Canning and building goes forward — 26 Comments

  1. Do you pressure or HWB your paste tomatoes, peppers and onions and for how long. Also, what’s the ratio of the veggies? Thanks!

  2. Yes, I know that’s a possibility but both men have worked all their lives, with heavy logs and have developed not only strong muscles but effective ways of handling them. An accident is always possible but sometimes we just have to gamble. The reason David has that strained expression on his face is he is transitioning from “carrying” position to lifting. The beam is heavy but not extremely heavy.

  3. Glad to see the progress on David’s and Ashley’s cabin. Still canning up the garden here in Michigan too.

  4. Am waiting to pay off my house this month and then plan to order Jackie’s cookbook…..can anyone point me to the mustard bean pickle recipe? I haven’t found it yet in back issues.Thanks!!

  5. This post is great. I live in outside a Calgary Canada and was wondering if you would know where I could buy the seeds for the Purple Russian, Black Dragon and Cosmic Eclipse tomatoes, as well as the Kurado carrots. Our carrots, tomatoes and beets were great this year considering we had almost no rain and hot weather. The potatoes all were dead by Aug 1st and the one we did get were tiny and coveted in scrap, any suggestions. I just love gardening and we give most of it away but that is a blessing also. I wait to hear from you and keep up the posts and good work.

    • We will be selling all of these varieties in our little homestead seed business, Seed Treasures. If you write us at Seed Treasures, 8533 Hwy 25, Angora, MN, 55703 USA, I’ll send you a catalog. Or check out our website. I’ll be updating it soon.

  6. Thank goodness for strong backs and willing hearts! My own sweet boys have been helping me “put the garden to bed” as I am now laid up (again!) on crutches after a simple spill in the garage. Argg! I remember the time when you and Will both took a tumble from your roof. A deep pantry is worth more than gold!

    • So sorry to hear you’re laid up temporarily. As you know; I’ve “been there; done that”. Get better soon.

  7. We just canned up the last of our tomaatoes and red peppers as chili sauce. We are at freeze up with temps remaining below freezing the last two days.
    I don’t understand the blood test for pregnancy. In the twenty years I spent as a dairy herdsman we always had the vet put an arm in the cow and physically check. I was trained as an AI tech and can usually check myself at 60+ days but an experienced vet can tell at 45. Also if not pregnant the vet can check for cystic ovaries at the same time.

    • Yep, I was a vet tech for over 20 years so stood by a whole lot of cows while the vet stood, arm up in a cow. But the blood test is cheaper as we are remote and the farm call plus the preg check is over $200 for 6 cows. The blood test cost us less than $50. We weren’t worried too much about cystic ovaries as the cows didn’t exhibit any symptoms. Yep, could have but probably wouldn’t have. (Remember we had 6 head we didn’t know if they were bred or not and three of them had calved previously.)

  8. What kind of structure, how large and what spacing is David building that requires support beams that large? They are honking huge. Did the local bulding inspector require them? or did someone calculate that they needed to be that large?

    • David’s cabin is going to be 24’x 28′. No, the building inspector didn’t require them; we have no building inspector up here, only having to have a land use permit. David and Ashley will have a large water storage tank in the cabin so they can fill it periodically and have hot and cold running water and 300 gallons of water is HEAVY; over a ton.

    • Properly canned home canned foods will last for decades, remaining tasty and nutritious. Rust is the enemy of long-term storage of home canning. Rust will eat holes in the jar’s lids eventually. So obviously, the drier the spot in which you store your jars of food, the longer they’ll last. I know new boxes of canning jars say “food best used within one year” and lids say “will remain sealed for 18 months”, but that’s just to sell more lids! I’ve got 40 year old canned cherries and 20 year old canned chicken; it all looks and tasted like I canned it yesterday! This is why I love canning so much.

  9. Jackie, this is the time of the year when gardeners get to partake of the fruits of their labor. I’ve just finished up storing away about 50 pounds of harvested potatoes. I’m definitely not on the level that you are but I’ve preserved green beans, sweet corn, pickles, green peppers, and potatoes. It’s been a good year here in Nebraska.

    • Yes, it is, Dave! We just love this time of year when we see tangible results of our year-long labor.

  10. Hi Jackie,
    Would you share your enchilada sauce recipe. We enjoy seeing the progress on your homestead

  11. Having a hearing loss, I always encourage people to wear hearing protection when using loud tools, like the drill. Also, eye protection.

    Keep up the good work – I often think of what you guys do when I am in my (relatively) small garden. You make me tired just thinking of what you do!

    • Yep, both David and Will use either ear plugs or ear “muffs” when using loud tools such as the chainsaw and drill. Just to be safe. (Their “muffs” also include a radio so they have music while they work.)

  12. Exciting to see the cabin moving along. I’ll bet they’re anxious.

    I’ve often wondered what kind of storage area you have for these 100s of jars of canned food.

    • Luckily I was talked into having a basement when we built our house. In that, I have a 12’x 8′ pantry. But I’ve overflowed that to under the stairs and also onto shelves Will build along our basement walls.

  13. Eeegads! Be careful Will and David, throwing out your back is going to push the timeline waaaay out. Maybe it’s time to have a meeting of the minds and come up with a lift mechanism of some sort – I know Jackie and Will and have all sorts of problem solving thought processes, I bet you all can come up with something better.

    • Backwoods Home Magazine is still going strong on Kindle and it’s only $1.99 a month. Or if you’d prefer a paper magazine, subscribe to the Duffy’s daughter and son’s magazine, Self-Reliance Magazine. It’s very much like Backwoods Home, having many of the same authors, including myself.