NEW: Incredible Edibles November Sign Up 'Clearly Cannable'

iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)October 1, 2008

OK everyone, it's time for our Incredible Edibles November Swap!

This swap will include vegetable seeds that are good for canning or storing along with your favorite canning recipe. The swap will be for 6 - 8 packages of seeds and a recipe.

Sign-ups start today and will end October 24th and packages should be mailed by November 7th. Partners will be posted October 25th!

Let the sign-ups begin! :)

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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Oh, Man...this year has been one of the fastest flying years ...EVER!! Seems like just yesterday I was sowing my little pepper and tomato seeds and here I am trying to eek a few more weeks of ripening time out of my rapidly declining plants.

Sign me up!! I love cannables!! :)

    Bookmark   October 1, 2008 at 8:34PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

I know what you mean! I'm trying to get a few more eggplants out of my plants, but it's going to be very cold at night this week. It might be the last of them!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2008 at 9:12PM
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ejmoore510(7)

Sign me up! I'm still canning tomatoes down here! I do feel soooo lucky to live in the South! And my golden sweet peppers are just loaded!
Life is good.

Joan

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 9:17AM
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southerncharm1(Orlando, FL Z9)

Sign me up please! :) I've never personally canned/froze veggies or fruit but wish to get to the point where I can grow enough to make it possible. :) This swap sure opens the seed selection up to where anything is an option.

Heather, I'm emailing you now with the Prize ideas. :)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 9:57AM
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ncgardengirl

Although I don't actually can anything (I DO freeze things) and am not sure HOW I would offer a recipe seeing how I DON'T actually can, maybe I can included one for something I KNOW how to can? Oh heck...you can CAN just about anything...I am game...sign me up LUCY...LUCY??? LUCY.... OH WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW??? LUUUUUUUCCCCHHHHYYY!!!

:) Flash back moment...forgive me. HEHE
:)Fran

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 1:21PM
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luvgardening2(8/9)

Sign me up, I think. I have the same problem as Fran. I just learned to can this summer. Never did it before. My sis really did all the work. I did the prep work. I doubt anyone would want such a simple recipe. I can supply seeds though. Will this be okay that I do not have a coveted recipe?

Nancy

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 1:37PM
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booberry85(5)

I think I can. I think I can. Yes, I'm a definite maybe, but I have a few weeks to decide. I want to, I just don't want to over extend myself. Anyway, if you don't have a coveted recipe, I suggest looking at the thread below. It came from the Harvest forum. Lots of good recipes & canning recipes in the thread.

Here is a link that might be useful: Your Greatest Hit Recipes for Leesa

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 2:19PM
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ncgardengirl

Thank you for posting that and I have a question. A LONNNNGG time ago a friend of mine gave me this stuff her mom had canned and I can NOT for the life of me remember what it was called but it was very good, I remember it had
onions I think tomatoes and maybe cucumbers maybe red bell peppers in it. I am thinking she called it a relish of some sort and it is SWEET does anybody have a CLUE of what I might be talking about? There were only like 3 things in it.

I am not sure other then it had onions in it, it was really a long time ago. :) I remember it was really really good lol.

:) Fran

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 3:34PM
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southerncharm1(Orlando, FL Z9)

Is chutney sweet? LOL What is chutney anyway??? Going to google it now...

Sorry ladies, feeling silly today...

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 3:53PM
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booberry85(5)

Chili sauce? Tomato relish?

Ok here's my guess. See if this seems right to you. My aunt loves this stuff!

Chili Sauce

This is an old-fashioned type of food. Used as a relish for hotdogs and hamburgers. This is out of the Ball Blue Book. This makes 6-8 pints.

Ingredients

4 quarts chopped, peeled, cored tomatoes (about 24 large)
2 cups chopped onions (about 2 large)
2 cups seeded, chopped sweet red or green peppers (about 4, or use a combination or both)
1 hot red pepper, finely chopped
1 ½ cups sugar
2 ½ cups vinegar
1 tablespoon canning (or kosher) salt
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil an cook gently for an 1 ½ to 2 hours. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Ladle quickly into hot, clean jars, leaving ¼" headspace. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands on finger tight. Process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 4:02PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Oooo that chili sauce sounds divine!! I think I am going to have to get a new spiral bound just for the recipes I pick up here at I.E.!! Another plus to belonging here :)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 7:41PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Oops I meant 3-ring binder...duh, my daughter was quick to point out my stupidity of course LOL!!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 7:44PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

I like to pretend to think I am able to can vegetables :)

I do have some awesome recipes, though! At least I have that going for me!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 3:40PM
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ncgardengirl

Is it sweet or do you know miss booberry? I really don't know what it was called. All I do remember is when she asked me if I had ever eaten it I though EWW, NO!!!
So maybe it had a name like Sweet Pepper relish or Sweet Onion Relish.
I don't talk to her any more so I can't ask her either...lol.

I will keep that recipe and try it though, it does sound yummy ;)!

Thanks again, maybe I will be able to figure it out.

Sunny, don't worry we all knew what you meant! LOL.

