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Jelly Update

Okay ladies, yesterday we made blackberry jelly.  I used the stainless steel kettle and the pomona pectin.  It turned out perfect!!! We were very happy.  Maybe it was the kettle all along.  Wouldn’t that be something?  I never thought the type of kettle used could make a difference but I do know yesterday’s jelly turned out perfect.  I will definitely be using this kettle every time.  I was very impressed with the pomona pectin.  If you haven’t ever tried it, I suggest you give it a try.  You use about 1/2 the sugar that you would use with sure jell or certo, which saves money.  I will be using it from now on.

First thing this morning, we had some errands to run in little town.  We paid a few bills and then went to the library for a while.  When we came back we starting making bread and butter pickles. These are Hubby’s favorite.  We ended up with 10 pts which is probably all we’ll need.  We do not eat a lot of pickles.  I am thinking if the cucumbers keep producing, we will try making sweet pickle relish.  I do make a lot of egg salad  and I thought it would be nice to have homemade relish to put in it.  Have any of you ever made it?

Supper tonight is chicken, potatoes and squash all fixed on the grill.  I love cooking on the grill.  Less clean up and less heat in the house.  Hubby is mowing while supper is getting ready and the girls are taking a short break upstairs.  Well, time to check on the grill.  I hope you all have a wonderful evening and God bless.

Tuesday

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Hello ladies!  I thought I would make a post and give everyone an update on how things are going.  We have been busy, isn’t everyone these days?  I have been helping Hubby yesterday and today.  The sheetrock is being delivered today and he will start hanging tomorrow.  The insulators came last week.  They sprayed this insulation in that looks and acts very similar to Great Stuff.  It was pretty amazing.  Anyway, I think he is going to get someone else to help him hang the ceilings.  (Someone maybe a little stronger and taller than me).  I don’t mind.  We have plenty to do here.

Tomorrow morning, we will start picking blackberries.  I think there will be plenty for canning, juicing and making jelly.  Speaking of making jelly, I still am having no luck getting my jelly to set up.  I just don’t understand what could be going on.  The other day, the girls and I made 15 pints of peach jelly.  None of it set up.  Very disappointing and very expensive.  I went to our local health food store and purchased the pomona pectin that my blogger friend Cheryl uses and redid it.  It finally set up some but it is a soft set definitely not as firm as jelly usually is.  So I used the magical powers of google to see if I could find out what was going on.  Now I am not a novice at making jelly and jams.  I’ve been doing it for years. Anyway one person said they had to switch kettles that they were using and then theirs did just fine.  Do you all think it could be the kettle I am using?  I tried to remember how long I have been using the kettle and it could coincide with the jelly problem.  My old kettle finally gave out and I did switch to a different one.  The kettle I am using now is a teflon kettle.  The next time I do jelly I am going to try a stainless steel kettle and see if that makes a difference.  What type of kettle do you all use?

The girls and I picked a mess of green beans for supper this evening.  We also dug our first hill of potatoes.  We will be having pork tenderloin, green beans, potatoes, onions and peppers and cucumbers for supper.  Everything fresh from our garden (except the pork tenderloin).   I can hardly wait.  I could just feast on the veggies but Hubby always wants meat.

Our pullets are starting to lay pretty good.  Yesterday we got 6 pullet eggs.  Our old layers though have slacked off for some reason.  Probably the heat.  We have been hot for the last several days.  Low 90’s.  We did get a storm yesterday evening and it brought a pretty good rain with it.  Lots of thunder and lightning too.

Well, I guess I better get busy starting supper.  Enjoy your day and God bless.