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  1. Well snapdragon, why didn't I think of that for my spaghetti. Must pick one up and stop the avalance of noodles.
  2. price updated on 9/22/2021 50 pounds of pinto beans at Sam's club $30.72 35 pounds of liquid shortening (Member's Mark brand) $44.24 50 pounds whole corn (Producer's Price) Tractor Supply $12.29 I believe it was suggested: two bags of beans - total $61.44 one 35 pounds shortening - total $44.24 6 bags of corn - total $73.74 Total $179.42 - these are west Texas prices. This would be a good starting point. One of the first things I would add to this list is canned tomatoes and canned peppers, like green chilis, jalapenos and chipotles. Seasonings will make the most bland boring meal edible. Pinto beans make good charro beans. This recipe is modified from Mexican Please. I have made a few changes for my convience and hubby's taste buds. Ingredients 4cups of cooked beans 1/2 lb. bacon (approx. 7-8 slices) - I use porkbelly or you may know it as salt pork if I use any meat at all 4-5 plum tomatoes - I use canned tomatoes 1/2 onion - more or less it depends on the onion I use, a white onion I only use half a yellow onion well it will all probably be used. 1-2 chipotles in adobo add more if you want it spicer. I have even used green chiles and jalapenos instead of chipotles in adobo. Hubby likes the jalapenos. 2 cloves garlic (I actually use about 4 cloves. We like garlic) 2 cups stock (chicken, beef or veggie. I will use beef stock if I don't use any meat when cooking the dry beans) 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano (optional - yes there is a difference between Mexican oregano and the "oregano" you use in Italian dishes or at least I think there is a difference) 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste - I normally omit the salt because I will add it once the dry beans are cooked) freshly cracked black pepper (try chili pepper instead of black pepper ) Another filling bean meal is Enfrijoladas. (https://www.mexicanplease.com/enfrijoladas-made-peruano-beans/) He uses peruano beans but my DIL is from El Naranjo Mexico and she taught me to use pinto or black beans. You can take left over charro beans and make some awesome refried beans. Then you can have tostados or bean burritos. Corn tortillas can be used to make taco shells, or tostado shells. Corn Tortillas (http://www.mexicanplease.com) 2 cups Masa Harina 2 tablespoons lard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 cups warm water Instructions Add 2 cups Masa Harina, 2 tablespoons lard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of the warm water and stir until the water is absorbed. Add the rest of the water incrementally until the flour melds into a dough. Use your hands to knead the dough into a cohesive ball. Separate the dough into golf ball sized chunks -- this will make tortillas approximately 4 inches across. Flatten the dough balls using a flat bottomed pan or a tortilla press. Be sure to line each side of the dough ball with plastic or Ziploc pieces Heat a skillet or comal to medium-high heat. Add a tortilla to the skillet and flip it after 10 seconds. Then cook each side for about a minute or until light brown spots are forming on the underside. (Lately I use a tad over medium heat on my stove and this will have brown spots forming in about 60 seconds.) Continue cooking the rest of the tortillas. I usually put one in the skillet and flatten the next one to expedite the process. Once cooked you can keep them warm by wrapping them in a tea towel or using a dedicated tortilla warmer. Serve immediately. Store leftovers tortillas in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, cook them in a dry skillet over medium heat until warm and crispy. Notes Sometimes it can take some fiddling to get the consistency of the dough right. If it's sticking to your hands simply add a few sprinklings of Masa Harina to dry it out. Conversely, if the dough is still crumbly then you can add splashes of water until it becomes cohesive. There is so much that you can do with pinto beans. You don't have to just eat a boring bowl of pintos with cornbread; although, we do that a lot around here, thank goodness hubby loves a good pot of dry beans. All you have to do is be willing to try ethnic recipes.
  3. Littlesister, even her in ranchland where there is nothing but beef prices are horrible.
  4. Mother, it was tasteless. The beef chunks I bought was actually good but this was tasteless. No sure I will spend the money on it again.
