One of the advantages of living a simple lifestyle is that it takes very little to make me happy. My happiness doesn't come from the amount of money I have or the stuff I own. It comes from the little things.
Like today. While at the grocery store I checked the price of hamburger. The kind I usually buy was $2.59 a pound. I put a 5 lb. package in my cart. About 20 minutes later I was back at the meat counter looking for something I had forgotten, and found that the hamburger had been reduced to $1.29 a pound. Today was the "Sell By" date. So this time I put 30 lbs into my cart.
After I got home, I browned it all and packed part of it into pint jars. The third canner load is processing as I write. Will finish canning the rest tomorrow morning. I should wind up with at least 35 pints of hamburger. That amounts to close to 70 meals for me, as I can generally get two meals out of one pint jar.
Yep.....it's the little things.
By the way.....if anyone is interested in canning hamburger, I have tried a couple of different methods. The first hamburger I canned, I browned the meat, packed it into jars, added broth and canned it according to the directions for ground beef. When I tried a jar of that hamburger, I wasn't at all happy with it. It turned out with sort of the taste and consistency of dog food. Which is what I will use that batch for.
Then I read a post by Jackie Clay on the Backwoods Home blog. She is a canning goddess and many of the methods and recipes I use successfully come from her blog. (The link is in the sidebar.) She said that the method she uses for hamburger is the same process I used, except she doesn't add any liquid to the jars. I tried it and it worked like a charm. The hamburger turns out just like it was cooked fresh.
Another of those simple things that make me happy.
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