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Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

Tattler 2 Piece Lid & Gasket

October’s Ask Granny Question With A Short VideoHello Mrs. Grossman, I just had what I would call a catastrophic failure. I finally got the courage up to use the new tattler lids yesterday. I had 36 of them and 19 DID NOT seal. Now, I have been canning for approx. 23-24 years with a brief…

Preppers Versus Tradition

Fall Grasshopper

Just in time for “National Preparedness Month” – here’s September’s ASK GRANNY.  Granny Miller, I’ve recently been exposed to your website for the first time.  I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far.  I actually found a link which led me to you while I was visiting the Rawles survival blog. I’m interested to know why…

How To Keep Snakes Out Of The Chicken House

Chicken House With A Dirt Floor

Here’s this month’s Ask Granny question. I very much enjoy reading your website, and have a question that I haven’t seen addressed there yet. I have successfully raised healthy chickens, geese and turkeys. I will never forget the year that my sons and I hefted our chicken house and were horrified to find 3 huge…

Why Won’t My Yeast Bread Rise?

Crusty Whole Wheat Bread

My wife and I are having a terrible time making yeast bread. Every recipe we have tried has failed to rise. Any idea what we may be doing wrong? We have tried about 5 different recipes including yours and cannot get the bread to rise. Harold Harold – Without more information I’d have to guess…

Advice About Oil Lamps

Early Morning

Granny, The oil lamps in the background of your pictures are beautiful! Do you have any advice on what to look for in an oil lamp? Aladdin? Thanks, Christine Why thank you Christine! As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 kinds. Mantle lamps, flat or round wick lamps, floating wick…

Which Tomato Is Best For Canning & Making Sauces?

Making Tomato Juice

Dear Granny, Which tomato should I grow for canning and making sauces? Which is good for eating? What is so great about heirlooms? Are hybrids better? Is there tomatoes that produce all during the season or do they produce one big crop at the same time? Susan Susan – A lot depends upon location, personal…

What Kind Of Lamp Oil Doesn’t Smell?

Aladdin Lamp

Granny – Will you be so kind as to tell me what kind of oil you use in your beautiful oil lamps. I have been using the store bought lamp oil and after a while of burning, the smell makes me really sick, a heavy oily smell fills the room. Thank you so much. Emerald…

How Long Do Your Winter Squash Keep?

Acorn Squash

Granny – How long do your winter squash keep? I just had to throw mine out and read that they are only meant to last until December. But I for some reason thought I would be able to eat them until spring. Did I store them wrong, or do they only last until December? Thanks…

What Kind Of Sheep & Goats Do You Raise?

Sheep Grazing Near Apple Trees

Granny – You talk about your sheep and goats often. What type breeds do you have? Meat or milk goats? And do you use your sheep for meat or mainly wool? What breeds are they? I raise pure bred Border Cheviot sheep. I also have 3 sheep MontadaleX Cheviot ewes that I bought this past…