Yesterday Son came home with nine pounds of bacon ends and pieces. This morning I diced the meat, lightly browned it, packed it into half pint jars and ran it through my pressure canner. Tomorrow I will wash and label the jars and put them on the shelf. I got 17 half pints. I find that both Son and I like these home canned bacon bits. They have so many uses. We eat them mixed with scrambled eggs or in omelets. They are good in a green salad. They add flavor to nearly any type of potato casserole type dish. I may have to do a couple more batches because we use them often.
A little while ago I did a post about canning cheese sauce. This past week I used a jar of it to make a small side dish of mac and cheese and it turned out really good. I like broccoli with cheese sauce and I'm sure there are other uses for it. The cheese sauce maintained the right consistency and flavor through the canning process. I can get #10 cans of it at my local grocery, so I will likely can more in the small jars.
It has been hot and humid here this past week. Early this morning (Friday) one of those fast moving storms rolled through. A lightning strike close enough to bring me completely awake from a sound sleep (takes a lot to accomplish that) knocked our power out for an hour or two. We have had few storms this summer so far, but the ones we have had have been fast and violent. I would like to see a day of just gentle rain that would cool things down a bit. I am really looking forward to fall.
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