My Mom always had several dozen laying hens, she sold the fresh eggs to
folks in town at a good price. The chickens had free run of the ten
acres during daylight hours and then went to their roost before dark. We
also fed them "laying hen feed." The yolks of the eggs were a deep,
golden color and the taste was much better than those from the
supermarket. Chickens, ducks, etc. do a good job of fertilizing the
fields too. Our guinea hens roosted in the tallest trees on the
property, they didn't much like hen houses but they went there to lay
their eggs. The occasional hawk would get one once in awhile but those
roosting trees always had deep green leaves. Lots of guinea poop on the
The Cook wrote:
hi, glad to see you back writing. :)
we keep it too cool in the house to start a lot
of plants, plus very limited on space, so i am
glad the local greenhouse will do those for us
(mainly tomatoes, peppers, onions and cucumbers).
i call that daydreaming. :) what i plan may not
happen as i can get overruled. like this year i did
not really want to plant a ton of tomatoes, but we
put in over 20 plants... and squash, i thought only
one squash patch, we have three. beans, as usual i
was hoping to plant several gardens worth, only
have one. etc. :)
we can and freeze as much as we possibly can do.
this past weekend we took inventory and Ma has already
decided which things she will give away to friends and
family for Christmas gifts. this way we don't have to
rearrange the pantry yet again. 15 cases will be given
we're about halfway through the tomatoes and have
beets, dry beans, squash, onions and red peppers to
eat or preserve.
right now for the red peppers i'm voting on eating
fresh, i love them fried up until they get a little
burn on them in spots.
Wow! That's a lot of jars, I hope they bring them back. Our kids and
grands have strict instructions to bring those jars back CLEAN! So far
it has worked. We have canning jars that are probably 50 years old but
they keep getting filled until the day they break.
we have various people looking and giving us
jars, but they are often not as nice as the
new ones. we've bought two cases so far when
we ran out, but that expense will be reimbursed
by the person who gets those jars. we try to
keep our eyes open for sales too.
we're trying to give away the wide-mouth jars
and odd sizes to people we don't usually get them
so far this season we have had one break on us.
this is the first time in all the years we've had
one break. figured it might have gotten cracked
and we didn't notice it. once in a while we get
one given to us that is chipped or cracked and if
it is really old we'll keep it for the bottle
collection, but not use it for canning, otherwise
off to the recycling it goes.
i would actually like to keep a lot more for a
bottle collection that are unique or the very
old and heavy ones. just don't have the space
here for them all... so just reuse 'em. figure
some people we give them to might keep them for
themselves or whatever. ah well... :)
we've also put some in recycling that were not
standard small lid sized jars. dunno where they
came from. looked like old mayo jars.
I am working on getting rid of a bunch of canning jars. Found the
perfect way. Our AC man's son is a beekeeper. Gave him a load of
jars this summer. Got a quart of honey in return and promise(?) of at
least one each year.
Glad to get rid of the jars and am looking forward to the honey.
You're giving up the trade Susan? I will be 77 the 23rd of September and
am slowing down a bit but not giving up yet. How many folks have
disappeared from rec.food.preserving over the last 20 years?
I've offered to teach the trade to our elder grands but they don't seem
interested. Two of them don't even garden, even after all our work to
teach them how to preserve their own home grown food.
Not giving up, just slowing down after 2 years of medical problems.
Hoping I can get a smaller garden going next year. I still have lots
of jars, many of them still full of food. (food still good and being
used) I looked at my records and about the 3rd year we were here I
set out almost 100 tomato plants. I do keep track of what is on the
shelves and get rid of anything that is too old. Getting harder to
get rid of stuff since older son's wife has a small garden and younger
son has his own garden, freezer and canner.
BTW I'm only 16 months younger that you.
At our ages who quibbles about it! I am very lucky though, over forty
micro-strokes, four major strokes, heart attack, coronary bypass,
multiple stents in heart arteries, etc. I've had everything but small
pox, which my mother had and gave her children immunity. I'm grateful to
be able to love on my great grands and one of those is closing on age 17
so I may be able to see a great great grand before I'm gone. My doctors
read my chart and sometimes just gasp at all the stuff that has beat up
this old body. Sometimes you're just lucky. Miz Anne and I will be
married 57 years in December, we've already beaten the record of our
parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Thank goodness for modern
medicine, of which I take a lot.
