Friday, August 22, 2008

Putting up corn and other happenings

Finally getting around to posting after a crazy week. This is my MIL cutting some corn off the cob to be canned. We didn't get near as much as we had hoped, the silk worms and birds seem to have beat us to most of it. Second crop is a week or so away from coming in so hope we can get more.Just some of the mess that is involved with canning. We also boiled the corn cobs to make corn cob stock to be used in soups and such.After a few hours work this was the result. The jar to the far right is the cob stock.
We also pickled a few quarts the next night. Jackie said she would like to have the recipe to pickle so here is the one we used.

Use 1 cup pickling salt to 1 gallon cold water. Boil fresh corn for 10 minutes. Cool. Let stand in cold water until ready to cut from cob. Cut and fill jars 1/2 inch of the top. Pour brine over and seal
Here are a few pantry shots.
Ventured out to the flea market again this weekend, I gotta stay away from that place. haha!
Picked up this american camper 2 burner propane stove in great condition for, belive it or not, $1.00
Perculator in good shape. $5.00, even when the SHTF a guys still gotta have his (Off-Grid)coffee. lolI could harly belive that I found this hand crank ( Off-Grid ) ice-cream maker for $4.00. I need to clean it up but it is working order and ready to go. My oldest daughter and her new husband are coming to stay with us this week and all my girls are gonna make home made ice cream. This is a Remington Cedar Works brand, Dixie Belle 5 qt maker and I even found the instruction manual online.


Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

No fair, you have a flea market so close.

Sorry about the earworms and birds. It's always a disappointment when stuff like that happens. Next year...

Your pantry is getting fuller:)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great finds! Glad you got a good amount of corn put away! You'll have to show us another pantry pic when all is said and done.

Over vacation, I finished 'A Place in the Woods'. That was a really great read! They definitely had different reasons for being there--mine are more 'homesteader' than theirs! (they didn't hunt or eat their birds.) But, they felt that pull to be out where we were meant to be. They had some MAJOR struggles, but those of us who feel that pull know that the trade-off is more than worth it! Thanks for the book recommendation! Have you read any of her other books? Any of them worth it? Gen--IL Homesteader.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the recipe for pickled corn. I have several dozen ears coming soon and will be trying the recipe out. I'm also going to boil the cobs for cob stock. I'd forgotten about my mom making cob stock when I was young.

The Scavenger said...

MOH, I love that flea market and I'm sure you can see why. I wish the corn would have had better chance but that's ok, birds and worms gotta eat too I guess. Pantry is looking pretty good.

Gen, Those were some really good finds, I have a pretty good knack at finds good stuff on the cheap.
Glad you enjoyed "A place in the woods". I thought it was really great the way they just took the leap of faith and moved there. I will look the bookshelf over and try to find something that I think you will like.

Jackie, hope the pickled corn goes well for you, i don't care much for it but Liv likes it. I just read about corn cob stock and thought that would be a good way to get all the benefit from the crop. I hate to waste anything that I can use.

Thanks guys and gals for the comments,