Hope everyone had Happy 4th.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to try my best to get y’all up-to-date with all the homestead happenings that have been going on this summer.

One hot & humid (quite unusual!) evening in June Sis & I put together a 3 hour Canning 101 class where folks learned the basics & tips on putting up the garden harvest.   Each group “put” up three jars 1. apricot jam 2. peaches in syrup 3. dilly beans in less than 3 hours even and everyone had a chance to take the 3 jars home with them.

All participants, happy to say, had a blast and it was fun to share my decade long canning experiences with them.

Stay tuned for details of our NEXT Canning Workshop.


  1. Richard Spurgeon says:

    I want to learn how to can.

  2. Susan Smith says:

    I hope you have another canning class soon! I just got turned onto canning this week and I have several friends who would like to learn too! And we live in your town! This all started when I wanted to get rid of some yucky old plastic containers in my cupboards and move my popcorn, rice and sugar into glass containers. So I bought a case of quart sized Ball canning jars at my local Ace Hardware store. Then, I noticed that we had a lot of leftover strawberries that were started to “go”. “Well, those might make good jam”, I thought. So I started looking up information on the internet about jam making. That led to the idea of canning extra produce when it’s on sale and I buy more than our small family could ever use before it goes bad. You can see the progression! My waterbath canner arrives this week, two recipe books arrive today. I’d love to participate in a class with my friends!

  3. Aida says:

    I have a question for you. I’m looking to obtain as many handheld or counter top equipment as possible. Trying to get away for electrical power. I’m looking for a counter top meat grinder, blender, etc. Do you have a source I might try. I’ve gone on line but almost everything is for commercial use and I don’t need things that big or expensive.

    Any advise would be so much appreciated. Trying to homestead on my own.


    • laurie says:

      I have found a bunch of hand powered appliances off

    • Treechild says:

      Here’s a link to a hand-cranked blender that is sold through Urban Homestead Supply. It is worth the investment as it is very sturdy:

    • Paul Huckett says:

      Lehman’s, with links to the Amish comunity have fabulous equipment , mostly hand-made in the US, for very reasonable prices . I have had thier goods delivered to me in Australia .They never did move on to the disposable consumer goods society so their goods are made to last and last .

    • c says:

      Also watch estate sales and yard sales and the Good Will. You kind of have to breeze in and out each week but you can find all kinds of older things like hand grinders, canning jars ( be sure the rims have no nicks) and old recipe books or whatever. Happy hunting and remember to stick to your target. Don’t buy everything you see. You do NOT need it.

  4. Michele says:

    I would love to learn to can!

  5. Jo Anne Trigo says:

    My assistant and I took this class and really learned a lot! It’s a no-nonsense, hands-on, “get it done” kind of class, and I was so inspired I’ve already canned Blackberry, Strawberry and Peach jams and put up 12 pints of Canned Peaches.
    I’ve got plans for Boysenberry Jam and Pickled Beets in the next few weeks. Do yourself a favor and purchase the necessary supplies right there after class; I’m glad I did. Anais and Jordanne are pros…don’t miss this class!

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