Home Canning Sausage

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This is a jar of my home-canned sausage. My husband’s Grandmother taught me how to can it using grease instead of broth or water. The grease, lard in this case, keeps the sausage tasting like sausage and keeps the typical sausage texture in tact. 

You will need: bulk sausage, extra lard, jars, lids, rings and a pressure canner

Omit sage from your recipe if you are mixing your own sausage as sage  will make the sausage bitter. Go easy on other herbs and spices too.

Use 2/3 lean meat to 1/3 fat to make the best canned sausage.

First, melt some lard in a heavy pot. This lard will be used to cover the meat in the jars instead of broth or water. Keep it very hot while waiting to be poured.

Put water in your pressure canner according to your manufacturer’s instructions.

Get your jars, lids and rings very hot in boiling water.

Make small patties from the sausage meat, cook in a skillet until very done.

Reserve the grease from cooking the sausage and add it to the melted lard.

Fill each quart or pint jar with cooked sausage patties. Don’t fill the jar too full, 2/3 full is enough.

Pour the hot lard in each jar and cover the sausages.

Wipe each jar opening and the whole rim of the jar with a clean cloth dipped in vinegar. The vinegar will help to cut the grease and get it off the jars. If you leave grease on the jars, they won’t seal.

Adjust lids, can in pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure.
Pints 75 minutes
Quarts 90 minutes

Let the canner cool naturally. Once cool, remove jars and allow them to continue cooling on a clean towel on the counter top.

To serve these sausages, open them up and pour the patties, grease and all into a skillet. Heat til very hot and serve.

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2017

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Christmas

I’ve got different ideas about Christmas than most people I know. Probably different from yours and that’s OK, your ideas are ok. But I thought I’d briefly share my thoughts about Christmas so that if you too have different ideas, you’ll know you’re not alone.

I started thinking about this when I read that our Bible study lesson mid-week would be “What If There Was No Christmas?” It was a good lesson, we discussed what God has done and how blessed we are that God came in flesh to save us. But my first thought was: “If there was no Christmas… so what?”

That sounds awful doesn’t it? But hear me out. Christmas is not a holy day, not something God has commanded us to celebrate or observe. Christmas is a celebration created by humans originally to honor God and celebrate what He has done for mankind.

If there was no Christmas, then God would have done what He was going to do anyway. Its humans who created Christmas and it is humans who have perverted the original meaning of the celebration into an orgy of materialism.

Christmas as a man-created celebration of the blessings of God is similar to the Hebrew celebration of Purim. No where in scripture is Purim commanded by God to be celebrated. However, Jesus probably celebrated it (John 9) as a minor feast day as He celebrated Chanukah (John 10:22) another minor feast day. ~*~
So, I celebrate Christmas. Not because God said to do so but because I am so happy and so overwhelmed at His kindness and mercy to me.

So, I hope you have a Happy Christmas, filled with awe and wonder at what God has done for you.

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Unmet Expectations At Christmas

The burning candles, balls and gold ribbons it are Christmas

For years I have written about bringing traditional values and practices back to our US  holidays. This year, I want to write to you out of my own experiences with preparing for Christmas and other holidays through my adult life. Hopefully I can encourage you to take a new look at how you go about getting your home and mind ready for Christmas.

Americans seem to have lost so much through the years and people yearn for those simple, peaceful occasions. Many of us go looking for what we call old fashioned ways of celebrating Christmas so that we can recapture something we hope will fulfill us and our family. We often go to great lengths to find this fulfillment and very often our efforts end up in arguments or stressful confrontations in the family, overspending and profound sadness.

Holidays aren’t peaceful or simple if you find yourself strung out, worn out and tensed up over trying to make the occasion into something that meets unrealistic expectations. I want to encourage you to let go of your expectations for a perfect Christmas get-together this year and to redefine your ideas of Old Fashioned and Perfect.

What does an Old Fashioned Christmas look like anyway? To most of us it means food, family…. and beyond that, what? Perfectly decorated tables? An immaculate house? New furniture? Lots of going and doing? Shopping with family and friends? Just the perfect gift for everyone on your list? A quiet evening or two before the fireplace with family? I think it can, in part, mean any of those things but conspicuously missing from those descriptions is the Lord Jesus Christ and the particular peace and fullness He brings to our lives. Also missing is the true purpose of Christmas; Celebrating the Gift of Jesus and God’s salvation to mankind. It seems so easy for most of us to get busy and involved with making the perfect Christmas celebration that we forget about the reason for all our blessings.

When we set up a picture in our minds and make plans for a perfect Christmas we set up expectations. Expectations can be dangerous things to family harmony and peace.

Unmet expectations = Discouragement & Frustration

Christmas and other holidays like Thanksgiving often leave us discouraged and frustrated with the people and preparations of the seasons. We somehow believe that because we spend money, time, thought and energy on preparations for these holidays that they must turn out a certain way. We believe that our friends and family must react to our efforts in particular ways.  And then they don’t.  So we become discouraged and frustrated and we show that by the way we treat our family members and in our private thought life.


Food for thought
~ We have no rights to expect anything in this life except the promises of God. Yet our sinful nature tells us that we have rights to our expectations. We have the Gospel and we have forgiveness in Jesus. Is that Good News enough for you? Or do you insist on having your holiday expectations met?

