Planting beans late
I have some room in my garden due to harvesting my beets. I’d like to plant dry beans; jacob’s cattle, etc. It is July 21 here in Central Missouri and I’d like to know if there is enough time for this crop before frost. Thanks!
I think you’re getting pretty late for those. How about planting some bush beans to use as green beans; or plant carrots or turnips? These are all either shorter season or frost-tolerant crops that are more of a sure-harvest. — Jackie
How do you calculate how much meat per jar to prepare? I live in town and have to buy my meat.
Blue Hill, Nebraska
Mom taught me at an early age “A pint’s a pound the world around!” You’ll never come out exact, but by using this old rhyme, it’ll help. Therefore, if you want to can up five pints of ham, you’ll need about five pounds. The reason you never come out exact is that depending on how you pre-cook or can the meat, you’ll sometimes use more or less jars. That’s why I always have extra jars and lids ready, including a couple of half-pints…so that I can readily fill what is needed and get them to processing quickly. — Jackie
Canning vegetable soup
We can our homemade vegetable soup using mostly fresh vegetables, but use store-canned corn to save fresh corn for other uses. I know that we must pressure the soup for the ingredient that takes the longest—which would be corn—but does this apply when the corn is not fresh but has been previously canned?
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Yes, this definitely applies! Corn is corn, regardless whether it has been pre-cooked or poured from a store can. You MUST process all recipes for the length of time required for the ingredient that takes the longest time to be safe. — Jackie