That flu bug is sneaky. You think you are over it, for the nasty symptoms have disappeared. But then there is a week or so of feeling weak and tired. That's where I have been. Spent way too much time in my recliner, under my green fuzzy blanket. Finally this morning I woke up feeling close to normal. Well, normal for a chubby grannie with various and assorted old age things going on. Guess I need to call that the 'new normal.' :)
So as long as I was feeling pretty chipper, I took look at my canning shelves. Seems I have used food from them a bit more often than I realized. I'm going to have to stop being a lazy slug and get busy, replacing what I have used.
I need to can corn and peas. For those of us who can't garden any more, I find that buying frozen vegetables on sale works well for me. I just pour them into a pot, cover with water and heat them until they are thawed and warm. Then it is to can them the same as if they were fresh. They turn out just fine.
I am waiting for chicken legs to go on sale. Four legs will fit nicely into a quart jar. I add water or broth and run them through my pressure canner for 75 minutes. They are good for a variety of meals, but I particularly like them for chicken and dumplings.
Although I have lots of soups canned, I need to make more vegetable soup. I have chicken vegetable but want to have some vegetable beef soup on hand. It is super easy to make. It takes bags of frozen mixed vegetables, cubed potatoes and carrots, onions, tomatoes and cubes of beef roast. I usually brown the beef cubes first for flavor and then just mix it all together with broth for the liquid. If I don't have broth on hand, I just use water with some beef bouillon mixed in, and can pints for 75 minutes.
Guess I had better stop talking about it and get busy. I will be ordering some of the ingredients in two weeks when I do my next grocery order. Sometimes I get a bit complacent, thinking that I have well stocked shelves. Can't let that happen. Preparing isn't just a one time thing. It is a lifestyle. About the time I let thing slide is the time when a life changing event will come along and I might wish I had been a bit more diligent.
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