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Old Skool - pressure canning

Discussion in 'Food, Water Storage and other Prepper Gear' started by mitchntx, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. mitchntx

    mitchntx Sarcasm Sensei TGT Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    SW of FW
    For the last couple years, we've begun canning vegetables just like my mom and her mom used to do.

    Built a small footprint, vertical garden to reduce water consumption and visited a few local farmer's markets around to supplement what the "farm". The summer sun was brutal, but we kept it going and still harvesting tomatoes. Its pretty neat to see my grand daughter walk up to the vine, pluck a cherry tomato and pop it in her mouth.

    I'm very interested in the rainwater collection rig in the other thread.


    But we were able to harvest a decent crop ...


    The wife is a savvy shopper and picked up most of the jars at Big Lots, many time at $0.50/jar.

    Neighbor has a pear tree and we put up 11 qts of pear sauce. the grand baby loves it.
    We spent a couple days shelling black-eyed peas and 30 pints.
    Lots of tomatoes, carrots, jellies and jams.

    She found a recipe for beef stew and chili ...

  2. rsayloriii

    rsayloriii TGT Addict

    May 11, 2009
    H-Town, TX
    Very nice. I can't wait to get out of an apartment so I can get back to it.
  3. reddog

    reddog Member

    Jul 19, 2013
    When we moved off grid we weren't sure how soon we would have refrigeration, among other things. We canned like crazy, mostly meat as canned vegetables were cheap enough at the store. We ate off of it for almost a year, made for such easy meals we are thinking of firing it up and canning more even though we have a freezer now that all the meat goes into. Pork, Beef, Chicken, taco meat, chili, even Bacon :) we canned it all and I highly recommend it.
  4. jordanmills

    jordanmills Well-Known

    Sep 29, 2009
    Pearland, TX
    Sounds awesome. I'm about to can some of my okra and jalapenos. My tomatoes sucked this year.
  5. mitchntx

    mitchntx Sarcasm Sensei TGT Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    SW of FW
    I'm popping open a canned beef stew for lunch today.
  6. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

    Nov 11, 2008
    Austin - Rockdale
    Yep, that's what most of my canning gets used as. All I have to do to pack my lunch is grab a jar from the pantry. It's really convenient. Whenever I find a good sale on meat, I'll buy a bunch and make various stews and chili.
  7. texcross

    texcross Active Member Admin

    Aug 28, 2013
    Sanger, TX
    WOW, I found someone that has more mason jars than I do....

    We don't do pressure canning, want to try, I use Harsch Crocks, have 3 of them and about 50 jars of ferments in my fridge. I eat about a jar every 3 days. However they have to be fridged doing the lacto-fermentation style method, but I'm doing it for health reasons....
  8. iamsamcrawdad

    iamsamcrawdad Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    Aransas Pass
    I have been wanting to do this for some time but have to convince the wife to buy the starter kit first.
  9. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

    Jul 11, 2009
    East Houston
    I don't can anything but I do use the pressure cookers for cooking almost weekly. Tonight, I whipped up 12 chicken legs in 13 minutes in the PC, slapped them on the grill with BBQ sauce and had dinner ready in 30 minutes with plenty of leftovers. I do ribs and pork roast the same way. I LOVE my pressure cookers!

  10. mitchntx

    mitchntx Sarcasm Sensei TGT Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    SW of FW

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