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Ask Jackie Online Archive
By Jackie Clay

      While Ask Jackie continues as a regular feature in the print issue of Backwoods Home Magazine, Ask Jackie Online is now part of the BHM Blogs.
      To Ask Jackie a question on any aspect of low-tech, self-reliant living, please Click Here to visit her blog.
      Selected questions may appear in the print issue of Backwoods Home Magazine. To be considered for print publication, questions MUST include your full name, city, and state.
      Please note that immediate and/or individual personal replies are not possible.

Click Here for the Ask Jackie blog




May 10, 2007 - Transplanting tomatoes, One-piece jar lids, Making powdered eggs, What to plant in hoop house, Smelly canned beets, Canning Indian curry, Recipe for hot pickles, Drying popcorn, Canning honey, Grain mills, Trimming tough hooves, Potato water as leavening

April 26, 2007 - Canning frozen venison, Minimal planting descriptions, Chokecherry jam, Separating water from concentrate, Lime stains on canning jars, Tomato soup recipe, Canning beef tallow, Hot BBQ sauce, Non electric milker, Canning homemade stew, Old canned venison

April 11, 2007 - Yuck on the bottom of canner, Yogurt from powdered goat’s milk, Choosing a wood cook stove, Ticks, Making corn brooms, Frozen jam, Do eggs need to be refrigerated?

March 23, 2007 - Citron melon, Canning in a pressure cooker, Canning minestrone soup, Canning gumbo, Canning salad dressing, Canning frozen orange juice, High altitude pressure, Self-sufficiency on 5 acres

February 14, 2007 - Canning times for meats, Chickens not eating corn, Raccoons eating corn, Canning in tin, Using home-canned meat, Canning moose meat, Pickled beets, Inverting jelly jars, Canning new potatoes, Icicle pickles, Burdizzon castration

January 31, 2007 - Clabbering milk, Canning rice, Squirt guard for Victorio strainer, Moldy wheat flour, Feeding corn stalks to horses, Canned kraut unsealed, Polled goats, Canning milk-based sauces

January 24, 2007 - Butchering ducks, Canning chili beans, Canning pesto, Turning crystallized honey back to liquid, Using hay for mulch, Going off-grid, Canning cobbler, Canning pickled fish and growing in poor soil, Hickory syrup, Test tomatoes for acidity

January 17, 2007 - Canning pureed bananas, Canning gravy, Best stove for canning, Canning homemade sausage, Corn relish, 3-day pickles, Canning meat-based soups, Prickly pear jelly

January 10, 2007 - Canning sun-dried tomato pesto, Canning apple slices, Removing black walnut stain from hands, Forage for livestock, Canning pumpkin, Thin-sliced dried beef, Squash borers

January 3, 2007 - Salad okra, Canning cream cheese-based soups, Freezing food in jars, Wild boar sausage, Canning venison, Pressure cooking on a wood range, Canning soymilk

December 27, 2006 - Canning chocolate and caramel sauce, Refrigerator pickles, Making yeast, Letting jars cool in the canner, Orange pickled beets, Canning potatoes & frozen corn, Canning mushrooms

December 20, 2006 - Canning cheese, Small goats, Canning menudo, Pitted canner, Eliminating moles, Canned chili with air bubbles, Fluoride in sweetgum?, Old sweet pickles, Can lids getting loose, Chainsaw blade getting dull too fast

December 13, 2006 - Water bath carrots?, Making sauerkraut, Frozen Hopi Pale Gray, Cloudy pickles, Water bath grape juice, Wool as insulation, Canning coconut milk, Canning cream-based dip

December 6, 2006 - Canning pork stock, Removing soap from a straining cloth, Ethiopian vegetable stew, Pomegranate leather, Carob Pods, Watery marmalade, Hulling English walnuts

November 29, 2006 - Cold Cabinet, deer remnants as fertilizer, Sealing pickled beets, Sour goats milk, Canning cream cheese based soups, Canning your own recipes, Mushy boiled potatoes, Pickling lime, Canning herbs

November 21, 2006 - Pressure cooking jelly, Canning pickled eggs, Runny salsa, Putting cool jars in a hot water bath canner, Making kefir, Wild land into pasture, Venison lard for lye soap, Canning in the oven, Making lard from pig fat, Canning margarine in spaghetti sauce, Life of canning lids

November 13, 2006 - Roasting and canning peppers, Homemade soap clogging drains, Canning canned clams, Floating peaches, Canning personal recipes, Canning kohlrabi and sun-dried tomatoes, Canning chili, Canning spaghetti sauce with cheese, Canning hot sauce, Peppers in vinegar, Mushy hot peppers, Canning juice, Rubbery jam, Jalapeno jelly, Canning mashed potatoes, Canning with maple syrup

