I have been a busy chubby granny this week.
Monday my grocery order went in for delivery on Thursday. Chicken was on sale for 77 cents per pound, so I ordered 6 whole chickens and 6 each of the family packs of legs and thighs.
The very next day, Youngest Son called to say he was picking up his brother Wednesday morning to do a Sam's Club run for me.
Wednesday morning I handed the boys my list and some cash and off they went.
I have ordered a pressure canner but it won't be delivered for another week and a half, so the meat I ordered specifically for canning had to be frozen for now. That involved a panic mode cleaning out of freezers in order to have room for the important stuff.
Since I brown hamburger and cook whole chickens before canning the meat, here is what I wound up with when all was said and done.
40 lbs. of hamburger, browned and frozen.
12 whole chickens, cooked, deboned and the meat frozen.
4 whole chickens frozen for future roasting or frying.
30 chicken thighs and 60 chicken legs stuffed into Ziploc bags and frozen. Those I like to pack into wide mouth quart jars and can them whole.
8 lbs. of breakfast sausage that came 2 lbs. per roll. I cut the rolls into thirds, flattened each piece and vacuum sealed them before freezing.
2 large whole pork loins. One I cut into 1-inch thick slices for boneless chops and the other into several small roasts. These were also vacuum sealed and frozen.
9 lbs. frozen blueberries, repackaged 1 cup per bag and frozen.
12 lbs. fresh strawberries, cleaned, halved and frozen in 1 quart freezer bags.
There were also 24 lbs. of frozen hash browns and 18 lbs. of frozen mixed vegetables that have been dehydrated.
I use my home canned food for my everyday meals and was getting a little low on some of the meats. It gives me some peace of mind to be able to restock. And I am blessed with sons who are willing to take the time to shop for me and who haul it all up the stairs without complaint.
I will be pleased when I can get it all into jars and on the shelves.
I probably wouldn't have bought so much meat at one time, but with the reports of meat processing plants closed due to the threat of the virus, I decided I had better get as much as I could while I still could. I have noticed more substitutions and out of stock items in my twice-a-month grocery deliveries than there have ever been before. That isn't just meat, but other products as well.
We live in a world that seems to be upside down and backwards. We have the threat of the virus hanging over our heads. Has anyone else noticed that young children did not get the virus right up to the time school was due to begin and then, all of a sudden, we hear of the dangers of school children becoming infected?
It really isn't about a virus. It is all about control.
So no matter what the elite powers that be decide to throw at us, we had better be ready for it.
Pray and prepare, my friends. Pray and prepare.