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Anyone into canning? Preppers?

Discussion in 'Food Talk' started by FumundaTundra, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Jul 22, 2016 at 5:44 AM
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    Just wondering if any of you are into canning at all. My Wife and I can all the time. Anything from peaches, jams and jellies to taco meat and more.

    Do you can?
     
  2. Jul 22, 2016 at 6:07 AM
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    I "can" go right to the store. Buahhaaaaahaaaaahhaa

    Not a bad idea to can food. What do you need?

    Some of my friends can foods, but really isn't that good. Any foods you stay away from?
     
  3. Jul 22, 2016 at 6:23 AM
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    Done properly, home canned foods are FAR better than anything you can get off the shelf.

    For basic canning, jams, jellies, pickles and such, a "cold bath" canning set up is fine. That's the one most are familiar with, big blue speckled pot full of boiling water that you put your jars full of stuff in.

    For meats, sauces and foods that have "special needs" a pressure canner is needed. These can be very expensive. Our All American pressure canner cost over $300! However, we have canned stew meat and ready to eat taco meat with it and that stuff is simply delicious!

    You have to have basic knowledge of canning to figure out what you need to can what you want. It's a lot like reloading ammunition, you gotta read the manual.

    Oh, and it is a lot of fun! Maybe I'm just old and easily entertained. :rofl:

    Foods to stay away from? I'd say don't can anything you don't like. Lol!
     
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  4. Jul 22, 2016 at 6:31 AM
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    Great information. Something to concider for longer term storage solutions.

    Thank you.
     
  5. Jul 22, 2016 at 6:32 AM
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    So it's like vaccum sealing?
    How do you figure out the expiration date?
     
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  6. Jul 22, 2016 at 7:09 AM
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    Yeah, mostly. The main difference is that the boiling kills any bacteria that may be present. In fact, most of your vacuum sealers now come with a Mason jar attachment just for vacuum sealing.

    Expiration dates are figured by some gubment health organization and can be looked up. For me, basically, if it doesn't smell bad when opened and the taste and consistency is ok, imma gonna eat it. Lol!! There have been reports of VERY old canned goods being consumed with no ill effects. Not my cup of tea though.
     
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  7. Jul 22, 2016 at 7:19 AM
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    Sweet. I'll definitely be lookin into this!
    You have the same outlook as me...if it don't kill ya.... LOL
     
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    Yep. If you get Montazuma's revenge, throw that batch out. :crapstorm:
     
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    As a kid I had to help out with canning Peaches, pears, nectarines and a lot of tomatoes. Lots of string beans too. Then there was the jams and jellies. Didn't have store bought bread until the second grade always home made.

    It took all summer but well worth it. Mom also figured out how to make 5 qts of yogurt at a time in her canning pot using low heat. Also had land o lakes dried whole milk which at the time was cheaper to buy than quarts/ gallons of milk, not true today. Today anything you make from scratch is probably better for you than store bought.
    Post up some pics of your pantry sometime!
     
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    There is research suggesting our gut enzymes are out of whack with all the processed foods we eat and how essential they are to our well being:

    http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112205/interesting_facts.htm
     
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    Oh I know it. I buy organic and get whole foods from farmers markets. Not to say I don't eat at five guys sometimes :anonymous:
     
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    I usually prep with guns and ammo and knives....If it comes down to it, shoot it, kill it, skin it, eat it.
     
  13. Jul 22, 2016 at 7:23 PM
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    Always have to be so technical don't you. Can't I just have one thing that's mine! ;)
     
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    No, you wanted to say it...just didn't.
     
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    You don't REALLY think there are that many there, do you? :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, I know 5. It is a start....
     
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    Are fried pickles, tomatoes, and catfish considered whole foods?
     
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    Down here, it's considered superfoods. Along with po' boys, crawfish, and jambalaya!!

    Whole 'nother level Steve-O!!
     
  22. Jul 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM
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    I made and canned alot of strawberry and raspberry jam last year. So good. Way better than you can buy at the store. Pretty easy too.
     
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    YESSSS! This! There is nothing better than fresh canning your own jams and jellies! :hungry:
     
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    The cooling off after you set the lid causes a vacuum and you can hear the lids pop inward with an audible snap. If the lids have popped back outward either the seal is broken or the contents are starting to ferment or rot.

    Used to be hard core about subsistence life style and prepping, damn zombies never showed up! Bride ground grain for bread, milked goats, made cheese and yogurt. One year we even grew peanuts n made peanut butter . Too damn much work in AZ. I built stuff, trapped for pelts, and worked on local ranches building fence and clearing trails mostly. Now I supervise construction work.

     
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    gosolo,
    It's certainly easier to go to the store for what we need then to do it ourselves. You have good skills to have with or without zombies! You could probably teach your skills at a college level. Just sayin'.
     
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    You would be disappointed around here.
     
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