Tuesday, January 29, 2013
My Canning and Conveinent Mixes
I am so glad that last year I canned a lot of convenient types of items and made up some convenient mixes. Yesterday I made a pot of Vegetable Beef Soup and used a jar of the soup veggies and a jar of tomatoes. Since I retired we eat a bigger variety of meals because I have all the stuff ready to use. If you remember in December I made up some stuffing mix so we could have stuffing through the year and not just at holiday times. We've used 2 bags so far and when I get down to the last bag I will for sure be making more. I didn't have a recipe but came up with my own and I have to say I did an excellent job. There is nothing I will do different the next time I make it. Both times I just poured the bag of stuffing in a baking dish, added a quart of turkey broth, mix it well and then put some butterfly pork chops on top. I cover this with foil for the first hour and a half and then remove the foil for the last 20 minutes or so. You could also do this with chicken but Ron likes it better with chops. Another thing that I canned was new potatoes and we use those all the time too. The other night I poured the liquid off of a jar of potatoes, put them in a baking dish, drizzled some olive oil on them and then sprinkled them with garlic powder, salt and pepper and baked them for about an hour. Oh so good and easy. My favorite is the potatoes and carrot mixture, I use when we have roast or when I make stew. All you have to do is cook the meat in the crock pot and about 2 hours before you eat add the jar of potatoes and carrots. Before I canned these things we ate a lot of meat and very few veggies with them.