The Weekly Digs #124

by Becky

Preserving

Preserving food, especially by way of canning, always takes longer than I anticipate! I usually spend the morning in the garden and then help the kids do chicken and turkey jobs. Then I get a block of time to get started canning.

The preparation, let’s say for diced tomatoes, is done in a few hours and then I make and clean up dinner and by then I need to actually do the water bath or pressure canning. Then next thing I know it’s 2am when I finish. 

That has happened multiple days this week and the last two days I’ve had four hours of sleep each night. I put in all the work to grow a lot of food and I feel like it’s important to preserve it before anything goes bad.

Here is what I did this week… from what I can remember. My mind is so tired!

  • 14 Quarts canned diced tomatoes
  • 18 pints canned diced tomatoes
  • 6 pints canned marinated roasted red peppers
  • 14 Quarts canned chicken bone broth

In the Garden

The most exciting thing in the garden this week was we found that the corn was ripe for picking! It is beautiful and so yummy! 

Most of the ears have some form of corn earworm damage but it’s not bad. We just chop off the tip and it’s still good to eat the rest. 

I also spent the week doing quite a lot of weeding and many, many hours harvesting tomatoes. I’m sure I harvested over a hundred pounds of tomatoes again this week.

I transplanted some lettuce that will mature in about a month. Tropicana and Coastal Star. They are both supposed to do well in the heat. 

I’m a little late to it, but I did another garden tour. I have it scheduled to publish tomorrow at noon on YouTube. I’ll link to it when it’s live 🙂 

Cows

Cameron had quite the ordeal this Wednesday trying to get a couple of our bulls to the vet. We borrowed a friend’s stock trailer and Cameron woke up early to get them loaded in time for a 9am appointment. 

He was trying to get our new calf, Jed, along with Jethro (one year old), and our mature bull, Auggie, all loaded. Auggie had pink eye and had to go in for that and the other two will be castrated.

Cameron was able to get Auggie loaded easily but the two calves would not even get near the cattle panels, let alone the trailer. He struggled for over an hour and left with just Auggie. Below is a picture of the pink eye. Which now, a few days after the vet visit has completely clear up.

He was able to make another vet appointment two weeks from now for the calves that were stubborn. He is going to borrow someones cattle panels so he can make more of an enclosure and then load them from there. 

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8 comments

Katie C. August 9, 2021 - 1:59 pm

Beautiful canning job! Don’t you just love hearing the jars ping? Next time I make chicken stock (I make it over night in the slow cooker), I’m going to defrost what I have in the freezer so I get a full canner load and free up some freezer space.

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theseasonalhomestead August 15, 2021 - 12:45 am

Thanks! Yes, I do! I do the same thing and cook my chicken broth in the slow cooker, actually I use two slow cookers and the liquid usually ends up being about 7 quarts perfect for a full load. My freezer is already almost full… I need to do the same as you and free up some more space!

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Elisse August 12, 2021 - 8:39 pm

Two pink eye tips you might not have tried 😊 1) give your cows free choice kelp alongside their minerals. Iodine leveks and pink eye are related. 2) keep colloidal silver on hand. If pink eye starts, spray it in the affected eye twice a day. Both these things work for us well on our farm and are completely natural 🥳

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theseasonalhomestead August 15, 2021 - 12:46 am

Thank you so much! I love to do the natural method instead. I will try those things!

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chanel Whitaker August 14, 2021 - 11:41 pm

I’m SO very new to all of this! I’m totally on homesteader mode- the state of this world is just making me prepare for whats ahead. Can I have a name of what I need to buy to can?

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theseasonalhomestead August 15, 2021 - 12:50 am

Here is a blog post I did with a list of what you need for canning equipment. https://www.theseasonalhomestead.com/canning-equipment-list/

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Tara Brereton August 21, 2021 - 12:59 am

Damn, girl — you rule.!! Reading how you were sleep-deprived after the canning episode… yup. I tapped out while you stayed in. Kudos!!!
Question: do you dehydrate your apples, tomatoes and peppers in the oven or in a dehydrator? I haven’t had luck in either. (Close my eyes while eating my attempts since very non-pretty products. :s )
Thanks for sharing!! I’m excited to continue trying and expanding!!
Take care,
Tara

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theseasonalhomestead August 22, 2021 - 4:26 am

Thanks Tara. I dehydrate them in a dehydrator. If you don’t have it already, I dehydrator with a fan in the back of the unit (instead of the top or bottom) makes all the difference. I hope you have better luck soon!

Becky

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