My 13 year old son wandered into the kitchen prowling through the refridgerator and opening the bread drawer. I suggested leftover cake, cookies and milk, ice cream in the freezer? "Oh, no!" he said. "I am sugared out. I want some solid food." I chuckled under my breath when he pulled out the one bowl of leftover black beans. He heated them for 10 minutes - they have been in the fridge for 4 days - and relished eating black beans with tortilla chips. That is soul food.
This last week I have bottled 19 quarts of chicken (Tyson chicken breast was on sale a couple of weeks ago. It is the cheap, tough breast that doesn't taste the best grilled or fried but when diced and pressure cooked, it is great and for $1.50 per pound, it is worth it.)
We also cooked and froze 40 pounds of ground beef. It was 80% lean to begin with but after browning the whole 40 pounds in a large stock pot (you could use a roaster) I rinsed it with hot water saving the drippings. I let the fat come to the top of the drippings, skimmed it off and bottled 4 quarts of beef broth. The meat that was then 99% fat free, I bagged in quart size freezer bags with meal portions of about 3 cups for our family.
Blueberries were on sale for $1.00 a pint. I bought 24 pints, rinsed each pint, transfered the pint to a quart size freezer bag and into the freezer the blueberries went. The children will enjoy blueberry muffins for at least 24 weeks of the year. Not bad!
I intended to also freeze strawberries at a $1.00 a pound but they got eaten far faster than I could freeze them. All in all it has been a good week to get the food supplies restalked.