Thursday, January 11, 2018

Encouraging Hearts and Home 1/11/18


Welcome to Encouraging Hearts &Home January 11th 2018

This year has gone off with a bang for me! I started the year out on a big family vacation! You've heard me talk about my family and how we ALL just LOVE to get together! Well...my grandma, her children, grandchildren and almost all of the great grandchildren traveled to Branson, rented some houses and had a week long gathering! It was GREAT! All the while all of you were celebrating with me on my one year Anniversary of the adventure of being "The Inquisitive Farmwife"! Thank you so much for all your support, it is AWESOME to get to know all of you! Then we came home and immediately got a Family cow, and there is sure to be future stories in that! And then this morning I wake up and find we are in a winter weather advisory! Yikes! Hope you all are safe and warm! I just may go do some canning today! Check out this weeks story about canning beans, you're sure to get a laugh! https://inquisitivefarmwife.blogspot.com/2018/01/home-canned-pinto-chili-beans.html




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Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

Amy at A Nest in the Rocks









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  • Monday, January 8, 2018

    Home Canned Pinto Chili Beans

    Well Kansas has seen it's first snow....short lived, but it did happen.  This means colder weather and what is better to serve than Chili!  If your not an avid canner you might ask yourself why would you want to can your own beans rather than just buy them?  I mean....there is a lot of work and time involved in canning!  


    Well, there are many reasons to can beans for yourself.  For me, it was all about doing something that I had not done before!  You know...the whole inquisitive thing...ya...that's me!  I have canned plain pinto beans for various recipes including homemade refried beans, but never a chili version.  I did keep track of the cost, and it's actually quite a bit cheaper to purchase dry beans and can them yourself.  Even if you make them all fancy like!  LOL!  And of course if I was going to do that!  I mean, if I'm taking the time to do this now, I wanted to save myself time later!  


    That's another big reason people can, it will save not only money, but time in the future!  So...on a busy night this winter all I have to do is thaw some meat from the freezer, brown it up and add my jar(S) of beans, and tomatoes if you like! All the seasonings and veggies are in there.  (My tomatoes had already been canned...so those were separate.)  If it's more about saving money....just omit the fresh veggies and stick with the dried spices!  It nearly cuts the cost in half!  

    For me....I wanted it to look pretty and taste amazing.  Even more so this time because I was using Pinto Beans rather than the typical Red Bean.  Why you ask?  Well, I was curious.  Ha ha ha!  Could this be done and turn out ok?  Would the flavor and texture come out the way I desired?  And the answer was yes.  Otherwise...let's be honest, I wouldn't be here writing up this blog!  Ha ha ha....oh my!  I was also able to purchase the dry pinto beans at a bulk price, and the red beans would've been smaller bags at a larger price.  So that certainly played a factor too.  I knew that with it being the "off season" that veggies were going to be more costly, and I had not saved back any from my garden for this purpose!  So there you go.... that is my explanation of my experimentation!  Hee hee hee!  

    At this point I'm going to assume that you have canned before.  And that you have all the canning supplies including a pressure canner and have had some experience with it.  You also know some of the terminology and will understand "canning terms" as we go through the steps.  If not, just enjoy the story until you are comfortable with your own home canning experience and come back again and follow the steps closer when you're ready!  Anther option for non-canners is to instead cook your beans, veggies, spices, ect. in a pot until veggies are soft, and place into freezer safe containers to be frozen for future use!  But trust me, either way you'll want to keep reading, funny stuff ahead!

    Let's BEGIN!

    So, I kinda tend to do things in big quantities!  A typical person trying something new might go out and buy a 2# bag of beans....but me being me decided a 12# bag would be the way to go. So when it was time to sort the beans for soaking, I got comfy and put on a movie! You just need to sort through and make sure there are no foreign objects like tiny pebbles, and then discard any broken or funny looking beans.  Give them a good rinse, and place in a bowl and cover beans almost double in size with water.






