Today was a good day. I canned 29 half pint jars of peas and with what is already on the shelf, I should have enough to last at least one year. I seem to use peas a lot. I put them in tuna-macaroni salads and eat them as a vegetable with a meal. My favorite is creamed peas on toast for a quick meal. My mother would make creamed peas or asparagus on toast every once in a while and I still like it. Reminds me of home.
I didn't have as much butter in the freezer as I thought, so I decided to build up my supply before canning. I only have 6 lbs., so will wait until I have 15 or 20. Butter here is spendy, so I only order 4 lbs. at a time in my grocery order. I can wait.
Now that the weather has cooled down some I am back in 'fill the shelves' mode. I looked to see what I needed before filling out my grocery order for Monday. Here's the plan:
4 bags of hashbrowns to dehydrate
4 lbs. of frozen green beans to dehydrate
12 lbs. of hamburger - with the three lbs. in the freezer I will have 15 lbs.
fresh vegetables: cabbage, carrots, celery, green peppers and onions.
It takes about one lb. of hamburger to fill a pint jar. I also ordered taco seasoning. I think I will make taco filling and can it. I tried that once before and it was a success. I just this past week used my last jar of taco meat and I love tacos, so that seems like a good use for the hamburger. I will can at least two more cases of plain hamburger later.
The fresh vegetables will be shredded, mixed together and dehydrated. A couple handfuls of the dried vegetable mix adds flavor to soups or casseroles.
My groceries aren't delivered until Thursday. In the meantime there are several bags of apple slices in the freezer. I am not a tall person. I can not reach the bottom of my chest freezer without practically standing on my head. Oldest Son has taken pity on me and said he will come over after work on Sunday and drag the apples out of the bottom of the freezer for me. They will go into my big roaster to cook down for applesauce.
So that's the plan. Now, I realize that often when we plan, God laughs. And I believe that when God finished creating this wonderful world we live in, he said, "OK, Murphy. You're in charge."
So we shall see how the plan works out. :)
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