The wild fruits look great this year…so far — 8 Comments

  1. Jackie, Here is the recipe that I use for Sloppy Joes that everyone raves about. I have not tried to can it, but I’m sure you could if you leave out the meat. 2 lbs ground meat. I use home dehydrated bell peppers and run them through my grinder. I use a small coffee grinder only for spices and herbs. This works great to hide things in food from my kids.

    Dried onion and bell peppers (ground)
    Garlic powder
    1 – 6oz can tomato paste
    ¼ cup cider vinegar
    ¼ cup brown sugar
    Salt and pepper
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
    ½ – 1 cup water

  2. I can’t believe you’all don’t know the the needle trick. Puncture the round end of the egg (that’s where the air bubble is) to let the air escape from the egg ( I use a sort of ‘drilling’ action with the needle to make a hole without cracking around the edges)before putting it in cold water. Bring to a boil. turn off heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Perfect eggs. I always peel from the the round top down. I roll the eggs with a little pressure to break the egg shell into small pieces all over. Once you get under the membrane, it all peels off like a banan skin (almost). The reason old eggs peel easier than fresh eggs is the air inside the shell slowly leaks out over time, releasing the prssure that holds the contents tight against the shell.

  3. If you add about 2T of oil to your boiling water, the shells usually slip right off.

  4. I tend to agree with Linda and I am getting bumper crops of everything but the elderberries that were severly pruned last year. Especially plums and pears.

  5. Yep steaming the eggs works! I friend told me about this neat hint and I tried it before posting on a message board. Try it Jackie!!

  6. I have been told, when there are many more blossoms than usual. It is Mother Natures way of beparing us and her many friends for a rough winter.

  7. I recently learned a new trick to peeling my fresh eggs. I’ve tried about everything in the past to no avail. Anyway, I was reading on a message board that someone steams them for 20 minutes. I thought yeah, yeah another trick but I had to try it just in case. I was so surprised when it WORKED!!! The shells slipped right off just like those old storebought ones! It was easy and my steamer basket holds a dozen eggs perfectly.

  8. I don’t know if this will work with very fresh eggs but it does with storebought. Lower room temp eggs into already boiling water and boil about 10 minutes. Than drain, shake to crack and peel under cold water. Start in the middle, if possible.