  5. Under the threat Cyberattack on Beef processing plant we discussed Keystone meat. I have bought two cans. One was the beef, it has the consistency of other beef chunck meat and was good. HOWEVER, the ground beef was a little shocking when I opened the can. There was a lot of fat that congealed. I thought I had gotten it all and dumped it into my chili. I freaked out because there was a lot more than I first thought. I won't be dumping the can straight into the pot any more, first into a bowl to scrap away the fat then into the pot. It was gross. OK I am spoied, I mean really spoiled, because it is just the two of us I splurge and buy 97/3 ground beef...no fat. If I ever buy 80/20 I cook, drain rinse and then proceed to make my dish. I have forgotten just have greasy ground beef can be. Defintely canning my own groud beef. That was just to much grease for me. Watch for an updated on this for taste and texture.... not sure if I will give it a good review or not. All I can see in my mind is the congealed blob.UPDATED UPDATED: TASTESLESS!!!! Literally I could not taste the ground beef. Hubby wasn't a fan either.
  6. I can't find the article now, but when they tested covid patients most had a vitamin C and D deficency. So take those supplements.
  7. Print on DRAFT quality, it is just as good as regular print but doesn't take as much ink. You get more pages that way. When you print just go to settings of printer and select draft. Or go in to your printer settings on your computer and set it to draft. Draft quality you can print both front and back and the paper holds up better. If you don't want color use Grayscale. It will still print the picture put it will be in black and white.
  8. Mother, I think that is where I have gone astray. Our life has changed but I was still trying to prep like I had small children. We have different needs now. I think each year we need to step back and reassess and see if maybe we don't need to prep one way but may prep another. We need to adjust our preps for health and age changes. I mean You are not going to stock a ton of diapers and bottles if there are no small children. Especially if child bearing years are long since passed. Priorities! that is the name of the game.
  9. Try a different web browser. That sometimes works for me.
  10. Bumping this up. This is what Mrs. S is about. I have had to turn off the news and avoid social media and focus on me and mine. I can't spend my energy hashing out if mask should be worn or if people should get the jab. These are grown *** adults they can make their own decision. You do you and I will do me. I won't hold it against you if you get the jab if you don't hold it against me if I don't and vice versa. I am sick to my stomach over the middle east mess. My heart is broken for my oldest and youngest. They served for a while over the past 20 years. They are not taking this well. So no news here its more for our sanity than anything else. So I have put all my energy into getting ready for what ever may come our way. No just by stocking food but strengthening my faith and biblical knowledge. So here's to Mrs S for playing a big part of that.
  11. So this was actually a 4 day weekend for me. I covered half a day for one that is out with COVID and then the rest of the day I did my job. I did 5 days 10 hours a day. I was one tired puppy Thursday evening, but I had a job interview 2 hours away Friday morning at 10. So we went and spent the night with youngest and family. The job is 30 miles from them which beats the 70 that we are now. I am hoping and praying that I will be offered the job, but haven't given up on my 5 year plan for here where we are. Any way I said all of that to say this morning I put a whole chicken in 4qt crockpot on high, I will get four meals out of it. 1. Chicken and dumplings 2. Chicken and rice with broccoli 3. Chicken and dressing 4. Either BBQ chicken baked potatoes or chicken quesadillas - I haven't decided yet. This is also giving me 4 qts of chicken broth. Yep those bones and skin are going back into the crockpot with a carrot, celery and some onion for a nice rich broth. In my 6qt crockpot I started spaghetti. I signed up for the meal train for a new mom at church and am making them spaghetti. It is just as easy to make a big pot as a small pot. So I will have one meal for them. I have offered sauce to the kids, so there is another two meals. That will leave two meals for us. We will have regular spaghetti then we will have stuffed shells. There may even be enough