I guess I will never get the hang of cooking for one person. When you spend several years cooking meals to feed four hungry kids it is not easy to scale back, even when the kids have been out of the house and on their own for a goodly number of years.
I have had three meals of the turkey vegetable soup I made on Sunday. That's pretty much my limit of how many meals of leftovers I can handle. So I dumped the remaining soup into the crock pot this morning and added another quart of turkey broth. I thought maybe some peas and corn would taste good in the soup, so I tossed in a pint of each, too. Let it heat on the Low setting the better part of the day.
This afternoon after I had put my grocery order away and had the salad fixings in the dehydrators, I heated some pint jars and filled them with soup. They went into the pressure canner and were processed at 10 lbs. pressure for 75 minutes. I got 7 pints of soup to add to my canning shelves. That might not seem like much, but I just hate to waste perfectly good food. Those 7 pints equal a weeks worth of lunches. I may be a bit tired of it now, but it will look pretty good to me after a while.
Remember when TV dinners first appeared in the stores? I think every family on the block owned a set of TV trays and we would take our TV dinners and put them in front of us on the TV trays in the living room and eat supper watching the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mothers everywhere loved TV dinners because they could serve their family a meat and potato meal just by popping the frozen dinner in the oven. My parents, being frugal, bought just enough TV dinners to collect maybe a dozen or so of the aluminum trays. They washed them well and then filled them with leftovers, covered them with aluminum foil and stacked them in the freezer. I have to say that the TV dinners made with home cooked food tasted way better than the store bought variety.
I sometimes think my parents were the King and Queen of Waste Not, Want Not!
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