Saturday, September 3, 2011

More Canning? More Cooking? Why Yes, I Beleive So!

skins be gone - pizza, pasta, stew starter - turkey roaster waiting station

Remember those tomatoes from last week?
The ones I had to put in the freezer?
The ones from the farmers market? ($7.00 for about 20 lbs).
 Well yesterday we had  time.
 Let's get them canned up, I said!

We left them whole, more or less, and used the pressure canner.
I was running short on jars so we used a combo of quarts and pints.
Would have preferred to use all wide mouth, but....

We used the hot pack method,
keeping them between warm and hot in the turkey roaster.
Everything went well and we ended up with,
3 quarts, 8 pints and 3 juice.
The juice was the left over liquid in the roaster.

I'd say, we have quite enough tomatoes now!
(Remember, I canned some in January)...
 Anyone needing some of the "said tomatoes"
is welcome to come over and help themselves!

Let me back up!
Before we started on the tomatoes, I put a brisket in the electric roaster,
(about 10 1/2  lbs. for $1.49 a lb.)
and some dry (soaked overnight),  beans in the slow cooker.

OK, moving on....

Brisket waiting to be trimmed - all packaged up - meal size
 The Brisket
Typically, we don't do meat as a main course,
 use it for soups, stews, casseroles, tacos ETC.
I guess I get that trait from my mom, she was
trying to feed 9 people on a limited budget!
She did some wonderful recipes with very little to work with.
(Wish I would have told her, I love you, more often).

So, we packaged the brisket into meal size portions and popped them into the freezer.
(When I say meal size, I mean, big meal, several servings).
I would have rather canned it but I was low on jars, and by this time it was 5pm.

The Beans
My grand-daughter Lauren was over last weekend and
she was watching Nate and I make the crispy breakfast tacos.
(Not that Nathan was really helping, more like,
in and out of the kitchen while playing video games and watching a movie.
I guess he gets his multi tasking from me).

We were tossing around ideas for different fillings and she suggested
using re-fried beans as the binder, chorizo as the meat, and adding scrambled eggs.
Sounded good, might be ugly though, I'm not sure how the eggs will look.

And, as soon as I get my butt away from this laptop,
I'm going to smash some beans and give her idea a try.
I'll let you know how they turn out!

OH, and Sue,
I did at least manage to get the laundry done.
I might even get the dog hair swept up!!!

Yes, my grass is indeed that brown!
What are you guys going to do with your long weekend?

Till next time,


Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Well, you have been busy, and yes, you generally make me feel lazy, Terry! ;)

I washed dishes and filled my bird feeders. Other than that, I've been editing photos and visiting blogs in between.

Anonymous said...

Hi Terry,
The beans and charizo are super good with eggs. We have a taco joing here that makes great breakfast tacos just that way. They do it with Potato, egg, chirizo as well. They will add fresh cilantro and onions if you want. We LOVE them.

Thanks for the comments on my blog. I am just really loving teaching so far.

Glad all is prepared at your house for the coming famine :) We will surely be stopping by. I will bring my freezer full of make ahead meal starts hehehe, you are inspriring me.

Hope to see you soon
Love ya

sawn48 said...

I did a bit of canning today myself. I had Okra and Peppers in the freezer that were taking up a lot of space, so I cooked up a big skillet of something Mom use to serve over rice.Us kids grew up on it and love it.I may open a jar of it for my supper here shortly.Pop doesn't care for rice, but he's at the Tractor Pull at the Fair now anyway.

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Well Nancy, all I have to say is... The dishes are down to once a week for water conserving purposes and the cooking, well, once a week also. No dinner happening here!
Your photos are wonderful and I'm glad you're going to post more verbiage.

Hey Tricha, I did make the chorizo/refried beans/egg thingies today. Yummy!!!
As for the famine, just don't tell the people eater I have the food!
I'm sick of my recipes, bring yours on!

Sue - I'm on my way over to your blog,
can't wait to see what you came up with!