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#108973 Aug 13th, 2007 at 11:43 AM
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Time for another round.


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You mean everyone uses bruised fruit? I feel really silly now! I used anything that wasn't extremely bruised and mushy and felt bad for using that. At least my guilt is appeased now. lol I still have a few pounds in the fridge, so I guess I'll use those up - bruises and all. lol


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Bruised fruit has a better taste I find, nothing like using bruised mushy fruit in loafs as well. Gives it a more intense flavour.


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Much like using brown bananas as opposed to yellow ones? Although if the banana is bubbling don't use it. I had one do that to me once.... very gross.


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Bubbling bananas? lol Never seen that one.

Yup over ripe bananas go for 25 cents a pound, I freeze them in 1 cup dishes and thaw and use as needed.


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A friend who likes bananas but not spotted or streaked bananas or banana flavored foods, gave me her bananas and as I waited for them to ripen, one of them began to look like a canoe with the way it was sorta flattened in the center. When I went to peel it, it was bubbling and brewing and was completely liquefied. It had just started to ferment, I think-- Banana alcohol!


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lol Sarah, yuck.

Well, in June when I planted my garden, I threw my extra bean seeds in a flat patch of ground 2 acres back. Didn't see much growth and I just left the weeds grow with them. Kind of forgot about them after that.

While haying I stopped over to take a peak, there were bean pods. I was amazed. The weeds kept the hail from breaking the stems. There weren't many plants but last night I made 6 pints of mustard beans with what I picked, a happy start for me. Yay.


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clap Congratulations! clap

I made up 3 quarts and a large cereal bowl of salsa last night. Apparently the 3 dozen lids I bought last week have already been used. why Although I don't remember using them. I used, I think it was Rita's recipe, that was posted on the first thread. I used almost a cup of jalapeƱos, I hope it's not too spicy. It sure looks pretty though!


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Apple Pie Filling:
* 4 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 cup cornstarch
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 10 cups water
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* 6 pounds apples

1. in a large pan, mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add salt and water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and food coloring.
2. Sterilize canning jars, lids and rings by boiling them in a large pot of water.
3. Peel, core, and slice apples. Pack the sliced apples into hot canning jars, leaving a 1/2 inch headspace.
4. Fill jars with hot syrup, and gently remove air bubbles with a plastic spatula.
5. Put lids on and process in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.

Be sure to use a good tart apple or these are going to be flavorless.



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Made it to the Farmers Market, Yay. Tomorrow will be a bottling day.


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Woohoo, Tamara!

Triss, I believe it called for a drop or two of yellow but I don't like the idea of additives, so I never put it in. Not only will processing make them soft but you're going to bake them in a pie/cobbler/crisp later.

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Here are most of the jars of what I've canned, that we haven't eaten or given away. I counted 63 left.

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#110633 Aug 15th, 2007 at 12:06 PM
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Wow! Thats alot of jars! clap


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Yummy Sarah! You have been very busy lately!

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Thanks.


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#110698 Aug 15th, 2007 at 12:42 PM
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Wow Sarah.

Well today I made 8 bottles of sweet pickles, 8 bottles of mustard pickles and 9 bottles of pickled beets. Feels good to be canning.


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Here's what I canned yesterday. I just sit them on top of the wood stove for the '24 hour-don't move' time so they aren't in the way.

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Those look great, Tamara! You must've been busy yesterday with all that canning.


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I was busy but I love it. Hoping to get more cukes this week to make some different relishes.


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Well today when I went back to the woods to check the nut trees I found a patch of wild raspberries, so I ended up making 3 mini bottles of jam after supper lol


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Good going Rita.

By the way, I hate my new canner. The rack is flat and the bottles move and hit each other. When I put in a small towel to seperate them, it boils over. My pot isn't tall enough even though it states for pint jars.

Guess i'll use it for a lobster pot. Might cut down a rack and use my tall stock pot as a canner.


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Thanks so much for the salsa recipe, Rita! I loved it! I put in a cup of chopped jalapeƱos but the salsa still has a distinctive sweet flavor. Maybe from the paste or could it be my tomatoes? Next time I make the stuff, I will definitely increase the peppers up closer to the 2.5 cups. How much do you put in?


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Oh, I want to make some salsa also now. But tomatoes here are $2 a pound.


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They store-bought ones are $2.99 a lb here but the farmer's market ones are $4.59!! shock


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Originally Posted by SpringFever
This last time I put in 2 and a half cups and a good tablespoon of cayanne pepper... I think the sweet has to come from the bell pepper and tomatoe combo?
I am trying to figure out that one as well since there is no sugar in it!!
the sweet is from the tomato. tomatoes have a lot of natural sugar that when mixed with something bitter/spicy/vinegary, it comes out strong.

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Originally Posted by LandOfOz
They store-bought ones are $2.99 a lb here but the farmer's market ones are $4.59!! shock


$2 on sale at the grocery store isn't bad then. Just a few years ago I could remember getting tomatoes at 69 cents a pound.

I am scared to ask what they are at the Farmer's market here.

Everything will jump in price again this week, we are getting patchy frost now. It was 5*C(41*F) this morning and supposed to go to 2*C(36*F) tonight.

I need to go for groceries Wednesday so I'll get the rest of my canning supplies then.


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Rita is all tomatoed out then ? lol
Wish I had that problem.

Farmers Markets have gone out of hand. $4 a pound for bean pods, onions and potatoes are $1 a pound. And they wonder why each year they sell less and less. It's not even organic produce either.


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Our local farmers market is getting taken over by price-gougers. I expect the prices to be similiar to the ones at the grocery store--heck I'm willing to pay a little more for products picked when ripe instead of picked and ripened in a semi. But I'm not paying double or triple, which is what prices are at the FM here. Maybe I should go and sell my tomatoes for like a dollar a pound. lol I've been taking mine to the food bank and they are so appreciative.


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My SIL and I made 18 quarts of salsa yesterday.


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