Here is just one more reason I love canning.
The other day, I had no idea what to make for dinner. I was already four o'clock and I couldn't thaw anything. I needed something quick!
First I peeked at my food log calendar-- the calendar that hangs in my kitchen and on which I write what we eat for dinner every day. I'm not a great plan-a-menu ahead person-- you all may have figured that out by now-- but I do like to have a record of what we ate. This helps so much on days just like this day when I was unprepared and needed to think of something but couldn't think. I just used a meal that I made before. (I usually try to make something that I made more than two weeks ago, so my family isn't grumbling at me--- Lentil Shepard's Pie AGAIN??!?)...
I found it-- butternut squash soup, biscuits, applesauce. Perfect. Then, I went to my cabinet and grabbed:
Canned chicken stock, canned crookneck squash and canned applesauce! While the soup was cooking, my little helper and I made some quick baking powder biscuits (using sprouted wheat flour!) and I even used my cast iron griddle for a cookie sheet-- no clean up! Yes!
ps. two cooking tips are hidden in this post! Get a food log calendar! And use cast iron cookware for quick, easy (sometimes little or no) clean-up.
pps. Here is my butternut squash soup recipe (more or less) in case you are interested. I used to look up recipes for this soup but by now it has kind of morphed into it's own thing.
Butternut Squash Soup
about 4 cups butternut squash
about 4 cups chicken (or beef or turkey) stock
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp kelp powder (Salty, also has iodine, since our salt doesn't)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
two shakes or less red pepper flakes
1/2 cup of milk, or cream (if using cream, it will come out creamy using less, too-- one time I only had about 3TBS cream and it was still delicious!)
place all ingredients except cream/milk in stock pot. heat to boil. reduce to simmer. use immersion blender to make smooth. taste and adjust seasonings. add cream. serve.