Does anyone preserve their food?

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  1. waretrop

    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Does anyone preserve their food? Today I am canning apple pie filling and plain apples in light syrup.

    I decided to post some pics here just for the experience. There are many more in "my garden".

    It was a bedroom with a hallway door. When I saw the house at first I said out with the door. Out it in from the kitchen and use half for my pantry and the other half is accessible from my bedroom for a walk in closet. But my pantry is the best ever.

    I also freeze some things, and have some dehydrators but don't use them much and also built a small root cellar but it's also not in use. Maybe this year we will test it.

    Barb

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    Now, that is quite the pot. You could almost take a bath in that. ;)
     
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    I actually can sit in it. As long as the heat was off.

    Barb in Pa
     
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    I can carrots, pickles, beans, Tomatos, beats. I also freeze corn. Canning is a dieing art around here. Sad but true. I love to do it.
     



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    That is an amazing cooker, not seen one like that before. It looks like a hot water bath canner. At first, when I read 80 quarts, I was trying to count if you actually had 80 quart jars in there. :rolleyes: Duh, I finally figured out that it was the size of the cookpot. Do you also use a pressure cooker for non-acid foods?
     
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    were slowly filling our root celler.
    so far this year we have done, toms, peppers, chillis, peaches, jams. plus a load of frozen veg
     
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    I have frozen a lot of garden produce this year. I wanted to learn to 'can' this year but ran out of time and produce LOL It is on the top of my list for next year :)
     
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    It's always a goal of mine. I freeze a few things, but unfortunately for my waistline it's usually cookies ;) I do dry a few herbs and freeze a few in ice cube trays too. One of these days...I hope. :stew1:
     
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    Karrma, I pc low acid foods and h2o bath high acid foods.

    Netty, I would love to see pics of your root cellar. I created one many years ago but my daughter got sick right after that and I haven't done anything with it since. I plan on watching the temp this winter and putting maybe apples and carrots in it to see how they do.

    Please post some pics????

    Barb in Pa.
     
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    Water bath, pressure canning, and freezing are all use here. I think we'll need another freezer for next year, what with squirrel, rabbit, venison, and all the domestic meat too.
     
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    I also do canning, both h2o and pc, I freeze, dehydrate herbs and make concentrated juice in my steam juice extractor and p.c. chicken and beef. I try to put up anything in the garden that I think we will eat.
     
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    Danjensen, Have a question about your root cellar. What temp do you keep it at on the Winter?. what do you keep in it?

    I will buy what ever is on sale for the week in bulk and either can or freeze it. Somethings we like canned and somethings we like frozen.

    I see asparagus is cheep this week. I would can some and freeze some. Also corned beef points are on sale so I would can that. That's my goal for now.

    Barb in Pa.
     
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    Love the size of your 80 qt pot. I can, freeze, dehydrate and love to enjoy all of those activities when the fruits and veggies are not in season. Very satisfying when you can use up everything in the garden.
     
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    :D Thanks. I just love pots so it seems that I have a million of them.

    Good to see you here.

    Barb in Pa.
     
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