MY GRAMMA DIDN'T USE NO STINKING PH METER!!!!!!
Ok, so I may be a little out of touch with the times, and granted...I do live in my own little world....but I like it here!!! In my little world, we remember and follow family traditions. We respect and treasure what we learn from our Mothers and Grandmothers. We value those traits and skills that they took the time to teach us.
After all, they did reach maturity and live to a ripe old age.....even without the FDA, USDA, Health Department, and Home-land Security monitoring their every move. Most of my relatives have lived into their 70's and 80's quite well drinking raw milk and eating home canned food.
So, what's so different about today? Well, to start with, you most certainly cannot produce high acid or acidified foods without a certified kitchen, and "process control". I'm not going to go into a bunch of detail about this, other then to say that you can forget home-made pickles and relishes. If you get them, they're most certainly NOT home-made. Federal Statute won't allow it!!
Can you imagine having to register with Home-land Security...just to sell Salsa? It's true!!! And you Dairy people think you've got it bad......At least you have the "pick up at the farm" option. Picklers can't even do that!!! If you notice, I've shut down all my listings for pickles, relishes and salsas. Wouldn't want to end up in "the Pen" for pushing pickles.
Hmmm, imagine.....black market pickles :) Does give one pause to question things a bit, doesn't it?