Mama Buzz expressed an interest in trying out my ferments, which led to pondering and discussion about how to safely ship foods that, if left at room temperature for any length of time, will create CO2.
My experimental solution was to screw canning rings over 4 layers of plastic wrap. I figured the wrap could bulge, or even break, if gas built up, sparing the glass jar from breakage. Mama Buzz received the box and said, “nice job with ferments…plastic wrap was a good idea, they are all bulging but not broken.” Yay!
Mama Buzz asked for a zippy bag for each jar to confine any leaked food. This turned out to be an excellent idea, since some of the jars dribbled a bit. Those rings are designed to hold the cap on, not make a seal. Plus I jammed 4 layers of plastic wrap in the screw spaces. It would be surprising if there had not been some dribbling.
The jars then got wrapped in mini bubble pack. I’ve shipped my canned fruits this way many times without any problem. Nine of these size jars fits into the large Flat Rate Priority box, which costs $17.90 to ship. There is some space top, bottom and on the sides, so I always put more bubble pack all around and have never had a jar break during shipping.
I did have one jar split open one time, but that was my own dumb fault. I sent a jar of my home-made mouthwash (essential oil hydrosol) and forgot to leave 1″ headroom. It froze in shipping, which split (but did not shatter) the jar and leaked some wet into the box. Hence, Mama Buzz’s wisdom-borne-of-experience regarding zippy bags. 🙂
Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee Year for the Church, calling it a “Holy Year of Mercy.”
Jubilee of Mercy Announcement from Pope Francis
The year will begin on December 8 2015, the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council, and conclude on November 20 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.
The Pope told the faithful at St Peter’s Basilica:
“Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy.
“It is a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”
“I am convinced that the whole Church will be able to find in this jubilee the joy of rediscovering and making fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and every woman of our time,” Francis added, entrusting the Holy Year to Mary, Mother of Mercy.
I have added the Year of Mercy to my Speculative End Times Calendar. Today, March 14, 2015, is Adar 23, 5775, on the Hebrew calendar. The solar eclipse that bisects the Blood Moon Tetrad will be Adar 29 to Nisan 1 … next Friday to Saturday. Nisan 1 is the first day of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, the church new year. (The civil new year is Tishri 1, Rosh Hashanah.) Click on the graphic to embiggen. It is legible if printed on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper.
Our Lady’s Medjugorje message from February 25, 2015:
“Dear children! In this time of grace I call all of you: pray more and speak less. In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you. I am with you and am praying with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”