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Forum: Preppers Yesterday, 03:49 PM
Replies: 304
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Posted By smkranz
The Canning Thread

Today’s efforts produced 8 pint jars of hot and spicy chips based on Ball Blue Book’s Cucumber Sandwich Pickles recipe (roughly doubled) with 2 jalapeño and 2 habanero peppers (with seeds) added; and...
Forum: Preppers February 25th, 2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
More is always better than less. [emoji1] ...

More is always better than less. [emoji1]


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Forum: Maryland 2A Issues February 24th, 2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,446
Posted By smkranz
In light of the bills pending in Annapolis, and...

In light of the bills pending in Annapolis, and the anti-2A hate in DC, yesterday I wrote to my Carroll County commissioner Dennis Frazier to ask about the status of the Carroll County Second...
Forum: Preppers February 21st, 2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Yesterday was my first try with Tattler reusable...

Yesterday was my first try with Tattler reusable lids, on wide-mouth quart jars of wild boar stew* that I pressure-canned.

The lids and sealing rings went into a bowl of boiling water and stayed...
Forum: Preppers February 12th, 2021, 12:44 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
I just invested in some Tattler lids, 3 dozen of...

I just invested in some Tattler lids, 3 dozen of each size for $54, with free shipping, and no stinkin MD sales tax. They will pay for themselves after just a couple uses, and I’m getting tired of...
Forum: Preppers February 10th, 2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
The Canning Thread

Basic recipe is from the Ball Blue Book. It doesn't have liquid volumes so I just played that by ear, and used half water and half beef stock, enough to cover the food in the pot plus a little...
Forum: Preppers February 9th, 2021, 02:14 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Took the day off, wandered through my fave...

Took the day off, wandered through my fave supermarket (Wegmans Hunt Valley) for a couple hours, found some more jars and lids, and ended by putting up 4 quarts of vegetable beef stew, plus extra for...
Forum: Preppers February 5th, 2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Yup, like this. ...

Yup, like this.

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Forum: Preppers February 5th, 2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Three sets each of pint and quart jar crates...

Three sets each of pint and quart jar crates arrived today.

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Forum: Preppers February 4th, 2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Today’s take from Walmart in Westminster (where...

Today’s take from Walmart in Westminster (where low-income city dwellers are). They have pint, and half-pint jars, regular Ball bands & lids, and these Mainstays brand that are made in the U.S. ...
Forum: Preppers February 3rd, 2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Gotta love Gab. ...

Gotta love Gab.

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Forum: Rifles January 24th, 2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,138
Posted By smkranz
Yes. It’s not an advertised feature. ...

Yes. It’s not an advertised feature.


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Forum: Central Maryland January 17th, 2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,890
Posted By smkranz
Derp...operator error! Just sent.

Derp...operator error! Just sent.
Forum: Central Maryland January 16th, 2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,890
Posted By smkranz
Incoming PM.

Incoming PM.
Forum: Central Maryland January 14th, 2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,890
Posted By smkranz
It's actually a pretty small bathroom, similar in...

It's actually a pretty small bathroom, similar in size to yours. We will buy a box or two of floor tiles, and pick out and purchase matching sink and light fixtures. I think the price he quoted...
Forum: Central Maryland January 14th, 2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,890
Posted By smkranz
We are refreshing, rather than totally...

We are refreshing, rather than totally remodeling, our master bath. Our contractor is a small (he's short) independent guy who did our kitchen and living room over the past two years, and is a total...
Forum: The Depot January 10th, 2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,419
Posted By smkranz
Yup, thanks I just picked up the red one with the...

Yup, thanks I just picked up the red one with the tailgate at the Westminster WM. There's one left there. They also had the one with larger wheels for "rough terrain", and other basic ones without...
Forum: Rifles January 10th, 2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,138
Posted By smkranz
AS-007 Nov 2020 production deliveries?

