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Archive for June 11th, 2012

Jackie Clay

I’m still planting garden and Will’s working on our new front porch … among other things

Monday, June 11th, 2012

I’m still planting, planting, planting. Yesterday I set out our final (maybe!) tomato plants, tilled a spot for a long bean row, and helped Will stretch the plastic skin over our old hoop house frame. Meanwhile, Will got the floor joists nailed in place for our new front porch on the house. It looks so big and it will be such a nice place to sit in the shade during the summer. But we’re out of cash (due to our new-to-us Subaru having expensive issues) so we have to put it on hold for a while. Sigh. Oh well, that’s how it goes…

The peppers in the new hoop house that we built during the seminar are simply awesome. It’s about 100 degrees in there during the day and 70 at night. The peppers are growing strong and loving it! They don’t realize they’re planted in the ground in northern Minnesota!

Today I’m planting Provider bush beans and both Cherokee Trail of Tears and Lazy Housewife pole beans and putting watermelons in the old hoop house. I do want to wait until this afternoon when the heat’s not quite so HOT in there, though!

Will’s out stretching fence wire on the new forty and we’re watching the new seeding grow and look wonderful. Yesterday we turned out our nine-month-old calves into the old horse pasture which had been rested and the grass was up to their backs in places. Boy, they love that! They ran with their tails up, bucking and playing for half an hour before they settled down to munching. They are slick and shiny and look wonderful.

Jackie Clay

Q and A: Canning processed cheese and dandelion blossom juice

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Canning processed cheese

A friend gave me a large can of processed cheddar cheese and I would like to can it in small jars. Do I need to heat this cheese before I put it in the jars and can I do this in a water bath or would it be better to pressure can it?

Southwest City, Missouri

Great gift! Yes, you need to heat the cheese. What I do is set the open can in my oven at 200 degrees until the cheese is hot all the way through. Then I ladle it out into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. I process my cheese sauce in a boiling water bath canner for 90 minutes. It comes out wonderful and is so handy! — Jackie

Canning dandelion blossom juice

I want to can some dandelion blossom juice to make jelly from next winter. I plan to pressure can it, but do not know how long. Any ideas?

Millie Banner

Sorry, but I have no reliable information on canning dandelion blossom juice. Can anyone else help? — Jackie


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