Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Freezer Coleslaw

This year I had a few cabbages that made it, with out getting eaten by worms.  So I made up some freezer coleslaw.  I have made this before and it was a nice treat in the winter.  Start with one large head of cabbage. This is the biggest head that I have ever grown, just don't usually have good luck with cabbage in my garden.

Shred the cabbage and add 1 tsp. salt and let set for one hour.  After setting rinse the cabbage and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

To the shredded cabbage add one cup grated carrots.

In a pan on the stove put 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup cider vinegar, 1 tsp. celery seed,                   
 1 tsp. mustard seed.  Bring to a boil and pour over cabbage and carrots.  Mix together.

Place in freezer containers.  This head made four quarts.  Kept one quart out for supper.

Working on getting as much canning and freezing done before school starts and it's time to go back to work.  Will miss not being home!  I am thankful for the job that the Lord opened up for me last year and that I can be home for the summer months.

Have a great evening.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cleaning stove grates

I love Ammonia.
We brought the grates from the gas stove in our house up north home with us so I could clean them.  It looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a long time.  This is one of the better looking ones!

Not sure where I first heard about using ammonia, before using it I would use sos pads, cleaners, anything that I could think of to try and scrub them off.  Mine here at home get the worst during canning.  To use ammonia I put each grate in a zip lock back with about 1/2 cup of ammonia and let sit over night.   The next day just put them in warm soapy water and scrub off.  These grates did take a little bit of scrubbing, but most of it just washed right off.

Much better!  Some of the paint has wore off from use, but the grime is gone!  We will be going back up to the house again this weekend as soon as my DH gets home from work.  Slowly getting it back in shape.

The Amish store that my first batch of peaches came from called and they had a new order in to replace the bad peaches we got.  So thankful, now we have peaches for this winter and some fresh ones to eat.  They are very good this time.  Froze three more packages of broccoli yesterday, the plants are producing so many side shoots.  This is my first year of having good broccoli plants, last year they didn't get any heads on them.  Lots of cream of broccoli soup.

Enjoy your weekend!  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tattler Lids

My lids came last week and I have been using some of them.  So far I have used about 2 dozen, they have all sealed.  Today I have been canning some peaches and used the Tattler lids on the first batch.  Forgot to tighten the lids right away when they came out of the caner so not sure if they will seal.  I am having a problem with liquid coming out of the jars when both using the pressure caner and the hot water bath.  If anyone can give me some advice, I would appreciate it.  Before ordering anymore lids I want to figure out this problem.  Other than that I am liking them.

We have been busy on the weekends doing repairs on our home up north, the renters left and we have major work and cleaning to do.  For the next month or so on the weekends we will be spending our time up north trying to get the house ready to go back on the market.  This has been our first experience with a bad renter.  It has been hard to see the house this way, it is still my home.  A lot of good memories.  

The weather has been cooler and we have had some rain.  Waiting for FALL!!

Have a wonderful evening.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Comming Soon!

Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
Today I ordered my first set of Tattler lids.  Ordered the starter pack with 3 doz wide and narrow mouth lids.  Along with a dozen each of extra rings. Now the waiting!!  Earlier the Tattler Co. sent me a sample of 2 lids each, I have used them and love them.  Eventually I want to replace all of my lids with Tattler, will be so nice not buying lids all of the time.  It is an investment to start with, but will pay for its self very soon.

Canning some more Pickle Relish today, need to pick my beans and peppers.  Stuffed peppers for supper tonight!  

The rain passed us by this last weekend, praying we soon get rain.  Went yesterday to visit my cousins for the day, they are a little more south, some of the corn fields look so bad.  They need rain even worse than we do. 

Have a wonderful evening.