Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

I’ve been canning again

You know how ground beef recipes will say “brown the beef” at the beginning?  Well, I like making sure the beef is already browned and waiting for the rest of the recipe.  It sure does shorten the time necessary to make a meal.  That goes for other types of ground meat too.  Chicken, turkey, pork, can all be pre-cooked for convenience.

I could have packaged this in convenient one cup size for the freezer but instead of letting packages of cooked meat take up valuable freezer space I choose to can my ground beef.  I canned it in half pint size which is about the same as 1/2 pound or one cup. Thats just right for a recipe for two people or one person with leftovers for a second meal.

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Have you ever bought a small can of chicken for quick meal prep?  I don’t buy chicken in a can.  I can my own.  Why?  Well, if I can my own I know exactly whats in it.  No ingredients I can’t pronounce or spell goes into MY chicken.

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I also canned 10 half pints of mushrooms I got from the discount produce at the grocery.  I had already used my last jar and needed more. I eat mushrooms a lot.

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While I was busy canning anyway, I decided to use the zucchini for relish before it went bad.  There simply isn’t enough room in the freezer for zucchini right now.  I didn’t want to waste them and I do use lots of relish too.  I like pickle relish on sandwiches and in salads so why not a zucchini relish.  I had a packet of Mrs Wages I bought last year from the discount bin so I used that.

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I got a little over 12 half pint jars of relish from those.  I put the little bit extra in the fridge to use after 48 hours.  There is enough for one sandwich.  Waste not want not.

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So that’s what I’ve been doing the last few days as well as finishing a quilt for a customer.  My canning was done during breaks from the quilting machine while storms went by.  I turn off or unplug anything electric during storms.  Especially my quilting machine.

I hope everyone has a great, safe, frugal, fun, holiday weekend.

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3 comments on “I’ve been canning again

  1. mea
    July 26, 2015

    I agree, if possible, do avoid funny sounding ingredients in food. I used up a canned spaghetti sauce yesterday and ended up with a head ache. Turns out it contained MSG, and high fructose corn syrup. From now on I will only buy pure tomato sauce and add proper ingredients myself. Isnt it the dickens that food manufacturers insist on adding chemicals to their products?

    Today I experimented and threw in veggie peelings (that I had saved up in the freezer) into the pressure cooker, seeing if this would make a useful stock for cooking. If one does not try, one will not know.

    • Na Na
      July 28, 2015

      I didn’t use to look at labels so closely but these days I look at every label for hidden ingredients. How did your stock turn out? Tasty?

  2. sarasinart
    July 3, 2015

    Hope you have a good holiday too!

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