:) Fran

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 3:48PM
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booberry85(5)

Fran, it is a little sweet and does have the consistency somewhat like that of a pickle relish.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 4:28PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

I have to make some Japanese Daikon Radish pickles today! I can't wait because these are one of my favorites :)

We had our first frost last night, but I think the rest of my daikons are still doing fine.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 1:42PM
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booberry85(5)

Ok! I just found a stash of seeds that I bought for this swap a few weeks ago! Please sign me up!

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 7:48PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

We've got quite a few sign-ups already! And for those who asked, it's OK if you don't have a special recipe. You can also just pick a recipe that looks good :)

So far I've got
-sunnyk
-ejmoore510
-southerncharm1
-ncgardengirl
-luvgardening2
-booberry85
-iheartroscoe

    Bookmark   October 5, 2008 at 5:38PM
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frenchfrylegs1(NE PA 5)

Hi everyone,
I am in ... I think I can find something to do with canning, after canning 219 jars of everything that was sitting still..LOL..hubby kept moving in fear of being stuffed in a jar! the cat just moved out!@! I am going to order today and make sure I have what I need!
Polly

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 8:47AM
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bonechickchris(7A/6B NJ 08731)

I am so undecided. I want to join very badly, but I do not can. Although, I would love to jar my tomatoes for sauce at some point. Right now, after skinning and seeded them, I put them into the freezer, but would be so nice if I could can.
I assume your partner can tell you what they can so you know what kind of seeds to give them?
So I am still undecided.
Maybe some of you can give me some confidence and talk me into this (hint hint!) Christy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 11:50AM
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southerncharm1(Orlando, FL Z9)

Ok, here goes nothing! ROFL!!!

Christy, you know that we love you right? LOL Well we do... Therefore we would love for you to join us in this swap. BECAUSE...
1.You do not necessarily have to can/freeze persay...
2.You could grow said veggies and devour them before they even hit the harvest bag/box/basket. hehehe ;)
3.Veggie/Fruit selection is virtually endless! lol

On a more serious note, We really would love to have you join us! :)

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 3:13PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Yeah, Christy...what she said^^

Plus you may end up with a recipe that will jump start your canning bug!!:)

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 3:54PM
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booberry85(5)

Come on, Christy! Don't be shy! Peer pressure! Peer pressure! Can you sense me making big puppy dog eyes in your general direction?! :)

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 5:43PM
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luvgardening2(8/9)

Just an idea. I think there are a few of us, myself included that do not know how to can and maybe we can be matched with a partner that has more experience????

Christy, I felt the same way. I was unsure if I should join or not. I wanted to but I have no experience canning but I figured I could look up a recipe and explain to my partner about my situation.

Come on. Join us.

Nancy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 6:16PM
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booberry85(5)

Nancy, that's a great idea. I also recommend that if you can find the time, go to your local library and check out The Ball Blue Book. It's kind of the "bible" to canning. I also recommend checking out there website.

If you want to get your feet wet, jams & jellies are generally the easiest to make.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ball Homecanning

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 6:34PM
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luvgardening2(8/9)

Becky, Thanks! Yes! I purchased one of the Ball Canning books. I am not sure if it is the one you are mentioning or another. It is really scary to jump in and just do it. I need someone to hold my hand. I am afraid I might kill someone by not doing it right.

My sis knows how to can. She helped me can loads of tomatoes from the garden this year. I have to admit it is quite easy. I am way more confident now. Plus I have eaten the canned tomatoes and I am still here. :o)

Nancy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 7:02PM
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booberry85(5)

When I first started canning, I found it very helpful to post questions on the Harvest forum about if a recipe was safe; can this be boiling water bath (BWB)canned; how long do I process, etc. There are several expert canners over there. Linda Lou and Katie C are master preservers and teach classes in food preservation. Annie and Readinglady, I don't believe have formal training, but have been canning for a long time and know what they're doing. There are others too. These are the people that stand out in my mind.

Take a look here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Harvest Forum

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 11:45AM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

If everyone posts their canning experience here, I don't mind pairing partners based on experience. I'm sure it will help lots of people! :)

My experience is beginner. I know the basics, but not much more than that.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 4:08PM
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bonechickchris(7A/6B NJ 08731)

Ok, you've twisted my arm (in a good way)! Add me to the list! Actually, I was hoping to get some unsual paste tomatoes to plant next year, so maybe a good place to start will be this swap.
What a day, Today is my birthday and I have a sick 3 year old and a sick husband. Fun. SO I told them at least let me get out of the house for a bit by myself so I can go to the Staples. I am running low on seed envelopes.
Anyway, maybe I will read up on these canning sites! Christy

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 5:00PM
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booberry85(5)

Happy birthday Christy! Sick husband means he has less energy to stop you from ordering seeds (or canning supplies!) I'm glad you decided to join the swap.

