Best variety of wheat for flour
We are going to plant some wheat to harvest for flour. What is the best variety for flour?
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
You’ll want a hard spring wheat. I prefer a red wheat, but any good variety will sure make some good flour for you. — Jackie
New pressure canner
I am new to canning and am doing a test run with my new pressure canner. I am practicing at 10 pounds pressure for 75 minutes. In getting my canner to 10 lbs, initially it went over by about 4 lbs. I already had the timer on. As long as it doesn’t go below the recommended pressure can I still keep timing or do I need to reset the timer?
Yes, going over pressure by a few pounds is not any concern. We try to maintain the correct pressure but sometimes we just don’t watch it close enough. As long as the pressure doesn’t drop below the correct pressure needed for safe canning, you’re good to go. You’ll find that you soon LOVE your canner and all the great food you are putting on the pantry shelves! — Jackie
Jackie, I recently bought a 12 lb can of honey. I need to put this in smaller amounts and want to can it in pint jars. How do I go about this? Does it have to be heated, put in water bath or pressure and for how long?
Mrs. Otho Laurance
Canyon City, Oregon
Good news! You don’t even need to process your honey in a canner. Just pour it into sterilized jars to within ½ inch of the top and put on a sterilized canning lid and screw down the ring. Your honey is good to go for years and years. If it should get cool and get crystallized, just warm it up in a pan of hot water and it will again get liquid. — Jackie
Chickens ate pesticide
I usually don’t use any pesticides, but the ants have been so bad- SWARMING inside and outside my house this spring that I finally broke down and got some Amdro. None of the natural products I tried were helping at all. Well, now I am regretting it! My free ranging chickens found the pile and ate it. It has been a few days and none of them got sick, for which I am grateful, but I am wondering if I should throw out their eggs for the next week so we don’t ingest the stuff. What do you think?
Discarding the eggs would probably be a good idea. I think a week should do the trick. I’d hate to be eating eggs tainted with pesticide, too. — Jackie