    I put my beans to soak for 36 hours, to give a good chance of them plumping up and to save cooking time later.  Yes, you can do for less...but really a minimum of 8 hours is suggested!  (There are dry canning methods but I like a softer texture...all up to the canner really, just do your diligent research!)  Any beans that float to the top, go ahead and discard!  Rinse them very well and put in a pot of water to start warming.


    Gather your clean jars and make sure you are getting them hot!  I use my dishwasher for this!  I add vinegar to the rinse compartment and it helps with our hard water stains! 
    I would suggest using wide mouth,they're easier to fill, and easier to empty!

    While the dishwasher is going and the beans are heating, you have time to prep your veggies!  I used red, yellow, and orange bell peppers.  This was by accident because the grocery store was out of green, but it was a happy accident because they look so pretty.  Of course they did cost a bit more, but ya know...beauty comes with a price!  ha ha hee hee  The green color came from the jalapeños.  



     Now...I'm going to take a moment and tell you all something.  Back when I was preparing for this big project I forgot the big can of tomatoe sauce at the bulk grocery store.  My dear sister was going there the next day, and said she'd pick it up for me!  Of course this led to the whole...what are you up to now conversation....and that lead to "Oh, I'll come help".  Poor thing....she really didn't know what she just got herself into.  Fast forward to canning day....she is on jalapeño duty.  I'm busy cutting away at the bell peppers and onions while she worked diligently cutting such small chunks of these jalapeño peppers.  At first we didn't think they were very hot, but I forgot to put out the plastic gloves for her to use, and the seeds were actually quite pungent!  Her hands proceeded to nearly catch on fire and with each slice of the knife a bit of juice would pop out and ever so strategically land in her eye.  She was nearly blinded, but did not leave her duty, and stayed at the jalapeño station until her job was done.  It may be awhile before she offers her assistance in one of my "new projects." 


    Alright, back to the canning.  Let's see....we've chopped the Bell Peppers, Jalapeños, and Onions.  Yes...we need to clean the garlic and gather the dry spices, open the can of tomatoes sauce (I know, homemade would've been better)!  I chose to use black pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and canning salt.  Get everything lined up in an assembly line and put the jar lids in the just boiled hot water.  We are ready to grab some jars and start filling!



    To each quart jar we added 3 cups of the drained beans, 1/3 cup of bell pepper, 1/2 cup onion, 1 tablespoon jalapeño, 1 large clove garlic-pressed, 2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon each of paprika and cumin.  Topped it off with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and hot water to the 1 inch fill line.
       



    It was quite exciting to watch the process take place.  They look so pretty as you layer them with all the colorful veggies, spices, and sauce!  And quite interesting how the water kinda diluted it all and slipped around each bean....mesmerizing almost!


     De-bubble and add more hot water as needed!  Leave at least 1/2 inch headspace...I did a whole inch.  Wipe down your jar with vinegar to clear it from any spills!  This also gives you one last chance to inspect the rim for any chips or dings!  Place lids on and add rings on finger tight and place into prepared pressure canner.


    Don't forget your 10 minute release time before adding your weight, and double Check what is suggested for your area/altitude on pressure and time! (Typically it will be 10/11# pressure. 90 minutes for quarts.) When it's safe to open the lid and take out jars, place on your countertop on top of a towel to cool for at least 12 hours.  They will continue to boil for hours!  



    Because I had so many, it took me several batches.  Tip: You can keep your filled jars warm in a pot, or even in the oven on low while you're waiting for the next batch to go in the canner!  


    You'll notice that the beans swelled a bit more and soaked up the  juices!  This is a good thing...they're taking on all that flavor!  As time passes they will take more and more of that flavor on, infusing the beans!  Yeah baby, that's what we want to achieve!  If you wait a few weeks to use them, the flavor will be better!

    Once jars are completely cool take of rings and clean with soapy water and rinse with vinegar water.  Check each seal carefully as you do this.  Any that are not sealed, or questionable, put rings back on and place in the refrigerator to use right away!


    They look so pretty!  Take pride in what you've just done!  It was a big accomplishment and it took planning, time, and determination to get here!  As much as we want to leave them out on the counter for all to see, canned goods are best stored in a cool dark place.  Mine is "the cave", lol!  Actually it's a storm shelter that I kinda have taken to a new purpose, lol!  But under a bed, in a cabinet, you can always find corners to stash your jars!

