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    I needed to make room in my freezer for next season..

    We have an orchard on our property.. I made Blueberry Jam, Blackberry Jam, Pear Jam, & Strawberry Jam

    Cooling down..
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    Ooooo those look soooo yummy :D:D:D

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    Wow! Looks delicious! Reminds me of when my mother and grandmother used to can pears from a tree in the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Wow! Looks delicious! Reminds me of when my mother and grandmother used to can pears from a tree in the yard.
    I have a ton of pears and Arkansas black apples this season.. Im going to make apple butter, apple sauce, apple pie filling, pear pie filling later this week.. I ran out of lids.. :cry: otherwise I think i would of kept on canning..

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    Need my address ??? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Need my address ??? LOL
    Hey you pick em you can have em.. I can every other year.. and let friends & neighbors pick the years I don't harvest.. Its alotta work for a jar of jam..

    I spent two days picking apples and pears..I was cussing like a trucker under my breath at hubby, since Hubby stated he was 'too busy' to help.. yea right.. he made himself scarce that big dummy..

    I think that'll cost him a shopping trip to my LQS...

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    He won't be too busy to eat those jams I bet.

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    Nothing better than homemade jam. Made a bunch this summer myself.

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    Oh, yummy yum yum!! :thumbup:

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    wow! good job! now we can all come over for some coffee/tea and toast with jam! ;)

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    Good for you! I used to do all that when the kids were young. I grew up in an apple orchard, so I know every way possible to use an apple. I used to make apple butter, grape jam, plum jam. My kids didn't know what store-bought jam tasted like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt

    I spent two days picking apples and pears..I was cussing like a trucker under my breath at hubby, since Hubby stated he was 'too busy' to help.. yea right.. he made himself scarce that big dummy..

    I think that'll cost him a shopping trip to my LQS...
    Make him pay!!

    Yummmm! You did have a lot of work for all of those jars!

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    I love making jam! So far this year I've done apple and plum.

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    I would do canning too if I had the fruits free to me. I would be going crazy canning.
    I am sure it's all worth it in the end.

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    My neighbor has an apple tree, I could see it from my sewing area. Last year she made such a big deal she gave some to one of the other neighbors, she said enough for a pie. This woman doesn't cook EVER and yet she never offerend me any. I would have made applebutter and jelly and would have given her some. it bothers me to no end that the apples fall to the ground and it is good food being wasted.



    I have a loaf of bread rising I will be at you house when it is baked. Your jams look yummmmmmooooooo I will have the blueberry.

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    Those jars of jam bring back happy memories of helping my mom to can fruit and make all kinds of jams and marmalade, she even did something with uncooked eggs to keep them over the winter. My hubby makes some lovely apple and tomato chutney, nothing tastes as good as home made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I needed to make room in my freezer for next season..

    We have an orchard on our property.. I made Blueberry Jam, Blackberry Jam, Pear Jam, & Strawberry Jam
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm I can taste them now on homemade biscuits! I love homemade jam. Good for you!!

    I can also, although not this year. I tend to do it every other year. I have never canned anything in a pressure canner until last year. I asked my DH for a pressure canner for Christmas 2 years ago and, of course, I got one. My mother use to can her own soups before I came along. Well, I worked up the courage and made big stock pots of chicken noodle, vegetable, bean and split pea soups. I also did some chili. It turned out great! Nothing like a cold winter day and going down to the pantry and opening a jar of soup. Plus it is healthier, not all that salt that store bought has. And more room in my freezer and no waiting for it to thaw when the cravings strike!!! 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Good for you! I used to do all that when the kids were young. I grew up in an apple orchard, so I know every way possible to use an apple. I used to make apple butter, grape jam, plum jam. My kids didn't know what store-bought jam tasted like.
    Grann, I need other ideas what to do with apples... We have soooooooo much and it would be nice to have a variety to choose from over the year..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I needed to make room in my freezer for next season..

    We have an orchard on our property.. I made Blueberry Jam, Blackberry Jam, Pear Jam, & Strawberry Jam
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm I can taste them now on homemade biscuits! I love homemade jam. Good for you!!

