Saturday, March 7, 2015

Canning Update

Just a short post to give the results of the canning marathon that has been going on here.

Applesauce - 12 pints
Mixed vegetables - 20 pints
Green beans - 23 pints
Fruit juice - 45 pints

I lost one pint of mixed vegetables when the bottom broke out of the jar in the canner.  I don't know why that happens.  It just does.  Thankfully, jars rarely break.

Until I am able to be out and about myself, I will shop the store sales every two weeks for grocery delivery.  What I add to my food storage will depend on what is on sale.  I have found that the people who take my grocery order over the phone have a computerized grocery list to go by.  That list doesn't always include what I might buy, like the 5 lb. boxes of bacon ends and pieces or some of the foods that come in #10 cans that I re-can in smaller jars.  Those things will wait until I can go get them myself.  I still have the handy dandy little old lady shopping cart and I haven't forgotten how to use it!  (grin)

On a personal note, I am celebrating the fact that I no longer need bandages on my right leg.  I have graduated to a compression sock only, to help control fluid build-up in my lower leg.  The left leg is more problematic, but nevertheless is healing.  The home care nurses tell me that hopefully, within a month, that leg will no longer need the protective bandages.  And when that happens, look out world, for here I come!


  1. I wish our grocery store sold boxes of bacon ends. I can buy "flats" of bacon scraps, but mostly they are all fat and I use them to make the dog food more palatable for the dogs. But bacon ends sounds like something you could fry up with eggs.

    I'm glad you are getting to feel better.

  2. Harry...My local Cub Foods carries bacon ends and pieces in 5 lb. boxes. The price figures out to half of what we pay for a pound of sliced bacon. I kind of have to pick through the contents, but when all is said and done I usually wind up with some really nice slices for frying, some bigger chunks for baked beans or casseroles and some odds and ends. I freeze the slices and chunks. The rest I cut into about 1-inch pieces, brown them, drain off the grease (That's a bonus. I save the grease.) and can them in half-pint jars, which are really good for sprinkling on a salad or adding to scalloped potatoes or mixing with scrambled eggs and cheese. And right now I am all out! That's my first purchase when I can get to the store myself! Thanks for the good wishes. It is coming along slower than I would like, but I guess I can live with that.

  3. Glad to hear tge bandages are off - that must be a relief.

    Any news on your new abode?

  4. Thanks, Dani...It is a relief. I think I may stay right where I am. I have been given a clean bill of health concerning stairs, and once the legs are healed they should not be a problem. I have been here for 17 years and really am happy here.

  5. Just said another prayer for your healing.

  6. Thank you, Gorges...I know I can always count on you.

  7. Hey Sis, sounds like you are working on a great plan. Sometime this summer I want a dehydrater. I see bacon ends and pieces here but it looks fatty. I passed on a beard maker today for free, as I would have to drive to Buffalo. That burns gas and then its not free. I see some at the thrift store from time to time. May buy one will see.

  8. Hey Rob...I really like my dehydrators. Most of what I dehydrate I use for soups and that's where a crock pot really comes in handy. Some vegetables rehydrate quickly and others take more time. Crock pot really works great.

    The thrift shop here has bread machines every now and then. Do your research. Some are really good and others, not so much. I think if I had one I would probably use it more for mixing and kneading and then bake in the oven. If you get one, let me know how you like it.