Ever Loving mind, think i've lost it.

@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
United States
July 12, 2012 1:30pm CST
For the last few months i have been putting up every kind of food i could get my hands on. Now i have always done this but now that my children are grown w/families of their on there is noone here to eat all this stuff i have put up but me.. i just got through putting up a bushel of peas. I am absolutely worn out from all this work,literally & can not decide if i've lost my everloving mind or part squirrel & just gathering up food for the winter.. Here is a list oif some of the things i've either canned or frozen. Two kinds of strawberry jam, peaches, green beans, squash, peas, freezer slaw, two kinds of pickles etc. I use to tell people who were going by to see my Bigmama in the summer to be careful she might put them in a jar & can them. Think i'm just as bad. How many of u store food away in the summer?
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
12 Jul 12
I don't freeze or can much, but I do buy extra things and store them. I have a room upstairs to keep things that I get real good deals on, especially coupons. I do think you are doing an awful lot of work for one person. Could you maybe give some as gifts?
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@suzzy3 (8357)
12 Jul 12
That is a good idea my friend always gives me pickles and jam at christmas.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Thanks for responding. I haven't gotten many good coupons lately but i use all i can get.I do give more away than i should i guess. It is alot of hard work butr hard work is all i have ever known.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Do u like getting that, Suzzy?
@suzzy3 (8357)
12 Jul 12
you are so good doing all this well done.I used to make jam and freeze veg from the garden but sugar is so expensive I buy any jam we eat.Then the rabbits ate all my veg last year so it is a waste of time.Shame but thats the way it is.good on you though.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Thanks for responding, Suzzy.Everything is soooooooo expensive & i think it's going to keep getting worse. Hope i'm wrong. I am just the type of person that has to be doing 'something'.
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Yum! What a wonderful thing you do in preserving the foods you are blessed with. I'd love to get your freezer slaw recipe (PM, if possible). I am less stalwart and more faint of heart when it comes to preserving, other then by freezing. I did use to make freezer strawberry jam. I applaud all your hard work and the bounty you preserve! Now for some RnR and time to enjoy the "fruits of your labor".
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
thanks for responding. I would be glad to share my freezer slaw recipe w/u. I will pm you.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Thanks for sharing, and for all your hard work. Sometimes we don't even realize that such effort is done as "unto the Lord", even when it seems there are none to share the joy. I know He will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" for your loving care in working to preserve His bounty. Blessings.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
tHANKS for your sweet words. I just sent u the recipe. Hope u enjoy.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
2 Aug 12
For some reason this reminds me of times I've spent waaay too much time doing such things as de-linking tangled paper clips. At least your activity has real use! Maybe you could offer the stuff to a charity? How can you afford so much excess food, anyway?? On the other hand, maybe yoiu ought to save up more for the coming Depression. MP
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Aug 12
As high as things already are at the grocery i think they will get worse this winter it will come in handy i'm thinking. I made pear preserves today. Pears were given to me by a good friend. All that it cost me was the sugar & my time.. Alot of the veggies have been given to me alot i have bought at the farmer's market. I'm not a selfish person but i want be giving my food to any charity. People can get up off their rusty dusty & put it up like i have. Alot of them could work like i did for 47 years also.I'm all for helping anyone i can 'IF' they deserve it.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
3 Aug 12
Generally speaking, I agree, but I meant the charities which help those who really CAN'T do for themselves...children, e.g. YOU know. Wish I still had the physical ability. The _lazy_ can do it themselves: you're correct. If _I_ could, _I'd_ make watermelon rind preserves! YUMMM!!! MP
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
3 Aug 12
I have never had thr preserves but have had watermelon rind pickels & they are delecious. Have never made rither. Happy weekend to u.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
16 Jul 12
hi dear Antiquelady that sounds awesome with all the canned and frozen food you got now. I have never canned anything so far, would like to try and pickle cucumbers. Luckily we have found a brand which tastes like homemade. We just tried it in our favorite pasta salad this weekend and will sure buy more of this nice stuff.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
16 Jul 12
Thanks for responding. It will all come in handy this winter & will help on the grocery bill.Pickles are not that hard to make, just time consuming. Glad y'all found some u like.
