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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Canning Spaghetti Sauce

Here is a video of the spaghetti sauce still boiling inside the jar after pressure canning it for 75 minutes and letting it sit for over an hour.  It is so interesting to see it continue to boil under pressure!

Tomorrow I'll be canning ground beef and then later this week I'll be doing chicken again.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dried Dehydrated Eggs

Last night I dehydrated about two dozen eggs that my friend Jan gave me from her chickens.  They were very fresh and good, and I dried them for about 10 hours in my dehydrator, then ground them up.  Great results. Sorry for the blurry image, but you get the idea. 

I can use them anytime I need eggs in a recipe, fun and so inexpensive compared to buying!

Dried Eggs

I made dried eggs yesterday and ground them up today to make egg powder.  It looks great and I can't wait to try it out in a recipe or two! I simply took a dozen eggs at a time, blended them in the blender for a few seconds to be evenly scrambled, then poured some on the teflon sheets for my Excalibur dehydrator.  The rest I scrambled (without oil or butter or seasoning), then put on plastic wrap in the dehyrator and let it go for about 10 hours.

See photos: after drying, after pulverizing.

Dried Eggs

A friend gave me a bunch of fresh eggs from her chicken s

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I made this lovely bacon, cheddar, broccoli quiche using storebought broccoli and my own broccoli from the yard (brocolini), and it was sooo good!

Recipe I've used for years and years:

Broccoli Quiche

1 9 inch pie crust
1 cup shredded cheddar
½ cup chopped onion, fried with bacon
3 chopped mushrooms
4 eggs, beaten into  2 cups ½ and ½, or evaporated milk
1 large broccoli, steamed until tender and in pieces
½ pound bacon, chopped and sautied until crisp.
420 degrees 15 minutes, 325 45 minutes

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wheat Flake Granola

I flaked up some wheat (using my flaker, found here: Flaker  and put it in a granola bar recipe that called for oats. I used half oats (1 cup) and half wheat (1 cup), and instead of using 1/2 cup of wheat flour, I used white. It turned out great. It would taste great with wheat flour too, but my husband doesn't love wheat like I do.

Oatmeal Wheat Flake Granola Bars

1/2 cup wheat or white flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs or 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites, or dried reconstituted equivalant of 2 eggs
2 Tbl molasses
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbl canola oil or butter or 2 tsp dried butter with 1 T oil or water
1 cup oats
1 cup wheat flakes (or oats, or forego the oats and just use wheat flakes)
1 cup dried fruit (I used dried cherries and cranberries)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds

(you can also add some chocolate chips, but I didn't)

Preheat oven to 3530. Coat 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick spray.

Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt (use a whisk). Mix peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs, molasses, h oney, vanilla and oil until smooth, add to flour mixture.

Mix really well, then add oats/wheat flakes, fruit and nuts. Plop into the 9 x 13 baking pan (I used a Pyrex 9 x 13 casserole), smooth out evenly using some plastic wrap on your fingers to push it down.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes. You want them to be evenly, lightly browned. Put a knife blade into the middle to see if it's moist but not wet. Let cool a bit, then cut into squares and finish cooling.

If you can wait until they are cool they are better than eating fresh out of the pan!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ground Beef and Chicken Canning

I canned ground beef last night, which turned out fantastic, and then today I did 14 pints of chicken (breast and thigh combos).  I kept a good solid inch of headspace on both chicken and the groundbeef as you're supposed to, so all appears well.

I did discover that my canner won't do more than 7 pint jars--you can't stack them as it isn't high enough.

The beef now has about a half inch grease layer on top, but it sealed well and I'm glad for the grease. The beef tasted fantastic, so I'm very happy with it!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Orange/Pineapple Marmalade

I made orange / pineapple marmalade today. They are so pretty. Hopefully the jam will set up properly.