I love this time of year when we can eat from the previous summer’s bounty. I call it my “Meals in Jars” season. It’s not that I actually can an entire meal in a jar, but I do love being able to go out to the shelves, pull off a few jars, mix them together and call it supper.
In the last several weeks, we have enjoyed the following meals from the jars on my shelves.
Maybe you remember the post I wrote about canning soup. It’s not actually soup, but a jar of mixed vegetables. I combine a jar of the vegies with a jar of home-canned chicken or turkey broth, and we have soup. Of course the jars of broth always have meat in them, too.
When the older, hunter boys lived at home, I would also can a supply of venison. Mixing a jar of that with a jar of the vegies gave a nice stew.
Canning dried beans is easy and keeps them handy for a quick meal. One evening I combined a jar of beans, a jar of tomatoes, another of tomato sauce with some browned, ground venison and we had chili. When I was a kid, all those ingredients came in tin cans from the grocery store. How rewarding to be able to say that it all came from our farm.
I quit buying corned beef in the can when I learned it came from some foreign country. But I still make hash with either ground or canned venison and my own canned potatoes. Simply fry it all together with a little diced onion and serve with green beans on the side (also out of a home-canned jar) for a well-balanced meal.
Gravy and potatoes
I love to take a jar of that chicken or turkey broth and make a nice milk gravy and serve it over potatoes. I might use fresh potatoes from the store (because I can never grow enough for our family) or my canned potatoes. It depends on how much of a hurry I am in. Or, I might not use potatoes at all but egg noodles or rice. The canned venison was good made this way, too.
I have quite a few other things put up in jars that I use on the side. We love to have hot applesauce with supper. There is also beets, green beans, butternut squash, pickles, relish, and salsa.
If you haven’t ventured into the realm of putting food by canning, I encourage you to give it a go. Since I purchased my new canner this past summer, putting up meals in jars has gotten a great deal easier.
What do you do to put meals up for the winter? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
This post is linked to the Homestead Barn Hop, Teach Me Tuesday, Titus 2sday, Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, the HomeAcre Hop, Thrifty Thursday, Katherine’s Favorite Things, and Tempt My Tummy. Also, Backyard Farming Connection’s Canning and Preserving Page.