People often ask me why I can food. My first response is always because I can. Seems simple enough but really there are other reasons. I like growing our own food but since fruits and veggies don’t grow year round, I need to can what we grow and don’t eat right away. I have a large family and I buy in bulk to help with the cost. That means sometimes I need to can the excess for another time. Then there’s the convenience factor. For example the other day everyone was home for Spring Break. We all slept in late but needed to get moving to head out the door. Since it would be hours before we could eat another meal we needed something substantial to fill our bellies.
So, I pulled out potatoes I had canned from our garden harvest last summer.
last summer’s potatoes
I melted some coconut oil, chopped some fresh green onions, and put in the potatoes with some seasoning to brown.
In the skillet
Because the potatoes were pre cut and precooked in the canning process, by the time cooked the sausage, gathered fresh eggs and cooked them, they were ready. I also heated up some pancakes I had made earlier in the month and froze.
In 20 minutes we had a hot satisfying breakfast and were soon on the road to enjoy our day.
quick easy breakfast
Our Soup of the Week is “survival soup”. It is a very easy soup to make if you have the ingredients on hand. This one can be made if the power is out, you are camping, you are busy running the kids to and from football practice all day, or you just don’t feel like cooking. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s still a healthy soup.
Ingredients we used:
Provident Pantry Freeze Dried White Chicken
Provident Pantry Freeze Dried White Turkey
Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Super Sweet Corn
salt and pepper to taste
Fill large pot about halfway full and add about 2 cups chicken, turkey, or some of both, about 2 cups or so of corn, 2 cans of drained peas, 2 cans of mushrooms and bring to a boil. This will also re-hydrate your freeze dried meats and vegetables so you might need to add more water. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add noodles and cook as per manufactures directions (in our case, we went about 8 minutes). Add any salt or pepper to taste. (This will feed a large family with leftovers so adjust your amounts accordingly)
Once the noodles are cooked, serve up and eat a steamy bowl of soup that is still healthy, hearty, and very quick to make.
Again, this is great if the power is out as long as you can heat water (which you can do outside using an Eco-Zoom stove like I showed here. It’s quick and easy for those times when life is running you ragged but you still need a quick meal for the family. Or, even if you are not feeling well and still need to get dinner on the table. Honestly, I think it took longer for us to photograph everything then it took for us to cook the meal. Enjoy.
Oh, here’s a quick look at the freeze dried corn and chicken before adding to the soup:
And then after a few minutes in water:
- 7 thumbs up from the family
- warm and good on a cold and chilly night
- easy to make
We quickly discovered that winter here means loss of power. We lost power several times last winter and while prepared, we weren’t as prepared as we could have been. We don’t have a generator to plug the house into like our neighbors do, but then again, I guess we don’t have the insatiable need for power either. Yes, lights are good, yes warmth is good, yes being able to cook is good. But then again, we had flashlights, extra blankets along with other heat sources, and the ability to cook outside. But, I took it an extra step this week and got some oil lamps. I will be purchasing a few more in the weeks to come.
As the days are growing shorter at a rapid clip, dinner time is now at sunset. The past couple of nights we’ve lit the lamps and used that as our source of internal light. It’s been cozy.
It’s also been amazing how peaceful the house has feels in the glow of the steady light. Youngest daughter says it’s just like “Little House on the Prairie” and as long we don’t start making them trek to an outhouse she is just fine with it. Funny….one of the houses we are interested in perhaps buying someday has an outhouse.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…makes me wonder.