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News about the Meat Locker in downtown Ithaca!

Posted by Taryn Hubbard on September 24, 2014 at 11:00am

Tomatoes anybody?

Posted by Natalie friend on August 12, 2014 at 4:38pm

Mason - Our Mascot

Posted by Mark Norton on April 23, 2014 at 7:33am — 5 Comments

Meet the Members: IthacaNancy

Posted by Alison F on February 9, 2013 at 12:00pm

Meet the Members: Rachel Firak

Posted by Katie Quinn-Jacobs on January 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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IthaCan is a volunteer citizens' advocacy effort and recognizes front and center that it is neither infallible or all-knowing. So, use your common sense before following any advice found on this site.

IthaCan and its administrative members assume no responsibility for information disseminated from IthaCan or for what may occur at food preservation gatherings at other people's houses.

General disclaimer: Use IthaCan at your own risk.

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Fall is for Nuts!

It's that time of year for chestnuts and roasting fires.  On one of our fairest fall days, nut lovers from around Tompkins County attended the "Nut Bonanza" at Twisted Tree Farm in Spencer.  Hands on activities, nut nursery items and information on nut growing and processing were on display.

Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and heartnuts grow well here in our Hardiness Zone 5 area and complement fruit plantings in the home orchard.

Roasting chestnuts is easy, but take care when scoring the nuts prior to roasting them.  They can roll under your knife.

Chestnuts by: Twisted Tree Farm

Photo by: Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Latest Activity

Olivia Hall replied to Olivia Hall's discussion ISO milk kefir grains in the group Fermentation
"Thanks, Nancy! I actually just got some grains, but I'll be in touch again if they don't work for me. I appreciate the offer. Olivia"
Dec 11, 2015
IthacaNancy replied to Olivia Hall's discussion ISO milk kefir grains in the group Fermentation
"My sister just gave me some nice kefir grains, and then the dairy where I get my milk announced that they won't be milking the cows this winter, and I've put my share on hold until spring.  I'm taking this as an opportunity to…"
Dec 8, 2015
Olivia Hall added a discussion to the group Fermentation
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ISO milk kefir grains

Does anyone have any milk kefir grains to share? I managed to kill mine somehow. Thanks!
Dec 8, 2015
Diane Florini posted a status
"Canned turkey soup (10 lbs pressure for 1.5 hrs). 4 hrs later, opened the canner and the soup in each jar was still boiling. Is this normal?"
Nov 27, 2015
Todd Etchison replied to Todd Etchison's discussion Canner for Sale in the group Canning
"Just wanted folks to know that the canner found a good home."
Oct 1, 2015
Larry Donahue replied to Todd Etchison's discussion Canner for Sale in the group Canning
"Great canner! I love my 30 qt. I was hoping this one would be smaller, looking for a 10 qt."
Sep 29, 2015
Todd Etchison added a discussion to the group Canning
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Canner for Sale

Just wanted folks to know that I have a craigs list posting for an All American Canner Model 921 for sale.  It has never been used.  We bought it but too big for our stove for canning.  Looking to get $175.00 for it.    See More
Sep 29, 2015
Todd Etchison joined Katie Quinn-Jacobs's group
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Canning

Canning topics: water bath, pressure canning, supplies, etc.
Sep 29, 2015
Todd Etchison posted a status
"Have not been on the site in awhile but wanted to alert folks that I have a never been used All American Canner model 921 for sale for $175"
Sep 29, 2015
Profile IconNandi Cohen, Surik Mehrabyan, Peggy Haine and 5 more joined IthaCan
Sep 10, 2015
Ruth Williams replied to Olivia Hall's discussion Water kefir 2F doesn't fizz in the group Fermentation
"Hi Olivia, Mine never takes that long, especially in warmer weather. Have you used molasses and/or a dried fig for minerals? That seems to make mine really happy and active. About 1/8 t of unsulphered black strap.  That may explain why…"
Aug 28, 2015
Olivia Hall added a discussion to the group Fermentation
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Water kefir 2F doesn't fizz

I'm new to water kefir. I've tried a 2F in Grolsch bottles, but it doesn't get fizzy, at least not after 3-4 days. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?I let 1F go for the full 48 hours, but it still tastes pretty sweet to me (so I imagine there's enough sugar left for 2F?). I've tried leaving 2F plain or adding blueberries or candied ginger (some of my go-tos for kombucha 2F). No luck so far.Thanks!See More
Aug 27, 2015
Olivia Hall joined Katie Quinn-Jacobs's group
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Fermentation

Discuss fermentation techniques, preferences, resources and gizmos here.
Aug 27, 2015
Paul Stewart Lausell is now a member of IthaCan
May 11, 2015
Profile Iconanna McCown and Kelda joined IthaCan
May 5, 2015
IthacaNancy replied to Anne Marie Whelan's discussion Chicken sitter? in the group Livestock
"Hi Anne, we might be able to help. Can you let us know the dates and address off line ? My email is nnorton 'at' Mac 'dot' com. Nancy"
Jan 7, 2015

Some of our Members

ALERT! Little green man invasion!

We love our mascot Mason, but we also want to see a picture from you!

To replace the default profile image with one of your own...simply go to the "My Page" tab and click on the link "Settings" in the right-hand column, then click on "Profile Photo" to browse your computer and select your photo file. Be sure to click "Done". Your photo will appear immediately.

IthaCan's Mission

IthaCan was created to help the people of Tompkins County, NY, meet up with others in our area who are interested in preserving food at home. You don't have to be an expert to get started, just have a willingness to learn and connect with like-minded people. The fun takes care of itself once you jump in.

Preserving food at home is important, because it...
• Is critical to the development of the local foodshed
• Builds community resiliency
• Encourages household self-reliance
• Can contribute significantly to individual efforts to lower carbon footprints
• Is a wonderful way to network with others, to learn and share.
 
 
 

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IthaCan is a web-based social network where home food preservers in Tompkins County organize food preserving events and share information.

Resources

Bulk Foods

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs May 17, 2009 at 8:45am. Last updated by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Sep 24, 2014.

Books

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Mar 24, 2009 at 5:38pm. Last updated by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Aug 6, 2014.

Farmers

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs May 17, 2009 at 7:39am. Last updated by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Nov 18, 2012.

Recommended Websites

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Mar 23, 2009 at 10:00am. Last updated by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Oct 5, 2010.

Resources

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Mar 23, 2009 at 9:50am. Last updated by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Sep 19, 2010.

Retailers

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs May 17, 2009 at 8:27am. Last updated by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Feb 28, 2010.

Articles

Created by Katie Quinn-Jacobs Mar 26, 2009 at 11:28am. Last updated by Alison F May 26, 2009.

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