• Lippstadt, Germany
16 Jul 12
would like to make pickles as hot as my father made them, you could only eat a tiny piece of this stuff and would think it burns a hole into your stomach.......these small pickling cucumbers are not easy to get here.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Jul 12
I like hot pepper in things but not that much, lol.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 Jul 12
I am not sure what you mean by "putting up" in relation to food in this discussion? To me, it would mean lifting something from down low and "putting it up" on a shelf! I am picturing you as the chipmunks in the cartoons. Storing nuts in the trees for winter! Preserving excess produce is always a good thing. We freeze foods or dehydrate them here, but never can them.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
thanks for responding. I think u are trying to give me a hard time about my southern expressions, lol.Putting up is putting things in the freezer or canning them in a jar is putting up.. have a good one, Bill. i liked your response, lol. thanks stowyk, thanks for your explanation to Bill. I think he was just being honery, don't u, lol.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 Jul 12
No, not trying to give you a hard time at all. (except for the chipmunk bit) I have never heard the term "Putting up" before. I figured that the expression might be an American one that I just did not get being an Aussie.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
16 Jul 12
I loved your response, chipmunks & all. I will probably teach u some more southern expressions before we finish. I'll have u talking like a TENNESSEE HILLBILLY, LOL.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
12 Jul 12
ahhh - I don't... I don't know how to can or nothing - my mom didn't either tho her mom did...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Thanks for responding, Elic.My mother never canned things but my grandmothers did. Have a good weekend.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
12 Jul 12
apparently, my mother's father's mother used to make ketchup! One time mom was sent over there to write down how she did it - but I don't know if it worked.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
It is sooooooooo good. The only problem u have to cook it forever, lol.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
12 Jul 12
Hi Jo I do not think you are loosing your Mind lol you are just doing what you have always done and there is no harm in that what so ever maybe you could share it with some Neighbours and Friends I know I would certainly have some of you if I lived closer I have never been for cooking a lot lol just what I had to, there was never time as I was working and brought 2 Children up plus kept house, I remember though that my Grandmother used to always do things like that and she used to bake a lot as well
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
HEY GABS, SOOOOOOOOOOO good to hear from u.I sure would share w/u if i could.I have always loved to cook . I to raised two sons by myself, worked etc. but have always done the canning & freezing thing to. Seems i'm a glutton for punishment, lol.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
13 Jul 12
Lol you certainly are but if you love doing it why not
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
16 Jul 12
Comes in handy especially in the old bad weather in the winter.
@celticeagle (120473)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jul 12
Boy! You are a busy one aren't you? I bet you could give those kids some of your preserves and such and they would enjoy them. I know I would sure enjoy a quart of my grandmother's concord grape juice OR some or her pickle relish or even some of her plum/pineapple and walnut jam. Yum! I used to cut up vegs and freeze them. And I used to dry my herbs too.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
thanks for responding. I have been too busy but i bring it on myself, lol.MY oldest son's wife puts up alot of things, my youngest son's wife barely cooks, lol.He does like my strawberry freezer jam.I would be the same way about my grandmother's things. They were both very good cooks.
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@celticeagle (120473)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jul 12
I am no longer busy. I don't cook or any of it much anymore. I miss it sometimes cause my daughter doesn't always do as good as she could.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Jul 12
Maybe u could help her out. She might be glad for your help.
@BarBaraPrz (21040)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Jul 12
Good on ya! My garden isn't big enough to produce enough stuff to can, but I did some jam and froze some stuff when I was younger. I'm too lazy to do it now, though.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Thanks for responding, Barb.I wish i didn't think i had to stay busy all the time,. I hunt for things to do. I doubt u are lazy, lol.
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@BarBaraPrz (21040)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Jul 12
Well, at least you know you won't go hungry this winter.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
I sure want,.
@marguicha (103814)
• Chile
20 Jul 12
Hi Jo, I used to store a lot of things for the children. I knew exactly what kind of food they would prefer when they came to see me and I used up my goods. But for some time I have noticed that the eldest grandchildren are always busy and noone comes so much to my house anymore. THere are some foods that I use with friends, but there are others that were strictly kid`s food. So now I`m giving away most of my jams even if it`s not Christmas or a birthday. I ask my daughters whether they have (and want) this ot that. Usually they want it and they don`t have the time to do it. So I oblige. I even gave them part of my linen and glasses. I discover I never break a glass anymore yet they do it every day. I feel it`s a sort of early heritage.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Jul 12
Thanks for your response. Have a nice weekend.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
13 Jul 12
I wish I were that thrifty dear Jo. I have always wanted to learn how to can. My grandmother passed before teaching me and I have to say that I have found it very hard to find someone these days that are aware of the art. I think if I knew how to do it, I would be storing away food too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
14 Jul 12
HI JEN, thanks for responding. Think i have already told u i'd teach u how to can if u were closer by.I don't think many young people would know how to can either. I will have to brag on one of my dil's tho. She cans & freezes everything she can get her hands on, has a big ol' garden & works really hard putting things up.Hope u have a good weekend. Give that baby a hug from me. hugs to u to.