left to make my spaghetti casserole. So that is at least is six meals for the week. I will throw in dry beans for a meal and we will have 7 meals. WHOOT WHOO!! The only thing I had to buy for these 7 meals was onions and a can of cream of celery. I can't believe I was out of fresh onions. Actually I could have gotten buy without fresh onion because I had dried onion and onion powder, which I used in the spaghetti sauce. I am the only one that likes celery in the family so I learned a long time ago in order to get the flavor of celery in my dressing I could use cream of celery soup. It works wonders and helps keep the dressing from drying out. After doing a detailed inventory yesterday I discovered I could easily put together another 10 or 15 meals by just adding fresh veggies. I not as bad off as I thought. Those 10-15 meals do not include dry beans or things I could make from them like burittos, tostadas, or molletes. So I think I can chill out a LITTLE BIT and focus on adding things to my larder that I can make what I have go futher. I discovered we had 20# of plain unbleached flour. I didn't even know I had 3 of those bags. Because I had no idea of excatly what we had or how much of each item we had I did not realize that we can easily survive a month if not longer. If we have access to water. That is a major whole in my preps. I need to invest in some more water containers and hit the Windmill (filtered water place) and fill them up. We can get 5 gallons for a $1. We easily go through 15 gallons a week not including what we use from the tap. We use the filtered water for coffee, drinking water and cooking water. AND there is just TWO of us in the house. Water storage has moved to #1 on the list of GET YOUR BE-HIND IN GEAR AND GET IT DONE!!!! I hope one day to invest in a Berkey system. That is in the 5 year plan. I need to bite the bullet and invest in dairy items powder, like eggs, butter, freeze dried cheese we depend on getting those fresh from the store or friends that have chickens. So I am lacking those items. Another short fall is condiments like mustard, ketchup, and pickles. I need to stock up on oil but it has been hard finding oils and shortenings will an expiration date of longer than 6 months. We are at the end of the delivery chain here so we get all the left overs. I would like to start ordering on line but then again I don't trust the expiration dates. Last time I ordered I had to use the items within 6 months because of the expiration dates. I know those dates are "just" suggestions but I don't like to use oil and shortening past the date. I have started a small notebook for meal preps. As I make a dish and realize DUH this would be a good "prep" meal I write it in down in my notebook. I am writing down easy meals that call for simple and few ingredents. That way as I have extra money I can buy what I need for that meal and add it to the larder. Yes Mother, I too cook large meals and divided them up for lunches and freeze for later meals. I used to do Once A Month Cooking when the boys lived at home. That way ever who got home first could start dinner or I could it in the crockpot before leaving for work. I have just gotten away from that and now I need to put on my big momma panties and get back to doing that so there will be more peace and less stress in this house. It will also help me stick to my grocery budget way better than I am doing now. I feel a little better and am a little less stressed. We are gonna survive this craziness if not I know where I am going and the food left behind can go to the kids or someone that needs it. There will be a lot of "poverty" cooking but you know what...we grew up eating those poverty meals. There is nothing wrong with dry beans and greens and cornbread if we have it. I am trying to think when did I get out of the mindset of cooking simple meals and think we had to have a meat drowned in a rich sauce, two veggies, an appetizer and a dessert as well as a bread at a meal or come home and say I don't feel like cooking lets eat out. I need to get back into the mindset that we need to eat to survive not survive to eat.
  12. Today I am adding tortilla soup and enchilda soup to the menu. I actually have everything in the kitchen to make these two meals. Euphrasyne, I love your veggie "nugget" recipe. I am going to have to try that for the grandbabies. Grandson is 3 and in the chicken nugget stage...nothing but chicken nuggets, maybe by mixing veggie nuggets in with chicken nuggets we can get veggies down him.
