Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

Answering Your Questions :) & Updates

Most of these have to do with Canning Potatoes post. This post is the most read/looked up/searched for post on this blog. Which to me is a little funny as I have canned potatoes for 10 plus years. Now more and more people are canning more than just jellies and  vegs.


Tanya: love your web site…I too am into canning and have gotten a friend of mine into it but she came across a problem that I have never had so wondering if you have…She canned potatoes and at least half of them the lid actually popped up..later when they cooled off they went back down but left wrinkles in the you think they are safe and has this ever happened to you…thanks for any help are suggestions///


Sometimes this happens to me too, at least one time a canning season. I think it’s the lids (weak). If the jars have sealed, they are still good. But I do use those with the wrinkled tops first. If they didn’t seal put in the icebox and use as soon as you can.



Katye Birdsong:  Becky, Do you have a recipe for canning peppers? chili and banana peppers?


No, I don’t. I usually freeze mine.


Oscar:  Good afternoon Ms. Becky I hope you and your family are well. I would like to can the makings of a potato soup/stew. Can potatoes be canned along with other vegetables such as onions and carrots….or beef?
Take care. O.W.


Yes, you can can potatoes with all you listed above. But I have found it easier here at our home to can them all by them selves, as you can do more with them not mixed. When I make Beef stew- in a pot put a jar of: potatoes, carrots, beef(meat), and any thing else you like in there, cook to warm up and eat. But if you want to mix them look in a canning book and see which takes the longest and can for that time for mixed things. This goes for all things you mix to can, use the longest time. Hope this helps, if not let me know and I’ll try again. ok


Yvon:  Becky, I just got a pressure canner and was very eager to try it. Mom has done her veggies all her life in a water bath but thought I would do the safer thing and get a pressure canner. I just tried to can to qts of potato for my first try. One didn’t seal so I thought I would taste them. I’m a potato lover and I have to say I have never tasted worse potatoes in my life. They almost had a burnt taste without being burnt or over cooked. What did I do wrong. I followed the Bernadin book. It’s early June and used old potatoes, could that be the problem? Thanks   Yvon, a newbie at canning.


It is best to pressure can most vegs, some are safe to hot water bath, but not many. Old potatoes are your problem for sure.  I have at times used store bought potatoes on sale but they must be hard still, with no eye growth. Most times I can the potatoes out of the garden, dig up one day and can them the next. Good luck and let me know how it goes canning this year please.


Katye Birdsong:  Becky, Have you ever thought of writing a book? Your website is so interesting! I’m sure it would sell! My husband came up with that idea.


Ok Lord, I get the hint. Katye you see, you and your husband are not the first to say that. My late husband being the first( 2 1/2 years ago.) and then other readers here.  But that would be stepping out of my comfort zone. And second, I have not the faintest clue were to start, or how to put it in a book form.  So for now you all get it free here. 🙂 But as this writing a book thing keeps come up all around me, I will look more into. But please pray for me in this area, that the Lord’s will be done, as this is why I started the blog here.



  Tasha’s baby, Gabby, is now about 6 1/2 lbs as of today, and is due in under 3 weeks. We are ready and trying hard to wait on her. Tasha had an ultra sound today, the last one. Little Miss Gabby is head up and feet down. Please pray that she will turn the right way soon. Thank you for all your prayers for me and my family.

    I’m doing good most days, more so than a month ago. Thank you Lord. I really miss my better half, a lot. And I’m learning to live again, one day at a time. I’m finding me. (Only moms and wives will understand this.) Some how we lose ourselves over the years. The girls are doing great. We are waiting for our blessing from above, Miss Gabby.

   The farm is doing good. I have made bigger chicken pens. I need to make 2 more different pens. We are chicken sitting for about 8 weeks. Now that’s a true farm, chicken sitting (watching for a out of town friend). Really starting to miss the fresh cows milk. I have a few gallons in the freezer for when I get the withdraw shakes for fresh raw cow’s milk.  🙂 🙂

   I have not found any new tips, hints, money savers lately. I only planted tomatoes and strawberries this year. Our food barn is full ( only 3 girls eating and no men, should last us way longer than a year), and it’s been a long time since I/we have enjoyed a summer, more than 10 years. So the girls and I are going to see what we can do besides hoe and weed all summer. I think Tommy knew this too, when he had me start stocking foods 3 years ago. But next year will be garden time again. This will be a easy summer for us because of Tommy’s insight.

   Well I better go for now. Thank you all very much for reading my blog. May God bless you all. Have a great day.


June 10, 2009 - Posted by | Canning, chickens, family, farm life, freezing, garden, self sufficiency, Stocking up, update | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Glad things are going better for you and the girls. When you find yourself I am sure you will like what you find! Your head is on straight and your heart is in alignment with Jesus. What more could any of us ask for?

    Comment by Pam | June 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ms. Becky,
    First of all, add my name to the ranks of all those who love, and feel blesses by you and your website!
    Secondly, I think that you writing a book is a wonderful idea. I’ve wanted to myself for years now. Circumstances however have made it almost impossible for me.
    I’d like to share the best piece of advice I’ve ever heard about book writing on any particular subject. Begin writing as if it were a personal “How-To” book to one of your friends or family. Write until you’ve taught that person all you can about whatever it is. THEN, turn it over to someone to do the organizing it into book form. Just make sure you get to approve the final print!
    Good Luck, and may God richly Bless both you and yours!
    Kathy in Alabama

    Comment by Kathy Moon | November 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. Can you pell the potatoes and cann them the next day?

    Comment by marie | November 4, 2009 | Reply

  4. ms. becky, unbelieveble website, what foods should i store in case food becomes hard to get. my garden is growing, last summer was a good year (mushroom soil) sweet tomatoes,huge toatoes. thank you very much for your help. kindest reguards steve

    Comment by steve bernardo | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. hi becky.
    i would like to thank you for the help with canning potatoes.
    it was fun i just did not get that many plants, next year i will plant more now that i know how to do it.
    i did do a lot of tomatoes ( stewed, sauce and anyway i could, i also did some green beans and a lot of corn.
    i just got a steam cuisine which i was wondering if you or any of your readers can tell me what i can cook in it or if there is a web site, don’t even know how to use it came with no papers.

    Comment by ginny | December 22, 2009 | Reply

  6. hi becky hope you had a healthy winter.
    while it is that time of the year again, i had just the right amount of stewed tomatoes but will do more this year, going to get tall cabinet just for caned things, have 4 bags corn on cob in freezer,
    we have planted turnups and beets this year, now i have to find out how to can them, i think i do the beets the same way as potatoes use pressure cooker,
    i do not even remember eating turnups so have no idea what to do with them, need help. the things i did last year turned out good, but frost hit us this year and we lost a lot, had to replant but hubbie said some it was tolate to do over.

    Comment by ginny | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  7. I am fairly new to canning and am wondering why you can not “hot water bath” can potatoes? I tried it without researching it and have found after a week, my lids are popping up and the liquid is seeping… it also smells really really bad 😦 I was hoping to be able to can potatoes and I do not pressure can. Any advice?

    Comment by S. L. | August 7, 2010 | Reply

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