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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.