I have not tried it. If you do, LMK.
** I also thought this was very helpful: 10 Quick Ideas On How To Effectively Use Powdered Milk – Mom with a PREP
* I think I probably planted the cucumbers WAAAAY too early. They sprouted in a week and are 4 inches tall already!! Not sure I can keep them in the house till Spring! The tomatoes finally sprouted. They
are about 2 in. tall. After the coming week of clouds and rain, I hope I can get them out in the sun. If you have ever grown celery from seed, you’ll know they are very tiny!!! It takes a LONG time for them to be ready to plant outdoors, which is good. Here is a picture of my tiny celery starts.
The peppers FINALLY sprouted. It was over 2 weeks of waiting.
THIS WEEK’S PURCHASE: sauces
Time to pick up 3-4 additional bottles/jars of spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, tomato sauce, or whatever you add to pasta for a meal. Our primary presidency gifted the teachers with a box of spaghetti and a jar of sauce. Yay! Free meal!!! Thank you, thank you!
MISC: portable shovel
You should consider having one of these portable shovels– $14
We have one with our camping gear, BUT if you off-road or camp out in the wild, I can think of a dozen reasons why you need this. Even just getting caught in the mud, digging out a fire pit, or needing to dig a latrine because of a lack of facilities, this would be a good item to have. And, cheaper than lunch at McDonalds!!!
FOOD STORAGE RECIPES
Someone on FB asked “What can I do with the leftover syrup in a jar or can after the fruit is gone?” Here were some of the answers:
* Boil to reduce and use it as syrup on pancakes or french toast. (This seems like too much work for me. Hahaha)
* Use it in cake mixes to replace the water called for. (Not sure I want my chocolate cake to taste like peaches, but maybe a white cake? When was the last time I even made a cake?
* A LOT of people said to use it to sweeten ice tea, but since I don’t DRINK ice tea……
* A spoon or two in oatmeal or yogurt. Now THIS sounds like a good idea!
* Mix with sparkling water for a nice treat. I like THIS idea too.
* Use as a marinade for chicken. A MARVELOUS idea!!!
* Chili for 4-5 people
I haven’t posted a chili recipe for at least two weeks, so here is another one. If you have canned ground beef (I do), this is extra easy. I imagine you could also substitute canned roast beef. This looks so good, I think I’ll put it on this week’s menu.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 c. chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)
1/2 c. chopped onion (1 medium)
4 cloves garlic, minced
In a 3 quart saucepan, cook and stir ground beef, sweet pepper, onion and garlic. Drain off fat.
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce (At first I thought it was one hundred and fifteen oz. of tomato sauce. Dang!)
1 can red kidney beans, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
2-3 tsp chili powder (or adjust for your taste)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Simmer covered for 20 min.
Top with cheese, chopped onion, sour cream, whatever!!!
Three-Can Black Bean Soup
This recipe is from “The Prepper’s Cookbook” by Tess Pennington
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can black beans undrained
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes undrained
1 TB chili powder
3 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 TB dried onion flakes
2 TB chicken bouillon
1 TB dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a 16-qt. pot. Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer 20-30 min.
Optional: Stir in coarsely chopped cilantro
Can serve with crumbled tortilla chips sprinkled on top.
Creamy Corn Chowder
1 can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1 can creamed corn, undrained
2 c. milk, or 2/3 instant nonfat milk mixed with 2 c. water
2/3 c. instant mashed potato flakes
salt and pepper
In a 4-qt saucepan, combine both kinds of corn and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to low and simmer, uncovered for 5 min. Stir in the instant mashed potato flakes, a little bit at a time, until the chowder is as thick as you want it.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.