Miz Anne's two sisters are coming in from Maryland today. Getting all
set up for our eldest granddaughter's forthcoming wedding. So, Miz Anne
is mowing the yard again and weed eating and trimming everything to look
good for her sisters. I just got up from a nap, have been feeling really
lousy for about a week, hopefully that will go away soon.
Have been having a little rain here and there and the gardens are
picking up. I am amazed at how much stuff from over a year ago planting
are still producing and growing. The latest plantings are taking over
the gardens due to the rain I reckon.
Miz Anne turned the last of the Tennosui pears into a nice pear pie
today. We have tried the newest pear jelly and it is outstanding in
color and taste. I think we're going to get along with the tree alright.
Will try the pear sauce I made soon. I added nothing to it, just canned
it and put it in the canning pantry. I tasted the raw sauce and it was
excellent. Miz Anne thinks I should have added some cinnamon or another
spice but I am hoping it will just be good as is. Sometimes the lily
does not need to be gilded.
Amen! Started becoming decrepit in my mid-fifties, will pass my
mid-seventies the 23rd of this month and am becoming more decrepit. <G>
My lovely wife's two sisters are here for two weeks. Luckily we get
along quiet well. The three of them are gone most of the day as the
sisters are from Maryland and haven't seen much of Majestic Texas. Off
to the Farmer's Market and several other places this morning. The dog
and I will begin napping soon, something we both enjoy immensely.
I am the head cook here at the Hacienda and the sisters-in-law are
learning to eat Texas grub and they are surprised at how good it is.
Eldest granddaughter is getting married Monday, they're trying to get me
into a suit again. Gave suits up in 2007 but I will put on long pants
and a nice shirt. My normal wear in spring and summer is cotton shorts
and a cotton tee shirt. Winter apparel is long cotton pants, and a long
sleeved tee. I see nothing wrong with that at a wedding but all the hens
and chicks in the flock are pushing me toward a suit. I'm not giving the
girl away, not part of the wedding party, what is wrong with shorts and
a tee in a church?
Garden is still producing, sweet peppers, okra, and eggplant mostly.
About time to start our winter crop, probably toward the end of
September. The lone, nearly two year old pepper plant is still producing
like crazy. We're going to try to keep it going another year.
that's a nice arrangement. :)
we've had a few people who used to can who've given
us a lot of jars the past year. which is why we are
ok with passing them along to others without being too
concerned if we get them back.
I have a large number of Atlas jars with the standard small lid. Ran
into the first bunch at a Pentecostal Church sale, five cents each. I
carry a standard small lid with me when I go fossiking just to ensure
they work. They were originally REAL jars from a spaghetti sauce, can't
remember the name. They're still around but changed the neck of the jar
so it is no longer of use for canning. They're not quite a quart but are
really good for pickles and jellies. I'm looking at about six cases of
pints, a couple of cases of quarts and a case of half gallon jars right
now. Plus a bunch of little 1/4. 1/8, etc. jars that have come in over
I accuse my lovely wife of hoarding and she smiles and mentions my
canning pantry. Touche!
i've got a bag of odd little sized jars in the closet
that i would use for odds and ends of jam batches, but
now that i'm doing freezer jam and have been happy using
pint jars i hardly even use them any more. and some of
those decorative diamond pattern jars which are too tippy
and i don't like 'em. tried a few minutes ago to talk
Ma into letting me put some tomato juice in them so i
could get rid of them... nope... darn... :)
har! i have boxes of old bottles on top of the book-
cases, that i really should just see if anyone wants them
because i've not bothered with them since i put them up
there. some old ink wells are about all i really like and
a few coffin bottles and colored soda water bottles. used
to go with a friend digging for bottles and would help him
scrub them so he'd let me take a few here or there.
that was a long time ago when i was up north.
Back in the sixties and seventies my Dad and I operated a gunsmith shop
and we also handled antique bottles and jars. Our area of Texas at that
time was loaded with old homesteads, long burned or taken out. We could
find the privy holes easily and dug out many an old bottle, jar, or
whiskey jug. Soaked them in #2 wash tubs for a week or two and then put
them in an antique display cabinet we ran upon. Folks would come in for
the husband to look at guns and the wives would see the display cabinet.
We generally sold more antique bottles than guns because of that display.
Folks liked the bottles and jars that had turned a light violet color
due to the sun hitting the glass for years. Mostly turned violet if
there was a good bit of selenium in the glass. We would take the privy
bottles and put them in a box I built with a barber's sanitary light in
the top. One week and we had genuine antique sun purpled bottles. Price
of those doubled and tripled. <G>
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