin and and going to try several soup recipes I found and probably freeze some as well.

I am going to be canning pasta sauce and tomato chunks today.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
JESSC098's Photo JESSC098 Posts: 106
9/8/11 1:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm working on pickled beets right now. My grandfather loves them, but they're in season during the hottest, most miserable time of the year, so this year I processed and chopped the beets, froze them and will can and pickle them later. This is a much better strategy than the beet-induced weekends of misery I've experienced in the past. emoticon

My goals:
Starting weight 210 1/1/12
190 4/17/12
180
170
160
150
140
130
135
120

I can do this, I know I can! www.jessc098.blogspot.com and http://www.thepennywisefamily.com


 current weight: 220.0 
220
198.75
177.5
156.25
135
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/7/11 9:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have never heard of doing them in the oven. Yesterday I did pasta sauce and will probably go get some more tomatoes from the stand down the road to do another batch today. Someone stopped by yesterday while my sauce was cooking and said it smells like garlic here you must be cooking. Since it was late in the day it was making everyone hungry. But now they are sealed and in the basement. I think I am also going to do diced tomatoes as that will not take quite as long to do as the chili sauce and the pasta sauce. I have not done this in years and I realize how much I missed seeing all those jars sealed and stored away.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/7/11 6:35 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I did 9 more pts of salsa and today is the last half bushel of tomatoes. I'm going to do more diced tomatoes. It's so easy...WELL, the processing part.
After peeling and deseeding, I dice them and put into Hot jars. Then ladle in hot water. Put on 2 pc lid and place in my preheated 210F oven.
Leave in for 1 hour, then turn off oven and leave in for 1 more hour...DO NOT OPEN OVEN (FOR THOSE 2 HOURS) AS JARS WILL CRACK.
After the first 2 hours, you can crack open the oven but leave jars in for at least one more hour. Then move to a draft free place to come to room temperature. (Can leave in oven till room temperature)
This way you don't have to water bath in batches. You can go and do some other wonderful canning while the diced tomatoes are processing in the oven.
This year, My oven fit 10 qts and 8 pints...Do Not Let them Touch in the oven.
I've been doing this for years and it works Very Well.
Enjoy.

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
9/6/11 9:47 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Deb - the storm you had is the very reason I am trying to learn to dehydrate food over putting everything in the freezer. Our power was out for over a day a few weeks ago, no storm, someone ran into a major power pole and during the winter we get several ice storms typically and lose power. I hate throwing things out of my freezer. Today I am heading out to the produce stand a few miles from our house to see what they have picked this morning and hope to can some pasta sauce or maybe tomato juice or chili sauce. I just need to see what is available today.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29
CD5571592 Posts: 967
9/4/11 4:49 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I agree, I enjoy reading what everyone is doing! Today, I roasted the 1 pumpkin my plant produced before it died. :( I made gluten free pumpkin donuts, which is my girls favorite! Then I froze the rest of the pumpkin puree. Now I am getting ready to roast the pumpkin seeds. I am going to try a caramelized spicy recipe I came across. I also cut up the watermelons from the garden. Now I am soaking the watermelon rind in a salt bath, then going to pickle them tomorrow. Yesterday, I made a huge pot of creamy tomato soup. I will be enjoying that all week long.

Any scrapes from all the cutting and peeling go to my worm compost. I think they will be happy worms for awhile!

LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
9/4/11 2:27 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The last week of July, the week before my back surgery - I canned blueberry - strawberry jam - the first I have made in several years. It is so good. Mostly blueberry, with a small proportion of strawberry.
Unfortunately, with the hurricane - I lost the frozen veggies and fruit I had due to the power outage.
Canning is hard for me with my back now. It is difficult to stand for very long at the stove.
Deb