• United States
13 Jul 12
You make me feel like an underachiever! My sister and I started a garden at my parents home (this was when we were young and it was the 80s). Dang but didn't the bunnies eat all of our sprouts?! And of course, being young, we weren't as diligent about watering, as we should have been. I think we got one or two VERY tiny tomatoes! And as an adult, I was more concerned about raising my child, or planting flowers to hide something ugly to ever think of growing vegetables again. If the amount of food you've canned or frozen is too much, how about giving some away to friends or family, or maybe donate some of the produce to a local food pantry? I know how there isn't as much call for fresh produce brought in, but perhaps you could allow a member of the pantry come and make their selection to share with those less fortunate.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Thanks for responding. Sorry, didn't mean to make u feel like way. I don't have a garden. I have bought most things i've put up at the farmer's market. My dil has a garden & has shared a few things w/me. I'm not able to put in a garden & i have a brown thumb instead of a green one so my aunt told me years ago, lol. Happy weekend.
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
13 Jul 12
No, I never got into the canning thing. I've made jam a few times, but it's more work than I care to put into something like that. These days I prefer convenience! But hubby and I do often joke that once all the kids are grown and moved out we're not going to know how to cook for just the two of us. I'm so used to buying 3 or 4 packages of things for our dinners, that I won't know how to cook just 1 package. I won't know how to cook just 2 pieces of chicken or 2 hamburgers. When I am your age I will probably be inviting the neighbors over for dinner because I won't be able to stop cooking for an army! LOL.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Thanks for responding. It is very hard to cook for one or two.I do better than i use to but still have to eat some things i cook for quite afew days sometime. Food is too expensive to waste. Hope y'all have a good weekend.
@bunnybon7 (37653)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Jul 12
wow you have no idea how i admire you! I tried yrs ago to can things from a garden when we lived in the country. not only did i mess things up considerably but the rabbits kept getting in my garden of things, etc. it was all a fiasco! anyway, i might be able though to freeze things. we need a place to put a freezer. though i prefer the way grandma used to can things, but no one ever showed me how. canning things seem to last forever. guess the kids love it as you can always give to them. it helps i bet.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
HI BON, Thanks for responding & for the kind words.Canning things is a job & u have to really be careful of what u are doing to be able to keep things especially tomatoes. One of my dil puts alot of things up, has a big garden etc. My other dil & son don't care a whole lot about veggies. My youngest son & grandson really like corn out of the freezer.Happy weekend to u.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
13 Jul 12
You're gathering up so much food my dear! I admire your energy! I wish I could drop by and eat some of them especially the strawberry jam, the peaches and the pickels. I only do store food for a week supply. We don't have winter here so we don't really need to store food. Every week I go to the market and buy enough supply for a week only but if we do have winter I'd probably do just the same.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Thanks for responding. I stock up big time all the time when i go to the grocery. I don't like to go every week. I always try to go when my grandson is here so he can help m,e get them in the house which is a big job for me.I really don't have that much energy anymore but i push myself every day to try & get things done around here. I want to be able to do that till i paSS ON IF I CAN.. i WOULD BE GLAD TO SHARE ALL THOSE THINGS W/U IF I COULD.
• United States
13 Jul 12
There's nothing wrong with putting up a bit of food for the long, cold months ahead. I would if it were practical for me to do so. I have yet to learn to can, and I haven't enough freezer space (no stand-alone freezer) to freeze the summer's bounty. Plus, this is just a temporary space--plan to be out of here shortly. So, unfortunately, my options for preserving food are somewhat limited right now. However, if we can get properly settled before the end of the growing season, I will freeze some stuff--even if that means just filling up the fridge's freezer. I may even try my hand at canning. That is all predicated, though, on us getting properly settled.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Thanks for your response. I hope u soon get settled to where u want to be.Have a good weekend.
• United States
13 Jul 12
I don't garden but this year I decided to do a few tomatoes plants but I just did them in pots instead of in the ground because this is my first year and I am not sure if they will even turn out. I have always thought about planting a bunch of foods and then canning them for the winter but I never have, I am guessing mostly because I won't end using or eating most of the garden items. Now my mother on the other hands she does quite a bit of the gardening and saving for the winter and has had to cut down the last year because she is also saying that the works is getting to be too much and she always has too much left over now she does give a lot to her family but still even then has a ton left over. This year she decided not to do as many items where as before she used to do pumpkins, watermelon, squash, tomatoes, onions, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, etc but this year she is only doing peppers, tomatoes and zucchini.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Thanks for your response. I hope your tomatoes do well. They are one of my favorite things.I know where your mom is coming from, lol.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Well I don't think you've lost your everloving mind. Honestly I think that it's a great thing to save and can and do what you can. You just don't know when you may need it and not have the money for it.... Of course, if it gets too much and you have nowhere to put the stuff.... Maybe it's time to give some of it away? lol.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Jul 12
tHANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE & ENCOURAGING WORDS.I don't have a ,alot has been given to me alot i have bought.iF I HAD A GARDEN WOULD BE GLAD TO SHARE W/ANYONE IF I HAD MORE THAN I NEEDED.
@AmbiePam (50258)
• United States
12 Jul 12
You're going to have enough to feed the neighborhood!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jul 12
Thanks for responding, Ambie. I told a friend of mine u would think i was feeding a big family. Wish i was.