One of the most common emails I receive is ladies asking if I have a good
homemade substitute for dishwasher detergent. After making my own homemade laundry detergent and having such great success I was eager to try and find
something that worked as well in my dishwasher. I found and tried a couple
different recipes. I was not happy with the results at all. The most common
recipe I came across was a combination of washing soda, borax and citric acid
(some recipes used Kool-Aid in place of the citric acid). What I discovered is
that this combination left a cloudy film all over my dishes that was hard as
heck to remove. I quickly went back to Cascade and gave up trying to find a
Well, last week I ran out of dishwasher soap. Because I live rurally just hopping
in the car to run and pick up one item is out of the question. Plus, at that
point my hand had not healed enough to be able to drive (I have a stick shift
and could not shift with my right hand). I had the …
Today was one of those busy days that it seemed I was moving from the time my
feet hit the floor until this evening.. But, I got so much done and that is a
great feeling! :) One of my accomplishments today was canning 14 jars of chicken
noodle-less soup. I call it “noodle-less” because you can’t can noodles. They
end up falling apart. So I canned the chicken, veggies and broth. When I go to
use the soup I will bring it to a boil and then add a handful of noodles (any
type of pasta will work) and cook it until the noodles are done. Because I plan
to add the pasta after the fact I wanted to make sure there was enough chicken
broth to do this. So I only filled my jars about half to two thirds with chicken
and veggies and then filled with chicken broth. Here is how I did this….
I started off with 2 chickens that were a total weight of about 10lbs. I put
them in my 14 quart stock pot…
After I cut up the meat and got the freezer meals done I moved to the beef stew.
I peeled and cut up the potatoes and carrots. I chopped up the onions and sliced
I pulled out 3 quarts of veggie stock from my freezer to use for liquid in the
stew. You can use beef or chicken stock or you can use water. I did not add
anything to thicken the liquid as usually thickeners don’t hold up in canning.
You can thicken the broth after it is opened if you would like.
I added 1 teaspoon salt to each of my 7 hot quart jars. …