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
~~~~~~~~~
"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


 current weight: 206.2 
218
197.25
176.5
155.75
135
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
9/4/11 8:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You All Rock ! ! ! It's so fun to read everyone's posts and the variety....
Last week I did 5 bushels of tomatoes...(I have one more that I think I'll make more salsa)
Out of 5 bushels, I got...
Juice = 1/2 gallons = 8...Qts=7
Sauce = 19 Qts.( like Ragu, w/ onions garlic, red peppers,Ready to Eat)
Salsa 5 Pts & 5 1/2 pts.
Diced - 10 Qts & 8 Pts.


Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
GJSISSON's Photo GJSISSON Posts: 988
9/3/11 1:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My cucumbers have been coming fast and furious so this past week I have made two 3 quart batches of Runge refrigerator pickles, two 2 quart jars of "Blue Ribbon" dill pickles, 3 pints of Crisp Pickled Green Beans and 5 quarts of Armenian Cuke Dill Pickles. The tomatoes are just starting to come on strong so will be roasting and freezing a few batches this week, maybe a batch of salsa as the hot peppers are ripening too! Onion crop didn't do very well so probably will buy some, but have plenty of cilantro! Melons will be ripening all at once, so deciding which ones I will make into frozen treats like sorbetto or gelato. I am having way too much fun.

Gayle


 current weight: 154.0 
160
156.25
152.5
148.75
145
CRAZYNDNCOOK's Photo CRAZYNDNCOOK Posts: 1,310
9/2/11 10:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I finally got to buy corn yesterday, I picked up 15 dozen, no you didn't read that wrong. Yesterday me and my 2 girls got down and busy, we did 8 dozen (including the 4 for dinner). We shucked, I blanched, cooked and bagged them all last night. Then sealed the FoodSaver Bags tonight, gonna wait for tomorrow to do the other 7 dozen, they are taking up the whole frig right now. emoticon , When I bought them I told the cashier she made my year. emoticon

I also picked up 10 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, 4 purple peppers, 4 un-believable huge onions and a small yellow watermelon for $61.49.

 current weight: 179.6 
185
173.75
162.5
151.25
140
CD5571592 Posts: 967
9/2/11 4:25 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I did watermelon rind the other day and plan to do more this weekend!

PINETREEGIRL's Photo PINETREEGIRL Posts: 251
9/2/11 11:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Today I'm canning Hatch green chili--I got instructions a couple years ago from the University of NM. I have about 20 pounds to can. Also, going to go pick more blackberry and freeze them--I prefer frozen over canned, since they'll most likely get used in a recipe and being cooked twice makes them mushy. I made a bit of cherry and raspberry jelly, but a lot of that will turn into gifts. The raspberry especially--we grew them, and this has been a bumper crop year.
It's been a sad tomato year so far...no canning there! Looks like I grew just enough to eat on toast :)

 Pounds lost: 2.2 
0
5.75
11.5
17.25
23
REBELBLITZ's Photo REBELBLITZ SparkPoints: (6)
Fitness Minutes: (30,495)
Posts: 1,018
8/31/11 9:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We have about 1 handful of soybeans from our garden this week. Hoped for a better crop. But these will be good steamed.

�I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts...�
� Mother Teresa


 Pounds lost: 22.0 
0
9.75
19.5
29.25
39
CANNINGNANNY's Photo CANNINGNANNY Posts: 31,680
8/31/11 6:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
More Sweet Pepper Mustard 21 pts...(Selling very well at a local market)
and Canned Salsa 11 half pints and 5 pints (mild and Hot)

Patti / NE Ohio Zone 5
Leader Putting Foods Up www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=13192

Leader Home & Garden & DIY - On A Budget www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.



 current weight: 165.0 
206
194.5
183
171.5
160
LAURIEANNIE1's Photo LAURIEANNIE1 Posts: 2,203
8/30/11 9:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I planted okra this spring and then went to see my parents in Louisiana and when I came back something (I think the deer pack that were living here for a while) ate them. So I have been buying them from the farmers market and dehydrating most of them and freezing some. Today I roasted red bell peppers and put them in the freezer.

 Pounds lost: 9.0 
0
7.25
14.5
21.75
29

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Putting Foods Up General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:

Related Topics: Natural Methods for Deterring Garden Pests  

Thread URL: https://wfl.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x8005056

Review our Community Guidelines