Link to USDA Canning Guidelines.

I am a big fan of home gardening, and home canning. Home preserved foods can be made safely and successfully as long as they are done correctly. An excellent resource for home canning is from the USDA. (link below).

http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

 

Grow with Grubbycup Contest! – Ended

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The Grow with Grubbycup show plays on the DFZ radio network at DFZradio,com Tuesday nights 6 pm Pacific time. The archive of previous shows can be found there and listened to at your leisure.

Entering is easy, just go to the Grow with Grubbycup facebook page and select the “giveaways”. Contest ends 3/25/2014. Limited to US residents in the lower 48 over the age of 18. Prizes subject to substitution in the event of a mishap.

link. https://www.facebook.com/GrowWithGrubbycup/app_228910107186452

 

Grow with Grubbycup General Hydroponics Contest – Power Grower – Ended

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Special thanks to General Hydroponics!

The Grow with Grubbycup show plays on the DFZ radio network at DFZradio,com Tuesday nights 6 pm Pacific time. The archive of previous shows can be found here and listened to at your leisure.

As a thank you to Gentle Listeners; for the first venture into Smokey’s Prize Pit, stalwart adventurers have a chance to raid Smokey’s horde for a Power Grower from General Hydroponics.

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Enter the contest by using the form below. You will be asked to

“like” the “Grow with Grubbycup” Facebook page, and optionally (for more chances to win) like the Grubbycup page and the General Hydroponics page.

Contest ends 7 January 2014 – Contest has ended

ENTER CONTEST

If you are a manufacturer or distributor, and you would like to sponsor a prize for Smokey’s Prize Pit to be given away in a similar contest, please contact me care of this website.

Grubbycup’s Peach Kuchen

Grubbycup’s Peach Kuchen

Crust

½ Cup butter

2 Cups flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 Cup sugar

Filling

8-10 peaches sliced

1 Cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 egg yolks

1 Cup heavy cream

 

Heat oven to 400F

Mix sifted flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Work softened butter into mixture. Press an even layer into bottom and up sides of pan (9’x 13’) with hands.

Put peaches into shell (crust). Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over peaches. Bake for 15 min. While baking, blend yolks and cream. Remove pan from oven, pour cream mixture over peaches, return to oven, and bake 30 min more.

 

TightVac storage containers

Gentle Readers may already be aware, but I have a fondness for canning jars as storage containers for herbs, including TPTSNBN (That plant that shall not be named). They are reasonably priced, airtight, and easy to clean. They can be dressed up with a little acid etching cream (see my article about that in Soft Secrets Magazine here). About my only complaint about them is that they are not opaque (they let light in), and they usually really aren’t all that attractive for use with company.

I was given one of these containers to try out, they are a TightVac container, distributed by Nickel City Wholesale Garden Supply. I have to say, I’ll reserve my final judgment until I’ve had more experience with it, but my initial impression is pretty favorable.

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The idea seems sound to me. The lid is very deep, so a large quantity of air is trapped when it is first set onto the container. There is a little button near the top that opens a small valve, so by pressing the button, the volume of air trapped in the lid is allowed to escape, reducing the pressure inside the container to atmospheric normal, and letting the lid slide down over the container. What is nice about this container, is that since the pressure inside the closed container is the same as the local atmosphere, trying to remove the lid without pressing the button to open the valve causes a vacuum which holds the lid in place.

The plastic used is an opaque white, so light isn’t a problem, and it is an attractive container. Very appropriate for use with the herbs you plan on using soon handy, or bringing out for guests. If nothing else, the unusual closure method is worth a mention and a moment of “show and tell”.

I plan on using it enough to get a feel for it, and will let you know if I wind up liking it or not caring for it.  So far I’ve been very pleased with it.

 

 

Grow with Grubbycup Collectible Buttons (2013)

The 2013 promotional Grow with Grubbycup collectible buttons have arrived. Printed for the Grow with Us Hydroponics customer appreciation weekend – Boston Freedom Rally – Nickel City Wholesale Garden Supply (special thanks to General Hydroponics) tour. Hitting Rhode Island, Mass, New York, and maybe others before heading back to California to get back into the studio and record more episodes.

Almost half of the first run have already been given out, and only expect to have a pack or two for myself left at the end of the week.

 

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The first six button set features

1) I love Herb the Wizard’s Magic Potions – I’m pretty sure I’m going to change these to either just I love Herb the Wizard or just go in a different direction with these.

2) Sancho Bonsai – I like these, and one of the more popular buttons. It is clean and easy to read. Will probably keep this design for the Sancho buttons at least for a while.

3) The original Grubbycup button with the growing G logo – The first and most popular of the Grubbycup promotional buttons.

4) A crop of the Grow with Grubbycup show logo – May change the text to be larger, and tweak the purple G.

5) Grow with Grubbycup green with heart – Cute, but will likely be replaced by a different button.

6) Admit One Alphred’s Dungeon Pass – I really like the concept here, but the script came out a little difficult to read. Will likely change for the next print run.

So Gentle Readers, why the extra details about the buttons? And why point out which ones will likely not be reprinted?

Because some folks collect them. Not because they will ever be worth any more than they are now, but just for fun. By posting a chronological record with photos, descriptions and comments, I hope to make it a little more fun for those folks.

Current plan is for the next set of buttons to be used as giveaways for Gentle Listeners, but still working on the details. Until then, if you see me, don’t be shy about walking up and asking me for a button, I try to keep at least a few in my pocket for just such an occasion, particularly at events (limited quantities, while supplies last).

 

 

 

Bleach Tie Dye part 2 (General Hydroponics Shirt)

If you haven’t already, check out my first post on Bleach Tie Dye here .

I had so much fun doing bleach tie dye last time, I thought I’d do it again. This time I grabbed some shirts I had picked up at a Maximum Yield Magazine trade show

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For this batch, one of the shirts I selected was one from General Hydroponics (thank you GH). 100% cotton fabric works best, so check the label before you start.

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The shirts are folded and tied. Folds in and around the center of the chest tend to do well. The GH shirt I believe is in the lower right corner.

The ratio I use for bleach tie dye is 1 cup of bleach to 3 cups of water. The bleach can damage surfaces and skin, so use gloves and care when handling.

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Here you can see the dark blue has bleached out to reveal a maroon color. The change happens rapidly when it starts so do not leave unattended. Once the color has changed, rinse well with cool water, untie, and continue to rinse until the bleach has been removed.

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This is how the General Hydroponics shirt came out. I think it is much more interesting than a “stock” shirt, and is now a one of a kind.

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The above shirt was originally all black. I think it came out exceptionally well.

Especially for folks (like me) who are on a tight budget, a little beach tie dye can be a nice way to punch up your wardrobe. Just remember the process is not without risk, so the garment may wind up ruined, don’t risk what you can’t afford to lose.

I hope you have fun with it, and if you try it, please consider taking some photos of your results and posting them to the Grow with Grubbycup facebook page!

Peace, love and puka shells,

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Dutch Babies

To make Dutch Babies, the ingredients are:

¾ cup of butter
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup of milk

Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C). When the oven is almost ready, put the butter into the pan, and then the pan into the oven to melt the butter.

Blend the 4 eggs in the blender for about a minute or until they turn a light yellow color.

Then slowly blend in first the flour, then the milk. Mix the batter for a minute or so once all the flour and milk has been added.

Pour the batter into the pan of melted butter, and put into the center rack of the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes.IMG_3294

I like them with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top.