Everyone has their own ideas of what constitutes the perfect Christmas, an Old Fashioned Christmas, but I think the main things that people think of when they think of a holiday being old fashioned are peace and simplicity. I believe we can have those beautiful attributes in our present day celebration of Christmas, if we focus our minds on what we are grateful for, remember to worship God and  enjoying the people God sends into our lives.

Certainly, go shopping, lay around the fireplace with family, play games, make and buy gifts, go for a walk…. do all those things but do them with an attitude of thankfulness and with an eye on the fact that these luxuries are gifts from God; we don’t have a right to any of them. When I think in those terms I become even more thankful for what I have.

In these upcoming weeks as you prepare for Christmas, open your heart to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to prepare it for giving thanks and worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Focus your mind on Jesus and serving others as He has done. Focus on people and being thankful for what God has given you. Then your Christmas will be simple, sweet and truly old fashioned. No matter what happens, no matter if things don’t go perfectly and according to plan, you will have thankfulness and peace in your heart….and I think that is the very best kind of old fashioned Christmas there is.

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All My Turkey Helps In One Place

All my Turkey info in one place. Plus a little more.

 

How To Thaw The Turkey

How To Brine A Turkey

How To Roast A Turkey

Tips For The Perfect Turkey

The Children’s Table – ideas!

Thanksgiving Lists – what to do and when

Dressing and Stuffing Recipes

Thanksgiving In A Hurry

Gravy Recipe   Including my fast Thanksgiving gravy!

Yeast Rolls

 

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Sweet Potato Rolls

A few years ago I made Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls for Thanksgiving.  They’ve been requested every year since then.  The recipe doesn’t have much sweet potato in it, just enough to make it nicely orange and a little sweet.

sweetpotato rolls
I use my standard Aunt Eura’s Yeast Roll recipe with a few tweaks. This recipe will make about 3 dozen rolls.

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Rolls
3 pkgs yeast or about 7 teaspoons loose yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 c warm water
1/2 cup melted butter or shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup pureed sweet potatoes
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional but very good)
6 c plain or bread flour

Place the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water with the teaspoon of sugar to get foamy.

In a large mixing bowl combine and mix:
Melted butter or shortening
cinnamon
salt
flour
sugar
sweet potatoes
eggs

Add yeast mixture and 2 cups warm water. Mix well and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. You may add a little flour if the dough is too sticky but in general you want your dough to be soft and pliable and a little sticky.

Cover and allow to rise until double.

Once dough is doubled in size, you can make 2 inch rolls. If you want the pumpkin shape, use a pair of clean, sharp scissors to cut the sides of each roll almost to the center of the roll. Use a piece of a pretzel stick for the stem of the “pumpkin”.

Need to see how to make rolls?  Here is my video about how to do that! 

Place prepared rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet in a warm, draft free area to rise until about double their size. Bake rolls at 400*F for about 18 minutes or until they are golden brown.

You can make these ahead or even freeze the dough. Check out the instructions here for refrigerated rolls and here for freezer rolls.

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Sweet Gum Tincture

Disclaimer:  The instructions I offer here in this post (and in all my posts about herbs and home remedies) are what I use personally at home. Of course the standard disclaimer goes: I am not a doctor and don’t prescribe medicines or herbs, this is just what  we have done here for generations with great results. 

Here in the southern US there is a tree called the Sweet Gum Tree.      Liquidambar styraciflua  is a large tree that is valued for its pretty leaves and hard spiky fruits.  Its the  sweet gum ball green  fruits that I am interested in because they are a source of shikimic acid which is the active ingredient in medicines like Tamiflu®.

That’s right, green sweet gum balls can be made into a tincture that can help kill viruses in your body.  Its right up there with Elderberry Tincture and Oregano Tincture .

Be sure you pick the green balls, the brown ones are finished for the year and won’t make a tincture.  They’re cute for using in crafts though.

gum ball craft

Here’s how its done:

Pick enough green sweet gum balls to fill at least a clean, sterilized glass jar that has a tight fitting lid.

Bust open each green gum ball either using a hammer or a hatchet. But be careful, they’re harder than you think!

Once you get them busted up, put all the pieces in the clean glass jar and cover the pieces with any clear, at least 100% proof alcohol. I buy the cheapest vodka I can find and use that.

Let this sit in a cool, dark place for about 6 weeks.  It seems to take longer for sweet gum to give up its properties than other plants.  After 6 weeks you can strain it and put it in dark amber bottles. It will keep forever.

sweet gum balls

To use it, I take 1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours when I know I have a virus.  I combine it with elderberry syrup sometimes.  If the taste is objectionable to you, you could put the teaspoon of tincture in a cup of water or even tea and drink it.

For keeping viruses at bay, I take 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water each day during flu season.

I have not made sweet gum tincture using glycerin, I have doubts as to whether the glycerin would be able to pull out the medicinal properties of the fruits.

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Harvest Homekeeping

mickey fall

Hey everyone, hope you’re having a great end of summer. Its nearly Autumn, really my favorite time of year.  The color!  The weather!  The food!   And the cleaning of my home to get ready for all the winter time where we’re shut up in this house.

 

 

Here are links to all my Harvest Homekeeping and Fast and Furious Fall Cleaning that I have done over the years here at CHK.

Use all of them that you can, leave behind what you can’t use.  If you have questions be sure to ask.

Natural Cleaner Recipes

Clean The Kitchen

Clean The Living Room

Deep Cleaning The Living Room

Cleaning The Master Bedroom

Cleaning The Bathroom

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