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Building a "canning Kitchen" in the dungeon.

Post Number:#1  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sun May 19, 2019 7:15 pm


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I like to bottle my own food, and have rabbits, chickens, and a big garden. My wife is a neat orderly person, [ am "not so much" that way]
Our processing of meat animals, and canning of garden produce has always caused a little stress. Even though Dove, my wife often helps, she really dislikes clutter, mess, and congestion in the kitchen.
The "canning" also gets in the way of "normal" kitchen activities, and meal preparation...
I decided to make a "canning kitchen" in the dungeon below this house, for all of our canning. Now, my daughter and i, can bring in as much produce as we want, wash it, and process it, without messing up the "upstairs kitchen".
construction of the "canning kitchen", is now underway ...
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Re: Building a "canning Kitchen" in the dungeon.

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Ghost » Sun May 19, 2019 11:42 pm


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Re: Building a "canning Kitchen" in the dungeon.

Post Number:#3  Unread postby hotzcatz » Mon May 20, 2019 2:03 pm


You'll probably want to waterproof those boards somehow. Most commercial kitchens have stainless countertops since they are easy to keep sterile. For food surfaces, such as butcher block tables and cutting boards, a lot of the recommended finishes are things such as shellac, but that's sensitive to some alcohols. Not sure if that would be an answer to the wood surfaces there or not.
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon May 20, 2019 4:25 pm


hotzcatz wrote:You'll probably want to waterproof those boards somehow. Most commercial kitchens have stainless countertops since they are easy to keep sterile. For food surfaces, such as butcher block tables and cutting boards, a lot of the recommended finishes are things such as shellac, but that's sensitive to some alcohols. Not sure if that would be an answer to the wood surfaces there or not.


I generally use vegetable oil on the wood surface, and .. after cleaning, .. wipe down with clorox and water...
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Shea » Tue May 21, 2019 12:26 pm


Are you leaving the far right counter at a slant?

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Tue May 21, 2019 5:03 pm


Shea wrote:Are you leaving the far right counter at a slant?


Yes, that section will get a sheet of metal over it, so "things" that are washed, can be set there to drain, and the drips will run back into the sink.
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Re: Building a "canning Kitchen" in the dungeon.

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Homer » Thu May 23, 2019 7:16 am


Thanks Michael now I'm going to have to get off my duff and do what I've thought of for several years. I want to build mine outside. I do my canning there to keep the heat out of the house. Heat source is a turkey fryer burner. Seems like when it's time to put up crops here it's hot enough in the house without my help for several days.

I want to use HDPE, high-density polyethylene, to sheet my prep area with. That's the stuff they make cutting boards out of now. The jar loading/dish drying area will get LDPE covering. Much cheaper stuff and I have a 4'x100' roll of that. :)

One thing you might want to think about is putting a drip edge on the drying area so you don't fill your shoe with hot water. ;)

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri May 24, 2019 9:11 am


Homer wrote:
One thing you might want to think about is putting a drip edge on the drying area so you don't fill your shoe with hot water. ;)

Cook-on! :chef:


The metal sheet I ordered, has a 1 inch lip that sticks up on both sides, and it turns down at one end, so it will drip inside the sink.
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby GBov » Sat May 25, 2019 8:54 pm


OMG not only does that look amazing and will be sooooo handy for you and your daughter both but it is incredibly thoughtful and nice of you to do!

Made me smile seeing that much niceness in the world. :bow:

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Fri May 31, 2019 4:31 pm


got the kitchen mostly done now..
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Shea » Fri May 31, 2019 6:53 pm


Very nice! Im jealous truly.

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby GBov » Fri May 31, 2019 7:28 pm


Truly lovely!

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Re: Building a "canning Kitchen" in the dungeon.

Post Number:#13  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:09 am


hotzcatz wrote:You'll probably want to waterproof those boards somehow. Most commercial kitchens have stainless countertops since they are easy to keep sterile. For food surfaces, such as butcher block tables and cutting boards, a lot of the recommended finishes are things such as shellac, but that's sensitive to some alcohols. Not sure if that would be an answer to the wood surfaces there or not.


after sanding and planing the long section of the countertop, I was still unhappy with the uneven surface, [It would still be too hard to keep clean], ...so-- i ordered some metal to cover that section too,
The 5 gal bucket under the sink is a "sand trap", to collect the dirt from washing vegetables, before the water goes on into the drain line.
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Post Number:#14  Unread postby alforddm » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:45 am


Can you tell me how you built the sand trap? I need to build one of these so I'm not washing so much clay down my gray water system. Those counters look amazing!

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Post Number:#15  Unread postby SixGun » Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:07 am


That is absolutely amazing. If all my dreams come true, maybe I can have something like that someday!!

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