Rice bran oil
I have recently found a source of Rice Bran oil (they say it is as healthy as olive oil with a high smoke point) and was wondering if I could extend the shelf life of it by heating it and putting it into jars. If so how long do you think it would keep?
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
I have never used rice bran oil, let alone tried to preserve it. You can try heating it and pouring it into smaller hot jars and putting on a hot, previously simmered lid like you do lard and see what happens. I wouldn’t do a big batch until you are happy with your results. — Jackie
Pond algae and dill pickle recipe
We have algae on our pond. It is much worse this year due to the extreme heat and no rain. The pond is about 3′ deep. How can we deal w/this w/out using chemicals that will harm fish, wildlife, and us? I understand if it completely covers the pond surface, it could smother the fish due to lack of oxygen.
Also I have a great dill pickle recipe from the 70’s. Back then we used jar rubbers and zinc lids, no processing, just letting them set to “pickle” on the counter. I know we should water bath now but will the heat of the water bath take the crispness out of the pickles? The recipe calls for alum to help crisp the pickles.
There are several products on the market that will kill pond algae without harming fish, etc. One company is Drs. Foster & Smith who have a big supply of backyard and homestead fish pond supplies. Type in pond algae control in your browser and you’ll find many different companies who offer products. Choose a product that is not toxic, although most are not as they are meant to be used with fish in the pond.
Yes, the heat of the water bath does often take the crisp out of pickles. Most old ways consisted of bringing the brine to boiling, pouring over raw cukes, then quickly sealing the jars. They sealed (mostly) without water bath processing. Today, experts want to keep us safe from any possible chance of harm so they recommend processing pickles in a boiling water bath to be safe and make sure the jars seal. — Jackie