Sunday, October 9, 2011

9-5 Homesteader's Sunday Kitchen

21 Comments:

Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I LOVE Edwardian Farm (and Victorian Farm too, which I have on DVD). Sounds like you're having my kind of morning there. What's in your packet mix that is a good short-cut? I would tend to reach for fresh garlic/onions/herbs here in UK (but our only short-cut sauce packets are for casseroles rather than for bottling - sorry, canning.)

October 9, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Looks like a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.

October 9, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

I love to help my Grandma can. Will you be using a pressure canner or a water bath canner?

-Autumn

October 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

water bath: 40 minutes of boiling, and if the top seals it should be more than okay. Some tomato recipes say the acid needs to be higher to make it safe in a water bath, but these pre-mixed herb packages come with a nice dose of citric acid, helping to acidify any borderline toms. If I need the jars more as water glasses for next weekend, then I will freeze it!

October 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Drummond Farms Alpacas and Woolens said...

My husband just bought me that same packet of Mrs. Wages sauce mix and I hope to get to it on Monday. Your Sunday looks like it has gotten off to a great start. Good luck with your week ahead.

October 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

I would love to get my hands on one of those old fashioned farm plows on edwardian farm. The way it sliced through the earth was beautiful. And some shire horses as well, lol! Thanks for tuning me into those shows, I love them!

October 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

I made some spaghetti sauce this week, too. Going to be great to pop open this winter and taste the summer tomatoes, herbs and wonder again.

How much does one of those packets make?

October 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Who,what,where is Edwardian Farm?
I want to see, too.
LOL.
Jenna, your Sunday morning looks very fun. I think one of the best parts is every time you open a jar of sauce, it becomes double the enjoyment of a Sunday morning. Have fun.

October 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger PansWife said...

You don't need a commercial sauce mix, just add a little lemon juice and don't use low acid yellow tomatoes or varieties like Jett Star. The commercial mixes all use irradiated herbs. I've been canning for almost 40 years, and while I believe in following the rules, I think some of these companies try and scare people into making them buy their products.

October 9, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
OpenID Fail Better Farm Girl said...

Mine looks similar, though instead of tomatoes I have apples! We picked a half bushel yesterday and I only got through half of that yesterday, so I still have more to go today! (And, I might be crazy, but I'm debating on going tomorrow on my day off back to the orchard and buying another half bushel for more applesauce!)

October 9, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Phiddy said...

I agree with Panswife. Why not use your own or, bought organic herbs and veggies to add to your sauce. I have heard others speak of Mrs. Wages as being high in sodium too. Here's the list of ingredients in order of more to least: FOOD STARCH, SALT, ONION, MALTODEXTRIN, SPICE, GARLIC, PAPRIKA, BEET POWDER, CITRIC ACID. My personal opinion.... not very attractive sounding.

October 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

well, I agree that my own spices and lemon juice would be better, but I wasn't sure how fresh my oregano was, or where it was, and if I needed more basil, and so on, and instead of buying all those things at market and spending more money, I bought this, both for ease and simplicity.

It the future, I will do so with my own herbs, promise!

October 9, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Well, I have to agree with your purist detractors. Why bother with all the muss and fuss if you're going to use a commercial mix. While what you will end up with will probably be quite tasty, you would be better off buying Muir Glen pasta sauce and saving the cost of the jars and energy to process it all.

October 9, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Folks, I appreciate all the comments, but I am certainly no purist! A homemade batch of sauce I worked on all morning and set up in the larder in ruby rows is just as real to me as herbs from my own garden.


And my sweet and smoked homemade sauce recipe with italian and savory sugars is no Muir Glen in a can!

October 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger PenelopeRose said...

What a lovely way to spend a Fall Sunday morning. We just used the same pasta mix in some of our canning. Sure, I would have loved to have used my own herbs..but, it came down to time. It was that or let the tomatoes go to waste. Unlike store bought pasta sauce, I know where my tomatoes came from and I know who's hands touched them. Let's not forget the love and the pride that each jar contain. Enjoy your day and enjoy your pasta sauce!

October 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey Jenna! Have you been able to get your iphone fixed yet? Also would you share what apps you have on there (you've mentioned its your life line) and also what NP station you listen to? Is it a local one or one of the plethora of ones online at the website or thru the app? You ever think about doing a podcast for ColdAntler? I'm sure you would have a large following ;) ...

October 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

I have Jenna's Made from Scratch white bread baking in the oven right now!
Bet your home smells wonderful with the warm tomato sauce in the works. Anyone have recipes for green tomatoes? The crop isnn't ripening and has to be harvested ASAP

October 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I make (and can) three different kinds of pasta sauce - one that is my grandma's recipe, one that's my mom's, and one that's my own. They're all totally different, but equally delicious and it makes me happy to have three generations of flavors on my pantry shelf.

October 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
OpenID blackbird3398 said...

I started watching Victorian Farm after seeing it on your blog. I really want to make whatever that dish is that she makes with the pig's head. I was pleased to discover the other day that there's Edwardian Farm too!

October 9, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

What a fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning in October. Loving Edwardian Farm...!

October 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

That is a TERRIFIC setup (I do the same thing with my laptop when I'm baking cookies)! Love it, Jenna! Hope you have a great rest of the weekend--

October 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

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