I know we’re not all the same. We don’t think the same. We don’t do things the same. You know I love canning. Not only do I love the process of canning, I love seeing the jars on the shelf and I love that every third week we “eat from the pantry”. There’s never much cooking that week – other than make a pot of rice or pasta and open a jar or two, heat that up, make a salad. We pick up our Azure Standard order next week (I think) and there’s always a lot to do after those orders arrive.
Suttons Daze is a Youtube channel where the lady mostly talks about canning. I should say the videos I watch are about canning. She may have other stuff on other videos.
This morning I watched her video from yesterday where she talked about “Make it March”. During the month of March, each day there will be a video by one of the collaborating youtubers where they’ll share recipes they make from their canned food. A lot of us can plain chicken or plain roast beef or seasoned pork.
Some of you may want to can (some of you may have no desire to can at all . . and that’s ok!) but you may wonder what you would do with a jar of chicken or a jar of roast beef. If you are a canner or if you think you might want to be a canner, this series is probably going to be good to watch. I feel like there will be great videos that will inspire us to do more canning and to do more with what we have canned.
In January, they did “Canuary” where there were different youtubers canning different foods. I got so many ideas from watching those and all I wanted to do was can, can, can!
I have five roasts out of the freezer defrosting. Tomorrow I plan to can those – still trying to empty out some space in a freezer!
I don’t really have time/desire to can (other than tomatoes!), but I was trying to re-arrange the freezer…and I think I made it worse…I was forced, forced I say, to get out two packages of blackberries and make a blackberry crisp. It’s yummy, although it doesn’t fit into Weight Watchers very well. I’m in denial and considering it “fruit” which has no points. 😉 I need to remind myself to use up more stuff from the freezer so I have room to make and store casseroles…
I try to keep as little as possible in the freezers, though, of course, they’re always full but my goal is to have everything shelf stable – things that can be opened, heated for 10 minutes and we have a meal.
Helen-the friendly one! says
When I was a young mother I canned nearly everything I could get my hands on. I didn’t work outside of the home during those years (by choice) so money was tight. My children didn’t have store-bought canned soup in their childhood. I loved canning, and like you, Judy, I loved seeing those jars of food that I prepared for my family. We lived in the city and never had much luck with a garden, but gardening friends had an over abundance quite often. I was always willing to help them by taking what they didn’t need. I also sought out farms to get fresh picked produce.
The most-unusual thing I ever made was raccoon vegetable soup. It was just like my regular vegetable beef soup, but my brother was a hunter then and had too many raccoons. He offered me a couple and I accepted. I am not one for game, but as I said, money was tight. My family had homemade raccoon soup all that year!! I never told and they never asked!
I have never canned meat (other than what was in the soups). I might have to think about doing that.
I love your name! 🙂 You make me laugh.
As far as I know I’ve never had raccoon but these days, I’m not ruling anything out. I guess if no one noticed the meat tasted weird, that’s a good thing.
I love having canned meats. I can open a jar of roast beef and it’s fork tender. I can make anything from enchiladas, to roast and gravy, to beef soups or stews with it. Same with chicken – it will shred with a fork. One of my favorite things to do with chicken is to make a big green salad, heat up the chicken, drain it, add a bit of mayo mixed with Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce and put a scoop of that on the salad. It’s so good in the summer when it’s hot outside and I’m too tired to cook.
Helen-the friendly one! says
I watched the Canuary video from Sutton Daze today and wow! I had no idea canning beef could be so easy!!! I am gonna have to dive in to this! I subscribed to their channel and will be watching more videos of theirs.
Thanks for the link!
I do trust the recipes/techniques Suttons Daze uses. All kinds of ingredients can be added to the beef or chicken but canning it plain means it can be used for any recipe I want to use it for. I can’t tell you how many times I have big plans for dinner, start stitching and time totally gets away from me so I open a jar of beef, add a jar of enchilada sauce, make enchiladas; then open a jar of potatoes or pinto beans, make a quick salad and dinner is served in no time with very little mess – mostly a few jars to stick in the dishwasher. I’m so glad I learned to can and love canning.