When many people think of “preppers”, they think of those people with their caves in the woods and supplies buried where they think no one can find them . . we’ve talked about that before. My idea of preparedness is being prepared for whatever may come my way and we can each determine what “things” we think could be coming our way.
Saturday we had big plans all day. We were leaving fairly early on Saturday morning so we could get a little shopping in before meeting our friends in Brady for lunch. Those plans all changed when I woke up during the middle of the night with a kidney stone.
Several friends called to see if I needed anything . . no, didn’t need a thing. We had plenty of food, cooked and not cooked. A neighbor was going to the grocery store and she asked . . don’t you need anything? Nope, nothing! I had just made yogurt so we had fresh yogurt, we had all the meals in the jars that I had canned. We had leftovers from the chicken and rice I had made, we had leftover buffalo burgers so we were able to that and then I cooked a pot of rice one night and we had that with beef tips from a jar, for lunch today we’re having leftover rice with pork salsa verde from a jar. No mess, no meal planning . . just popping open jars and heating their contents and when I didn’t feel like cooking, we still had good home cooked meals.
This is how I cook! On Monday, I go to one of the big freezers and pull out everything we need for the week. The big freezers are manual defrost so the less I open them, the less I have to defrost so if I can open them once a week instead of 2 or 3 or 4 times a week, that helps with the defrosting.
In the vacuum sealed bag is a pre-made meatloaf. I will bake that in the Nesco outside, serve it with baked potatoes, also baked in the Nesco or in the solar oven and we’re having fried eggplant also. That’s for tonight. There will be enough leftover that I will slice it, dip the slices in Panko and fry them and we will have fried meatloaf sandwiches for lunch one day this week.
There’s a flank steak there. I’ll put it on to marinate today and we’ll grill it tomorrow. We will have grilled zucchini and stuffed jalapeno peppers with it, and baked sweet potatoes, also done in either the Nesco outside or the solar oven.
There’s a pork roast from the hog we bought from the youth fair. That will go into the crockpot and we’ll have that Wednesday night. I have a 4:00 p.m. appointment with the eye doctor so dinner will be ready when we get home. I’ll open a jar of canned sweet potatoes that I canned when they were on sale, and heat up a jar of okra and tomatoes that I canned from last year’s garden.
Thursday night we’ll have tacos and enchiladas made with ground antelope. I’ll make borracho beans. Love those!
There will be leftover flank steak, pork roast and enchiladas for Friday, Saturday and Sunday so you can see that I’m not going to be doing a whole lot of cooking this week but we will be eating good meals at home. It’s all seems so easy with just a little planning ahead.