"Lynda, I can imagine. I would love to get my hands on some "bonzo" beans and cranberry beans. Let me know the price, and maybe we should see how many pounds will fit in a flat rate box. LOL, maybe that is the way to…"
"ZA, preparedness goes much further than disasters. Being able to feed and clothe your family through an extended illness, or long layoffs like the ones I have seen, is also preparedness. Being able to grow sustainable food supplies,…"
"ZA, I agree with Pat. I do all I can do to be self-reliant, and practice sustainable measures. However, there has to be a balance. In 2008, I worked 5 months. In 2009, 13 weeks. In 2010, 4 months. I then took a…"
"Pat is right. Every Thanksgiving I hit the local small supermarket, and get at least seven turkeys. Those will last for the year. :) I slow roast them to get that awesome broth, then can them up. Some jars mixed, some…"
"Steve, lol. Having made bread for years does not mean that every loaf was perfect. :) Also, although I am working to adapt my own favorites, I am always up for other people's tried-and-trues. Also, if anyone…"
"I see. I also love the All American. I had one given to me...put $60 new parts on it, and had a $300 canner. They are lifetime investments. I also am using an older Mirro right now, which I put a new weight and vent tube…"
"Yolande, I have no idea what will keep a hungry bear out. I don't think I would try it right now. :( Where do you live? Predators here are coyotes, foxes, hawks, coons, and dogs. Maybe an occasional weasel or…"
"Hello. I am somewhat new here, and yesterday I really enjoyed reading this whole comment thread from the back forward to see what everyone is up to. I am getting a feel for all of your personalities, and learned a few things, too. …"
"I follow you. I just use the same process, removing and then dropping in the second batch. One of my fears was that I would lose control of the rack. Burns are not on my list of something I wanted to experience. My mom blew…"
"LOL, Pat! You are thinking too hard. I usually have the water warming as I pack the jars, then set them in the water. When the canner is full, I bring them to a boil together, and time them. As long as they all have the full…"