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Throw Together Dinner

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One of the reasons I love canning my own meats — besides saving money — is the convenience. It’s just so nice to be able to grab a can of “whatever” and throw a meal together. That’s what I did last night.

On the menu was stuffed green pepper and the meat of choice was chicken breast. I rotate my canned stock so as new canned chicken goes in, the older date come out. Last’s night chicken was canned just a little over a year ago.

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I started by cooking 1 cup of rice. Then I cooked together a about a 1/2 cup diced onion, the tops from three green peppers and a bit of garlic.

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I decided to use a bit of Carroll Shelby’s White Chicken Chili Kit to season my filling mixture. The whole point of this mix is that you can use a little or lot and fix it your way. it comes with it’s masa, a chicken seasoning mixture, dried green and jalapeno peppers and cayenne pepper. I used just a little, maybe about a third of each packet except for the cayenne (didn’t need that at all). Oh, and I added about 1 1/2 cups water.

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When that thickened, about 5 minutes, I added 1/2 quart of chicken. That works out to about 1 pound of chicken (it takes two pounds to fill a quart jar).

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After stirring in the chicken, I added the rice and filled three large green peppers. I topped each with some slices of cheddar cheese and backed for about 30 minutes.

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They were delicious and my guys ate them all up. I now have 1/2 a quart of chicken to use for something else… another throw together dinner.

What kind of meals to you like to throw together? Share your ideas.

Best wishes (may it always be three),

Katherine Sig

 

 

Canning Chicken

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It’s been a busy few day, in between getting ready to publish my first Kindle cookbook and a 101 errands, I decided to can chicken. It isn’t as hard as it sounds. It’s mostly waiting time. It had to be done, however. A few months back I found and awesome deal of boneless, skinless chicken breast.

They’ve been in one of the freezer since. I could feel the freezer coming on. Well, that, and we’ve decided we just have to down size on the freezers. Electricity costs were frightful this summer.

It had to be done and like I said, it’s mostly time. Waiting for the heat to come up to temperature and then the processing time. That’s 90 minutes (7 quarts) and 75 minutes (14 pints), respectively for our 3500-foot elevation. In all, it took me most of of the day. In between watching the gauge, I was able to keep some proofing done. More on that later.

In the meantime, I’m putting up a video from Michigan Snow Pony who has a terrific YouTube video about canning chicken. Enjoy and let me know if you have some questions about how to can.

Best wishes (may it always be three),

Katherine Sig