The Weekly Digs #138

by Becky

Is it Really Done?!

We all worked together for one goal this week. We finished filling the pantry! We canned 31 jars of black beans, 12 jars of apple butter, and 7 jars of chicken broth. Sometimes when I’m working hard, I put my head down, charge forward and then forget to take pictures. Haha! Don’t worry I’ll have full pictures of the finished pantry on here next week!

String up my Rossa Di Milano Onions

Yesterday I was canning the black beans outside in 40 degrees. I’ve always done it outdoors on the propane stove. But this time when I was canning the wind was whipping like crazy. 

As a result, I had the most difficult time keeping the temperature on the canner steady! I had to fiddle with the temperature every two minutes. I made a fortress of chairs and tables around the burner to keep the wind at bay but it still didn’t work.

After 45 minutes of doing the temperature fiddling  (beans take 75 minutes of processing time), the wind whipped so hard that the flame went to nothing and the pressure dropped too low on the canner.

I had to start the timer all over again and it was so frustrating. Except this time I switched over to my high output propane stove. 

It worked better and I finally got it all canned but still had to mess with the temperature a bunch. Meanwhile, I was messaging Cameron and said I needed to try canning on the cooktop inside.

I have never canned on our electric cooktop before because I had a friend who said her canner cracked her glass cooktop. I have been nervous about it ever since. But I was at wits end and I had another batch of beans to do.

So I got the ok from Cam to try it and nervously loaded the canner in place. It worked! It heated like a dream and was so easy to maintain. I took this picture below on my phone to send to Cam who wasn’t home at the time…

I will probably be canning on my cooktop from now on!

I also got the pantry tour all filmed today. I can’t wait to share! I’ll be editing it over the next week or so before it gets published on Youtube. 

In the Garden

I had to cover up my greens this week because we were expecting a hard freeze. I also have some cucumbers that are still alive in my caterpillar tunnel that I covered. 

They all made it through 27ºF with no trouble at all!

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Katie C. November 15, 2021 - 2:50 pm

Have you thought about canning in the garage or barn with the door open?

Those bok choy look great! I want to try growing some next year. Any tips? Is there any way to preserve them or do you need to eat them as they are ready?

theseasonalhomestead November 17, 2021 - 7:29 pm

Those are definitely good options! If the stove top didn’t work I definitely would have tried that next.

Bok choy are easy to grow as long as it’s cool! They don’t last long in heat. I just eat them when they are ready, I haven’t tried any preservation methods. That’s another reason why it’s nice to grow them in the fall, the daylight hours are so short that you have a much longer window for harvesting.

Laurel M. November 16, 2021 - 2:43 am

Congratulations!! You all worked so hard! I’m really glad your stovetop toughed it out. I have avoided glass tops because I heard the same things.

theseasonalhomestead November 17, 2021 - 7:25 pm

Thank you! I’m glad too 🙂

Jessica O. November 21, 2021 - 8:05 pm

I’m loving reading through all your posts and watching your videos!! Sad news for me this month..I was steam canning (I was too nervous to pressure can on it) on my glass top and it totally broke! 🙁 We upgraded to a propane stove in the house. I hope all goes well for you! Your new home is beautiful!!
(-Sister Knutson from a decade ago!)

theseasonalhomestead November 27, 2021 - 4:53 pm

Hey Jessica!! So great to hear from you. Thank you! I’m sorry about your glass top stove, that is a bummer. I’m glad you were able to a new propane stove out of the deal though. 🙂

Francie November 22, 2021 - 1:50 am

Do you have deer in the area? I lost everything in my garden this year to deer. 🙁

theseasonalhomestead November 27, 2021 - 4:48 pm

Yes, we do! We had to fence our garden in a hurry when we first moved here because of deer. I thought the food would be fine for a few weeks until we got one up but boy was I wrong! The only true way to keep deer out is fencing. It’s an investment but very worth it.


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