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Ok dumb question why by distilled water when it's so easy to make your on .
 

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The water here is so mineral laden, that the vessel for boiling the water (lots of it needed) needs constant clean up. I dunno, Maybe there is an easier way
 

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Well with my water the only issue is clay . Do not a hard clean up. With mineral rich water I don't no but maybe use something like the molded silicon loaf pans to hold the water . They flex and should make cleanup easy.
 

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Test run of the powdered heavy cream almost complete. Definitely going to continue to use it.
 

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I am waiting -- impatiently! - for a screw to be delivered for my cream separator. Then I'm going to see if dehydrator can make powder and test for taste. 🤔. Most years I can have fresh milk all year but, I don't LIKE to milk in Jan/Feb, so normally dry them off. 🤣. On flip of that, I don't use a lot of cream, unless it's to make ice cream or cheese. But, would be good to know I can do/ have in that form.
 

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I am waiting -- impatiently! - for a screw to be delivered for my cream separator. Then I'm going to see if dehydrator can make powder and test for taste.
That sounds like a great idea! Hope it works out well.

I tried canning milk in the past. Ugh...on taste. Luckily the pigs weren't as picky as me, lol!
 

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Our well water is extremely hard. We have an iron filter, but the water softener died, and we haven't replaced it yet. I buy filtered water from the store to use for canning purposes. It is reverse osmosis filtered and I get it for $0.39 per gallon. It is also convenient to have 4 gallons of water ready to pour into the pot at any time. I also use this for the tea pot, watering house plants and making beverages (Kool-Aid for the hubby). It was really nice to have the water on the shelf when we lost power for 3+ days.

I use distilled water in my iron, steam map, and Cpap machine. I will not use distilled water for food prep unless it is called for in the recipe. Partly because it is more expensive and partly because it tastes like crap.
 

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tried canning milk in the past. Ugh...on taste.
Same here! Tried several ways. All sealed, etc, just not drinkable taste. I just freeze some, in case. Usually have a couple cans of evaporated and PKG of shelf life milk type in cabinets.

Powdered cream is just a try it thing. Again, in case. It's here, no buying spend if it's doable. I sure have cream. Only do one or two trays to test.

Neither of us need either because we both have a doe most of the year for fresh. 😁. But ya know how these ideas come to us and we FEEL LIKE we oughta be doing it???? No, some things we don't need to do or grow or have. :lol: :old it's like saving colostrum -- what if? Just a few cups will do.

I have a tiller but can sure hoe if no gas available! My way to think.
 

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Agree! Canning milk was an experiment. I only tried it once, lol. But, animals didn't object to the taste so it wasn't a complete failure. If I still had a bunch of pigs I might continue to do it.

I hope your cream experiment works. I recently purchased some powdered cream. It's a whole lot better than nothing - but I still like mine fresh!
 
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