The 2X suppressors are quiet enough to allow indoor use. Backstopping the target is a bitch, tho.


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Forum: Admin News and Announcements January 9th, 2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 19,909
Posted By smkranz
Thanks, Norton.

Thanks, Norton.
Forum: Preppers January 1st, 2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Thanks for the feedback. I’m pretty well...

Thanks for the feedback. I’m pretty well convinced that the split pea soup erupted out of the jars because there was too little water in the canner, and it went just about dry. Thankfully it did no...
Forum: Preppers January 1st, 2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Today's soup canning episode was a success...

Today's soup canning episode was a success compared with last week's pea soup. Southwestern vegetable soup from the Ball Blue Book yielded 4 quarts plus about a pint for Q.C. Started with about 2.5...
Forum: Preppers December 27th, 2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
This afternoon I used my new pressure canner for...

This afternoon I used my new pressure canner for the first time, on a batch of split pea and ham soup recipe from the Ball Blue Book. The recipe was doctored only slightly, by doubling it, using...
Forum: Preppers December 27th, 2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
This morning’s task was three quick & easy pint...

This morning’s task was three quick & easy pint jars of “Pennsylvania Dutch” red beet pickled quail eggs. These were not water bath canned, just put into the fridge. For the brine I used the liquid...
Forum: Preppers December 26th, 2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Thanks y'all. I've also done a little searching,...

Thanks y'all. I've also done a little searching, and maybe gumbo isn't the best thing for us to can, at least not yet.
Forum: Preppers December 26th, 2020, 12:11 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
I’ll be doing a test run with the new canner...

I’ll be doing a test run with the new canner tomorrow with just water, to see how it all works together with our glass top stove., before I do something simple on Sunday the first time out, like...
Forum: Preppers December 24th, 2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Baby arrived today. She weighs in at about 15...

Baby arrived today. She weighs in at about 15 lbs.

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Forum: Preppers December 18th, 2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
I went with the 910 which looks like the small...

I went with the 910 which looks like the small one. Says it handles 7 pints or 4 quarts at a time, which is pretty much the same capacity of my water bath canner.
Forum: Preppers December 17th, 2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
Just received an email today that the All...

Just received an email today that the All American pressure canner that I ordered in August is finally preparing to ship. Woo-hoo! We're gonna need more shelving.
Forum: Preppers December 14th, 2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 14,926
Posted By smkranz
I trust in Ball over the USDA any day of the week...

I trust in Ball over the USDA any day of the week and twice on Sundays, for canning guidelines.

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Forum: Preppers November 24th, 2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 963
Views: 74,246
Posted By smkranz
LOL, so I just did some math and maybe you’re...

LOL, so I just did some math and maybe you’re right. Maybe two years... [emoji848]


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Forum: Preppers November 24th, 2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 963
Views: 74,246
Posted By smkranz
As I told a young gun owner a few years back...

As I told a young gun owner a few years back during the last panic, when he asked why I needed a literal closet full of ammo, “How much is enough, if you can’t buy any more?”

So maybe not quite...
Forum: Preppers November 24th, 2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 963
Views: 74,246
Posted By smkranz
Building the wall... ...

Building the wall...

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Forum: The Depot November 22nd, 2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,677
Posted By smkranz
I'll add a vote for the Gun Vault Mini. It is...

I'll add a vote for the Gun Vault Mini. It is easily concealable (say, on the floor between a bed and night stand, with a small trash can in front of it), secures to a fixed object either by...
Forum: Preppers November 22nd, 2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,228
Posted By smkranz
Last week I got reacquainted with our exercise...

Last week I got reacquainted with our exercise bike for the first time since about last December. And damn...I have a lot of catch-up work to do. While I've miraculously been able to maintain my...
Forum: Event Planning November 21st, 2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,804
Posted By smkranz
It's a long lost cause, but the spirit lives...

It's a long lost cause, but the spirit lives...
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