9 Days And Counting

The brisket was a success. It cooked 7 1/2 hours at 225°. I sliced the rest today.

Looks like I’ll either be dragging brush to the brush pile, or cutting down the landscape timber to fit the hole for the gate. Even Big Lou with striking hammer abuse could not bust out the concrete. OK then…or neither.

I did manage to make a batch of homemade Cracker Jacks. Now I remember why I don’t make them often..


I got up to start the canning this morning. It do make a difference if everything is thawed, washed, and heated ready to begin…and that’s the easy part. It still takes a while to hit the 11 lb mark to start the 55 minute timer.

Note to self…2 40 oz bags of corn kernels is just barely over 7 pint jars.

We’re at 1243′ elevation here, so 11 psi is the target on the pressure gage. I’m there now, I just gotta watch it for some final tweaking; which seems to be constant.

I might make some Bert Porter Bread today. The wife says I shouldn’t be outside, and subject myself to a relapse..at least, not right away.

Bread is now on the first rise.

corn is done…

As I said, not much going on here.

The bread will be done in about 2 1/2 hours.

Fresh sliced bread with some brisket; hmmm.

17 thoughts on “9 Days And Counting

  1. I never canned corn. We would vacuum pack whole ears and pint sized cream style to put in the freezer. When I was growing up we had an upright freezer for vegetables and a chest freezer for meat. Fresh bread sounds good. I stopped making bread when I got the news about diabetes.

  2. Do you actually adjust for elevation? We used to be over 6,000 ft. elevation and that did make a difference in a lot of things-cooking times, carbureator settings, just about anything that depended on the air pressure or oxygen content in the high altitude air. Carbureator tuners (a dying breed) will tell you that for every 1,000 ft. of elevation gain there is 3% less oxygen in the air. So at 6,000 ft. there is 18% less oxygen compared to sea level.

    Sounds like the concrete was made many years ago from good quality portland cement-the crap they pass off these days as portland do not compare to what it used to be years ago.

    Take your time before you hit your full stride again-we don’t bounce back nearly as fast as when we were kids. For me it even takes twice as long even for a scab from a cut to fully mend and fall off on its own as it did when I was younger.

  3. Its the anticipation of the in-law visit which makes it worse by my experience. If I try and keep it light and civil and already know ‘stuff is going to aggravate me’, the visit goes by quicker. That or my in-laws aren’t quite as annoying.

    Try and make yourself scarce during the visit Ex. A relapse would be the perfect “Y’all go ahead and go without me – I’ll stay here and not get anyone else sick.”

  4. Just found your blog – and bookmarked it. We are counting down days too – at number 11. The kids, spouses and grandchildren are all coming for our annual get together, but we are looking forward to it immensely. If it gets too noisy with the grands (7 of them) hubs will go outside to work in the garden or out in his shop to rest his ears. Enjoy reading your blog, pretty down to earth, frustrations and successes.

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