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Peach Jam

After buying 175# of wonderful Missouri peaches recently, we set about to preserve them to be enjoyed for months to come.  We canned several quarts of peach halves to enjoy with ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt or just a bowl and spoon.  Details on canning those can be found here.  Even after nearly 45 quarts were finished, we had a ton of peaches left, so decided to make some jars of peach jam for eating on toast or with my home made biscuits.....hmmm, I see I still need to post my recipe and technique for my biscuits....but that will come another day.


http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/08/peach-jam/
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Home Canned Peaches

There are many ways to use peaches when preserving, but the most basic way, and the way I put up most of ours is by halving them and canning them in syrup.  Many of our peach halves are enjoyed with ice cream or cottage cheese, right from the jar.  A medium syrup gives just the right amount of sweetness to be eaten this way.  I can also open up a jar and slice up the halves to make a pie, or use them to make more jam if our supply should run out before the next season.  The peaches can also be sliced and used in any recipe that calls for canned peaches.

http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/08/home-canned-peaches/
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Homestead Wisdom...

Homestead wisdom...A bit about the changing ways and attitudes of the various generations of the homesteader.

http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/08/homestead-wisdom/
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French Cut Green Beans--Quick and Easy

Always being up for an experiment, and nothing to lose but a bit of time, I pulled out my food processor and gave it shot. Viola! French cut green beans in seconds!


http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/07/french-cut-green-beans-quick-and-easy/
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Pressure Canning Corn

I home canned corn for the first time in 2014.  While I still freeze some corn still on the cob, I will never go back to freezing the yearly supply of corn instead of canning it.


http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/07/pressure-canning-corn/
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Papa

While we have found a couple of wonderful onion varieties to grow, we were not happy with the over-wintering we got from them last year.  We tied them up in panty hose and used them from the bottom up.  They did ok, but by January, we had a few that had gone bad and by late February we had to throw out any that were left, since they were all rotting.  After a bit of research, we found a few suggestions to prepare the onions for winter storage.  We found some who tied them in bunches, hanging them to dry. Some braided the tops together like garlic and hung them to dry.  Since we have tried both of these techniques, with limited success, we decided to try an onion drying rack.  Papa decided to make that one of his projects on a rainy July day. 


We never have a shortage of "helpers" on our projects.  Rastus, Sally and Jimbo oversee everything we do.



By placing the screw through the side of the 48" piece into the end of the the 27" piece, and repeating for all four corners, the frame is created.



After ripping the lumber to 2", a piece is attached at each top edge.



Papa prefers to use the screws with the "star" heads.  They are easier to snug down tight without stripping them out.



 

 

 



A 1" block is used as a spacer between strips.

 



When each strip is screwed down, the top is complete.  The spaces between the strips will be perfect for dropping the onion tops through to allow the bulb to sit on the top and dry before storing them for the winter.



After ripping a 2 x 6 to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" stock. Papa cut 2 pieces 27" and 2 pieces 48" to put together to make a 30" x 48" frame.



A 1 x 12 is ripped cut to 48" to make the slats for the top of the rack.

 



Strips are added the full width of the top.



After assembling the rack, we added rope from the corners.  Ropes were put through pulleys that were placed on hooks in the rafters at the top of the lean-to room behind the canning kitchen.  The ropes and pulleys are used to pull the rack above your head out of the way, yet it can be lowered to easily fill it with onions.


Click on the video below to see Papa in action!

http://modernmissouripioneers.com/project/papas-onion-drying-rack/
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To belong to this life...

Some thoughts about my life...

http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/07/to-belong-to-this-life/
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Head Space...

Check out this post to see what happens when you ignore the rules for proper head space when canning. As I promised, you will see a failure in this post. I don't just share the successful ventures.

http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/06/head-space/
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Hung Out To Dry...

Our first year for growing garlic has been great! Check it out here:

http://modernmissouripioneers.com/2016/06/hung-out-to-dry/
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