    I can also, although not this year. I tend to do it every other year. I have never canned anything in a pressure canner until last year. I asked my DH for a pressure canner for Christmas 2 years ago and, of course, I got one. My mother use to can her own soups before I came along. Well, I worked up the courage and made big stock pots of chicken noodle, vegetable, bean and split pea soups. I also did some chili. It turned out great! Nothing like a cold winter day and going down to the pantry and opening a jar of soup. Plus it is healthier, not all that salt that store bought has. And more room in my freezer and no waiting for it to thaw when the cravings strike!!! 8-)
    I never thought of canning soups and chili beans. I always freeze them. How long of a shelf life do they have? I wonder if this would work for chicken noodle cassarole or a chicken and rice cassarole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Good for you! I used to do all that when the kids were young. I grew up in an apple orchard, so I know every way possible to use an apple. I used to make apple butter, grape jam, plum jam. My kids didn't know what store-bought jam tasted like.
    Grann, I need other ideas what to do with apples... We have soooooooo much and it would be nice to have a variety to choose from over the year..
    You can make apple cider and freeze it. I follow a blog and they just did that. If you can't bring them some place to have the apples pressed into cider you can do it will a juicer. however since the juicer removes the juice from the apple and still leaves the apple pulp I would take the pulp put it in a pot add water, you will still have the apple flavor it is just missing all the juice and I would make apple butter or apple sauce with the pulp. or freeze it and use the pulp in replace of bananas in banana bread adding cinnamon cloves and nutmeg to the recipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I never thought of canning soups and chili beans. I always freeze them. How long of a shelf life do they have? I wonder if this would work for chicken noodle cassarole or a chicken and rice cassarole?
    I canned leftover turkey one year. just made a big pot of turkey and broth. It lasted the whole year and was so easy and good!. I need a new seal on my canner though so haven't done much this year. I've got 25 lbs of pintos though I am thinking of canning.

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    They look wonderful, I usually can peaches but was gone when they were on so did not get any this year. We will surely miss them this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I needed to make room in my freezer for next season..

    We have an orchard on our property.. I made Blueberry Jam, Blackberry Jam, Pear Jam, & Strawberry Jam
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm I can taste them now on homemade biscuits! I love homemade jam. Good for you!!

    I can also, although not this year. I tend to do it every other year. I have never canned anything in a pressure canner until last year. I asked my DH for a pressure canner for Christmas 2 years ago and, of course, I got one. My mother use to can her own soups before I came along. Well, I worked up the courage and made big stock pots of chicken noodle, vegetable, bean and split pea soups. I also did some chili. It turned out great! Nothing like a cold winter day and going down to the pantry and opening a jar of soup. Plus it is healthier, not all that salt that store bought has. And more room in my freezer and no waiting for it to thaw when the cravings strike!!! 8-)
    I never thought of canning soups and chili beans. I always freeze them. How long of a shelf life do they have? I wonder if this would work for chicken noodle cassarole or a chicken and rice cassarole?
    To clarify, I have never canned chili beans, In fact I make my chili without beans because my canning book says not to can anything already processed. As far as shelf life, I just opened a jar of 10 bean soup yesterday that I canned last December, and it was fine! I always smell my products first though. I don't know about casseroles, but why not? My canning book, didn't tell me to put noodles or rice in my chicken soup before canning, but I did and it as just fine. Do u have a food saver? Casseroles could be put in there, then heated up in the bag dropped in boiling water. I do that with mac and cheese. Ok, I have to go now, just made myself hungry!!!

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    Never thought of using my food saver like that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I needed to make room in my freezer for next season..

    We have an orchard on our property.. I made Blueberry Jam, Blackberry Jam, Pear Jam, & Strawberry Jam
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm I can taste them now on homemade biscuits! I love homemade jam. Good for you!!

    I can also, although not this year. I tend to do it every other year. I have never canned anything in a pressure canner until last year. I asked my DH for a pressure canner for Christmas 2 years ago and, of course, I got one. My mother use to can her own soups before I came along. Well, I worked up the courage and made big stock pots of chicken noodle, vegetable, bean and split pea soups. I also did some chili. It turned out great! Nothing like a cold winter day and going down to the pantry and opening a jar of soup. Plus it is healthier, not all that salt that store bought has. And more room in my freezer and no waiting for it to thaw when the cravings strike!!! 8-)
    I never thought of canning soups and chili beans. I always freeze them. How long of a shelf life do they have? I wonder if this would work for chicken noodle cassarole or a chicken and rice cassarole?
    To clarify, I have never canned chili beans, In fact I make my chili without beans because my canning book says not to can anything already processed. As far as shelf life, I just opened a jar of 10 bean soup yesterday that I canned last December, and it was fine! I always smell my products first though. I don't know about casseroles, but why not? My canning book, didn't tell me to put noodles or rice in my chicken soup before canning, but I did and it as just fine. Do u have a food saver? Casseroles could be put in there, then heated up in the bag dropped in boiling water. I do that with mac and cheese. Ok, I have to go now, just made myself hungry!!!

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    I'll just bet you're pooped! That looks like a time consuming chore. We have recently started canning up produce & it's a hot, tiring job. But, OH! The "fruits" of our labor are wonderful on a hot biscuit in the middle of winter.

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