October 26, 2006 - Broken seals, Chokecherry jelly, Corn for flour, Holsteins for beef, Dehydrating meats, Canning cherry tomatoes, Stacking pints, Pickling lime, Canner boiling dry, Jars boiling over, Old-fashioned mincemeat, Canning potato soup, Freezing rice, Raising asparagus, Growing and preserving citron melon, Cloudy pickle juice, Concentrating grape juice, Mirro pressure canner, Field corn and washing soda, Purple hull peas, Fruit juice into fertilizer

October 5, 2006 - Canning cream soups, Canning butter, Tomato puree & thickening the sauce, Moldy apple butter, Canning water level, Homemade Manwich sauce, Make brine in advance? -

September 11, 2006 - Cracked tomatoes, How long do canned goods last?, Sliced pickles, Is plastic bucket okay for brine?, Dehydrating eggs, Rabbit sausage, Pickling brine

August 30, 2006 - Canning jars losing water, Controlling horse flies, Which vinegar?, Rotenone, Cooking jowl, Canning borscht, Preserving cucumbers

August 15, 2006 - Canning hummus, Okra cultivation, Pickle problem, A bad egg?, Canning "greens", Frozen tomatoes, Keeping whey fresh

August 5, 2006 - Bread as cattle feed, Canning tartar sauce?, Bleeding Beets, Sauerkraut, More Sauerkraut, Canning garlic, Making sterile dressings

July 25, 2006 - Taco sauce, barbecue sauce, and corn relish recipes, Canned tomato sauce recipe, Sour pickle recipe, Canning hot peppers

July 15, 2006 - Refried beans/whole wheat pasta/summer squash, Processing potatoes, Goat milk for lactose intolerance?, Water bath spaghetti sauce, Moving asparagus, Shelf life for dry milk, Not my article on okra

July 8, 2006 - Growing grain, Canning salsa, Growing potatoes, Canning jalapenos, Pickling peppers, Chicken health & feed, Loquats

June 21, 2006 - Canning German style cabbage, Favorite tomatoes and peppers, Canning tapioca, Canning dry bread ingredients, You can can on ceramic cooktops, Enjoy clam chowder at sea, Flat-bottomed water bath canner

June 10, 2006 - Keeping canned jalapenos crunchy, Fencing steep slopes, Canning quick breads and yeast breads, Canning home recipes, Grinding flour without a grain mill, Canning bulk dry goods, Generator oil, Seal-a-meal bags

June 3, 2006 - Cilantro cubes?, Which pressure canner?, Canning fish, Ideas for milk products, Hopi Grey Squash seed source, Persian Lime problem

May 27, 2006 - Soft pickles, Old canning jars, Grape ideas, Tics, Preparng black walnuts, Canning bean dip

May 12, 2006 - Is pressure canning necessary?, Canning chicken and dumplings, Seaweed fertilizer, Homemade baby food, Eating honeycomb, Mushy canned veggies, Bread for diabetics, Hopi Pale Grey seed supply

May 3, 2006 - Popped canning lids, Building a greenhouse, Buffalo wings and canning without liquid, Reheating unused lids, Canning beef, Ceramic-top ranges, Orange and lemon peels, Canning with milk products

April 25, 2006 - Saving asparagus beds, Canning horseradish, Old canned food, Rennet source, Hopi Pale Grey seed available, Pressure canner and cleaning jars, Stocking the pantry, Canning sausage

April 15, 2006 - Cattle questions, Thanks for the inspiration, Leggy tomatoes, Banana jam, LDS canneries, Steam canner, Shelf-life of pickles

April 3, 2006 - Cleaning cast iron pans, Reusing canning jars and lids, Canning in cans, Recycling dressing jars, Reusing lids, Wild sugar, Storing honey

March 26, 2006 - Hopi Pale Grey squash seed source, Morning glory removal & soil conditioning, Vinegar, Canning chicken

March 15, 2006 - Making molasses, Dried beef, Old flour, Hybrid seeds, and Hopi Pale Gray squash, Elderberry juice

March 11, 2006 - Buckwheat yeast pancake recipe, Pressure canner, Creamed beef, Storing butter, Canning potatoes with onions, Weeds, Making butter, Mormon canneries, Grain mill, Citron, Canning baked beans, Spoiled preserves, When to slaughter cows, Bathing jelly, Canned goods

March 8, 2006 - Recipes for milo, Horseradish, Canning Brunswick stew, Banana jam, Making cheese from dried milk

March 3, 2006 - Drying pumpkins, Storing honey, Drying venison, Digging chickens

February 24, 2006 - Sealing jelly with hot wax, Canning beets, Vegetable beef soup, Canning bands and lids, Finding pigweed, Feeding steer, rabbits, & goats


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