Black growth on jar lids
I have been raw packing and canning meat for years and have never encountered this before. I am finding a powdery black growth on parts of the canning lids inside the jars. It ranges from the size of a pencil eraser to covering about half the jar lid. The meat still smells fine, but I have freaked out and pitched it. These are batches that are only a few months old. I once found a growth like that on home canned corn and pitched it all, but have been told the product is still safe. What is your opinion? What do you think it is? Any ideas how I can prevent it? NOTHING in my process has changed!
This is usually only a chemical reaction on the underside of the jar lid. I know it looks bad, but I’ve never pitched food because of it. And I’m still alive. Seriously, it’s nothing to worry about. — Jackie
We are having a unusual and very annoying problem with our home in the mountains. The woodpeckers just love to peck at our home. They have even reached the drywall in the upstairs! This house was vacant for a number of years before we moved in it. I had thought there were mice in the upstairs wall but I heard chirping the other day inside the wall. How do we get rid of these beautiful but annoying birds and how do we get them to stop pecking holes in our home? Any ideas? I just saw a very young woodpecker on the side of the house and threw a stick at it, but he or she came right back and starting pecking again!
Woodpeckers peck homes for three reasons: proclaiming territory by drumming, drilling for insects, or nesting. You need to determine which problem you have. If it is drumming, usually scare tactics such as placing garden plastic owls, pinwheels, and other scary objects near the home will often work. If it is drilling for insect larvae, you need to address the problem with spray insecticides or by having an exterminator evaluate your problem. Placing suet and other easily accessible woodpecker food in trees away from your house will lure them away while the problem is fixed. Nesting results in drilling holes in the side of your house and even rearing babies between the outside and inside walls. Scare tactics such as reflective tape, plastic owls, recordings of distressed birds, etc. often work. Be sure to cover every attempted hole with metal or wire right away when you notice the damage. Often the birds will give up and move on to natural nesting sites. — Jackie