    I had 2 that did not seal.  So later that week I added 2# hamburger and 2 pints of previously canned tomatoes chunks to the pot. With some scratch made cornbread and butter, we had a nice meal!  It turned out incredible!  I will definitely do this project again...especially if I don't have to cut the jalapeños!  Sorry Sissy.... because you're experienced with Jalapeño cutting and all the side effects, I'll let you continue to do it!



    Hope you all enjoyed my experimental experience ... and I'd love to see if you tried this recipe and how you chose to store it!  




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    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

    Encouraging Hearts & Home 1/4/18



      Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

      January 4th, 2018






      Hello Hello Hello!!!!!!  I am just so excited this week my friends!  Did you know that I've now been blogging for a YEAR now?  Surreal!  I am so happy that you are all here to be a part of this celebration with me!  Are you on my facebook page yet?  If not, pause, open a new screen and go "like"www.facebook.com/TheInquisitiveFarmwife right NOW!  Why....because it's the most active place you'll see me, and you can take part in my exciting giveaway!!!!!!  Freebies!!!!!  Winnners!!!!  Fun and Exciting things going on!  Don't miss out on this great celebration!
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      It's a whole new year with lots of new ideas!  We have some great hosts here on the blog hop and I can't wait to see what wonderful things everyone has to share this week!  Take a moment to read what our hosts have to offer, and check out the blog hop links too!  Be encouraged!

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      Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!


      Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things
      Amy at A Nest in the Rocks



      Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

      How to Link Up

      • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!
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      Other nice things you can do

      • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
      • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
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      Monday, January 1, 2018

      One Year Anniversary!







      Dear Friends,
      Can you believe that I have been "The Inquisitive Farmwife" for a year now? Wow! It's been a fun year for me! Just doing what I do....being Inquisitive and Silly! I'm so glad to have you along for this journey!  It's been fun getting to know all of you!  Thank you for your support and friendship!


      I wonder what all year two will be?  New ideas and projects I'm sure!  Wouldn't be me if there wasn't!  Lot's of things I already do too!  Maybe I'll just try some in a different way?  I mean, I did learn quite a bit about how much wind my greenhouse can and can't handle last spring!  Better get that North wall fixed like the South huh?


      I do feel I will be more actively blogging and trying my best to figure out all the Social Media sites.  I've done facebook so long that it's habit for me.  I did participate in Instagram photo challenges last winter....that was fun!


      I defiantly want to continue with my "Goats Milk Goodies."  If nothing else, my family and I are just crazy to have the homemade products available!   Plan is to attend the local Farmer's Market like last year.  I just love visiting with all you local lovely people in person!  And out of towners, please continue to message me too!  Our visits are treasured just as much!


      In my excitement of the ONE YEAR mark, I will be giving away some of the lovely products that I offer!  I also want to make some challenges to you all!  Not to bore you here with the details, I will leave all that information on my Facebook page!  www.facebook.com/TheInquisitiveFarmwife  See you all there!


      I look forward to what the next year will bring .... but for now... down below I want you to leave a comment on what you think I may do, should do, or could do this next year!  Challenge me....express to me what you want to hear more about!  I can't wait to hear!





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      Thursday, December 28, 2017

      Encouraging Hearts and Home 12/28/17

      Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

      December 28th, 2017



      Hello My friends!
      Can you believe that 2017 has almost come to an end?  WOW!  I mean that went so fast!  I had some ups and downs last year, but this year is looking to be great!  Why?  Well, because I am determined to make it that way!  What about you?  How was 2017 for you, and how do you plan to prepare for 2018?

      Ohhh....Have you been to the stores yet?  You might find some great deals!  Read more about what I like to shop for in my latest blog!  https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5248043815355443831#editor/target=post;postID=7798076783862478712;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=2;src=postname

      I can't wait to see what all the other bloggers are placing out there for us to see too!





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      Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

      Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things
      Amy at A Nest in the Rocks


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      • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!
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      Other nice things you can do

      • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
      • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
      • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com



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