  13. A little hotsauce and a cracker no one will ever know the difference. LOL
  14. Because of our financial situtation it is almost impossible for me to follow all of these wonderful prepping list. So I have come up with my own plan. MEALS!!! That is correct I am planning three meals a day for thirty days and each time I shop I am buying stuff for at least one meal. It is the only way I can restock my pantry without going into panic mode and going into debt. So I am on the hunt for plan jane no frills meals. Truth be told I am already in panic mode. Because of 2020 I am so far behind it is not funny and now prices are increasing faster than my bank account can handle so I had to come up with a plan that I could focus on. I am starting an emergency meal binder that has meals plans, ingredients and recipes. In this binder I will also have my "emergency" stock list so I can keep up what I have. As I buy the ingredients I will add the recipe to the binder and updated my stock list. I will then add it to the meal plan. I am hoping to add at least 3 days worth or meals every two weeks. I just have to find a way to store cornmeal. It is had to find corn around here that I would use for human consumption. A pound of dry beans will easily give us two to three meals so I am already on my way. I just bought like 5 pounds of different kinds of dry beans. I must stock lots of black beans and pinto beans. Those can be used for so many things like buritos and tostadas. We use black beans for our molletes. As I find canning supplies I will cook some stuff like cowboy beans, spaghetti sauce, soups, and just plain dry beans so all we have to do is open a jar and heat and eat. If we are without power we can just open a jar and eat it. I will be canning in pints since is just the two of us. If we have the kids here I can always open more jars. This is just a few of the meals... Breakfast: oatmeal cream of wheat grits quiche breakfast hotpockets fruit pies (aka homemade poptarts) French toast Lunch: tostadas mollets tuna melts pasta salad bean burritos cheese quesdillas mac & cheese Dinner: cowboy beans chicken & dumplings chicken & rice with broccoli red beans and rice tacos dry beans and cornbread breakfast shepherd pie A lot of these meals and be mixed up like the mac&cheese, I can always add a can of tuna and peas to it instead of serving just plain mac and cheese. Or stir in a can of chili for chili mac. Like I said I am looking for basic meals that are versatile. The goal is to get a stocked pantry and then eat these meals and just rotate stock. Nothing fancy here. I will also stock things like jello, instant pudding and other things to make quick snack foods like cookies or pies. Have to keeps hubs happy you know. I may not get a year of food stocked anytime soon. But I will have stuff to make basic meals instead of 50 cans of veggies and 100 boxes of pasta. If you have a could plain jane meal please share the recipe!
  15. Prayers for Homesteader and family.
  16. Have any of you cooked brown rice then dehydrated it? Will it last longer that way? Do to health reasons white rice is banned in my house. We don't eat rice that often so I was wondering if dehydrated brown rice would last long than uncooked brown rice. Any thoughts?
  17. PEACHES! Yep the Colorado peach truck was through here this week and I bought 3 cases of peaches. So now I have to get them canned.
  18. Nothing here. I guess they figured Texas was a lost cause any
  19. I think after been on lock down for a year, people have been stuck in their tiny homes and realized they couldn't turn around without running into someone or something. Tiny homes are nice when all you do is sleep, shower and maybe eat there but when you have to live and work form there well that is a whole different ball game. Don't get me wrong we are in about 1000 sq feet apartment but I can still rearrange the furniture and have a fresh look. In 600 sq feet everything has a place and there is no rearranging. I don't want a Macmansion but I would like something around 1500 sq feet. I want a pantry!
  20. I am finding that if I order from the manufactor I can get a more than what is in the store. Just like Keystone meat, my Walmart doesn't carry it but the one near our kids do. But I found if I order on line I can get the 14.5 oz cans instead of the 28 oz cans. Less waste.
  21. We store a various kinds of salt. I like the Himalayan pink on watermelon. So we have pink salt, canning salt, rock salt and regular table salt. I do buy the salt crystals to put in our grinder. When I cook I don't salt anything. I too have high blood pressure and thyroid issues so I don't use salt that much well except on watermelon (no mustard here ). We add salt at the table that way each can add as much salt as they want.
  22. I am sorry for you loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
  23. Zzelle, I agree with Jeepers you are not being petty. Someone is being a jerk and it isn't you. You are a better person than me because I would be applying at other schools.
  24. Happy belated birthday. I have be laxadaisy about being on here regularly so I am trying to catch up on everything.
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