Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

Mfranks

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So I did something new...imagine that. Boiled a few Banty eggs. Finished a mason jar of pickled beets we made and instead of tossing the fluid I dropped the eggs in the jar and refrigerated. Pennsylvania Dutch Pickled Eggs or equivalent, lol
We grew up on pickled eggs!! I grew up going to my grandparents farm and they pickled EVERYTHING! They immigrated from Europe in the early 1900s. The lessons of simplicity and humility stick w me today. Can’t wait to grow my own Veges next season and start canning again! If anyone has ever canned meat, would love your insight.
 

Sally PB

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If anyone has ever canned meat, would love your insight.
I have not (yet), but my neighbor has canned a lot of meat. It absolutely has to be done under pressure! If you don't have a pressure canner, start looking for one. Canning supplies are VERY scarce where I am now. I started buying things I knew I'd need for canning in May-June, and still had trouble finding some things like wide mouth lids.

I found a good source for lids online: Filmore Container. I don't know if they still have them. The reviews about FC were very positive.

Estate sales are sometimes a good source of canning jars; maybe you can find a pressure canner there? Be prepared to need to replace the ring; I had no trouble getting a ring for my 25+ year old canner online.

When I start canning meat, I'll probably can more of it as "finished" meals, like stew or chili, as opposed to just canning the meat. One other thing about a pressure canner, but this is just me: I would only get one that held 7 quart jars (unless I couldn't find one). Just be aware that it will be VERY heavy when full. And if I had it to do over again, I would get one with a weight, not a dial gauge.
 

RaZ

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I grew up in PA. Always had pickled beets & eggs. My mom had a special crock she used just for them. I have that now but its a bit on the small side so I use this antique 8-sided Mr. Peanut glass jar. I have a boat load of antiques that need to be sold. Will have to wait until garage sale season next year.

Got the ducks and orphans placed in the run last night. Need to knock together a small duck house today just for them. I don't want them messing up the big coop. We all know how messy ducks are. I'll work the brooder litter into the compost pile today. About 80 square feet of wet, packed, bedding material to add. One good benefit of ducks, eh?
 

uchytil

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Goodwill and other thrift stores sometimes have Ball and Kerr jars for a low price. Just something to keep in mind. I second the pressure canner. For my maple syrup I only need to water bath as the sugar content is so high. My friend up north routinely cans salmon and venison. I never have. Pickled beets, sweet pickles, tomatoes, salsa, syrup, dilly beans, peppers - yes.
 

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