I'm an experienced (8 years) boiling water bath canner. I don't pressure can though.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 5:34PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

Happy Birthday Christy! I'm glad you decided to join! Just think of it as another birthday present. :)

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 7:31AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTY!!!

and I am an intermediate canner...I do BWB but not pressure canning( I cant use a pressure canner on my cooktop) and I mainly can up pickles and pickled things, tomatoes and tomato sauce,salsas and applesauce.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 2:15PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

There has to be more veggie loving canners out there! :)

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 6:23PM
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bonechickchris(7A/6B NJ 08731)

Thanks guys for the bithday wishes! And thanks for talking me into it! I really did want to join, and now I feel better about it!
I always love to learn something new! Christy

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 10:41PM
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booberry85(5)

I just "advertised" on the Harvest Forum. Hopefully we'll get a few more takers.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 7:17AM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

We got a few more sign-ups since my last posting, so the list now looks like this!

-sunnyk
-ejmoore510
-southerncharm1
-ncgardengirl
-luvgardening2
-booberry85
-iheartroscoe
-frenchfrylegs1
-bonechickchris

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 3:10PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Hello to you all. ;) Just dropped in from the Harvest forum to see how this is going after booberry posted about it over there.

Also, if you are looking for safe canning recipes to trade, check out the National Center for Home Food Processing linked below. It is the final word so-to-speak on canning rules and regulations and also provides hundreds of tested and approved recipes.

Please be sure the recipes you trade are approved ones as there is tons of unsafe canning info floating around out there and the risks are nothing to smirk at. Old cookbooks, old family recipes, and outdated canning books (prior to 2004) can be dangerous to you and your family.

And please make sure you are following current canning guidelines too. Many rules have changed over the years ie: many things can no longer be canned safely and must be frozen instead, cooking recipes often can't be safely canned, tomatoes can't be canned without added lemon juice/acid, green beans MUST be pressure canned, and open kettle canning of anything is no longer allowed just to name a few.

If you have questions about canning or if you wish to learn more about it please join us on the Harvest forum whenever you get a chance. We always welcome new canners! ;)

Dave

PS: NCHFP offers a free online Intro to Canning course you can take in your spare time if interested and it is a great refresher course too.

Here is a link that might be useful: NCHFP

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 6:26PM
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booberry85(5)

Thanks Dave! I'm glad you decided to post that over here. Lots of good information and good advice. I do like the National Canning For Home Food Preservation site (NCFHP). I appreciate the link.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 6:51PM
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gardenkitteh(7)

sadly, I don't think I can do this month. Good luck, everyone, though!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 10:49PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

Great site, Dave! Thanks for the information!

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 6:15PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

Only a little over a week left to sign-up for this swap! Anymore takers? :)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 10:02PM
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ncgardengirl

I can't wait to find out who our partners are.

I wanna know can you can vegetable beef soup safely and is so HOW? Exactly what is the process on this? I think I might want to try that next year. Any advice?

:) Fran

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 11:35PM
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booberry85(5)

Fran, vegetable beef soup would need to be pressure canned. It requires a pressure canner. I don't pressure can so I can't tell you more about it. The link Dave/Digdirt gave us has info on canning soups with meat in them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Canning soups with meat

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 6:19AM
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southerncharm1(Orlando, FL Z9)

For the Prize drawing this month:

(Requirement - Sign up for the swap! :) )

Set of Ball Plastic Freezer Jars
6 Types of Seeds

Lets see those sign ups! :)

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 9:17AM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

Sounds like a great prize, Kathy! :)

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 10:23AM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Ooooo I hope I win LOL...that prize is fantastic!!!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 10:06PM
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booberry85(5)

What a fun prize! I've only made freezer jams once.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 10:21PM
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ejmoore510(7)

When are we getting our partners for this? I can hardly wait!

Joan

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 11:26AM
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luvgardening2(8/9)

Joan, You are as impatient as I am. I was wondering the same thing. I want my partner NOW. :o)

I think we have a few more days to wait. Hopefully, more will join. We need 1 more for sure.

Nancy

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 11:29AM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

It would be great if one more joined :)

I'll be posting partners at the end of this week (October 25th).

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 11:35AM
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ncgardengirl

I can't wait for my partner either....I was gonna post before you ladies did that I wanted to know, BUT I managed to refrain or is that restrain? Oh well, either way I was a good girl! hehe

Just a few more days now. Can't wait!!!

:) Fran

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 3:39PM
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booberry85(5)

I already have some things ready for my partner. One thing I wanted to get for my partner, I couldn't find today.

:(

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 4:33PM
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sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

I already put aside a few things...but this goves me a good excuse to go visit my favorite nursery!! :)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 8:37PM
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veeja11(z7Wa)

sign me up please. thankyou carol

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 9:58PM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

Thank you for signing up Carol! I think we now have an even number of people.

I already have some things for my partner, also. Just need a few more goodies for the package. :)

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 7:27AM
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ejmoore510(7)

I don't suppose a girl could bribe you into bribe you into posting partners early, could she?? Name your price. Chocolate, a drink??? Hmmm????

Joan

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 9:53AM
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iheartroscoe(Zone 5, Northern IN)

I don't mind posting partners early now, since we have an even number :)

I'll get the names together tonight and post partners either tonight or tomorrow!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 11:28AM
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