Canning

http://www.theyummylife.com/Pickled_Jalapeno_Peppers

I followed the above recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Canning is easy! Since you won’t need to pressure cook these, just a water bath, you can just get a big enough pot that will allow you to have an inch of water covering the jars once in there.

Water baths are pretty much for things that don’t have to be cooked so long.
Jalapenos, you water bath. Meat or beans, you pressure cook.

Gotta clean them jars! With hot water and soap.
Leave them sitting in hot water.

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Get the water ready. It needs to start boiling before you put anything in there.

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Place jars in once boiling.
For the jalapenos, you set your timer for 12 minutes. That’s how long they need to be in the boiling water.

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Once the timer goes off, let them sit in there for the water to cool down some. Usually 5-10 minutes.
Take the jars out, place them on a towel and leave them untouched for 12 hours. You might here popping from the jars, that just means the lids are sealing. ย then you can mark the lids and store them. these will stay good for at least one year.

You can get loads of tools and such for canning. like special tongs that let you grip the jars, since they stay hot for some time. especially if pressure canning. There is a blue book that you can get and it gives you all kinds of recipes and how to.

Pressure canning is easy, too.. it’s just time consuming. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to pressure can pinto beans.

We can meat, beans, apple butter, jellies, etc etc… the list is like NEVER ENDING!

Cloth Diaper Tutorial

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Cut your fabric. You should have 1 inner and 1 outer.
Pin together with the right sides together.

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I sew about 1/2-3/4″ away from the edge. It’s really up to you how far you sew..
It only makes the diaper smaller the closer in you sew.
Sew all the way around the diaper leaving an opening for turning right side out.
I always leave my opening at the small end of the diaper. (the part that turns into the front)

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Trim all the way around if you leave enough for trimming. I don’t ever really measure how much I cut off,
but this is the amount I usually leave. Be careful not to cute any of the seams!

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^^ all trimmed up!

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My opening for turning ^^

ELASTIC; I NEVER CUT IT UNTIL IT HAS BEEN SEWN ONTO THE FABRIC.
HELPS MAKE SURE YOU DON’T CUT TO SHORT OR TO LONG AND WASTE ANY.

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Here is where I place my elastic. I always start from the right wing and ALWAYS on the inner fabric (fleece) side.
That helps avoid curling the wrong way when the diaper is finished.

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Make sure your machine stitch is set to zig zag and a wider stitch.
I place my elastic on the seam.
Place your sewing foot down on the end of the elastic and do a few front and back stitches to secure it in place.
Be sure to stretch your elastic WHILE sewing to make it bunch up and be stretchy.

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Here is where my elastic ends on the opposite side.

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Here is the result after leg elastic has been added.

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You will add the back elastic the same as the legs.

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Turn your diaper right side out and get ready to top stitch!

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Fold in your opening to hide the raw edges.

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^ top stitching.

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When you get to where the elastic is you will need to stretch the fabric to avoid your fabric being bunched up.
(see photos below)
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^ stretched leg curve.

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Be careful to not sew over the elastic. You will sew in closer to the center of the diaper to make a ‘case’ around the elastic.

Continue to do your top stitching all the way around the diaper remembering to keep the fabric stretched wherever there is elastic.
Once you have stitched the diaper all around, you can add you snaps or velcro and VIOLA!

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YOU NOW HAVE A FINISHED DIAPER! ๐Ÿ˜€