Monday, June 1, 2020

Sad Little Tomatoes

So I am not doing any real gardening these days. The trees have just grow in so much that there isn't enough sunlight in our yard but I still have pots of things. A few pepper plants, a few squash plants, potatoes in a pot and yesterday I picked up some of the saddest looking tomato plants. They were in little 4 inch peat pots and apparently hadn't gotten much watering even though it has rained a lot here lately. They were marked down to $ .74 and I really think they are only worth about $ .10 but I was inspired by looking at my daughter and her fiancé's tomato plants. They have some wonderfully big plants that they just grew from seeds from a tomato from the store and they have quite a few tomatoes on just 3 plants! Anyway, I thought I would try to save these three. I brought them home last night and watered them real good overnight. This morning I found these gallon pots and with some Miracle Grow Potting Soil (the only kind we seem to have this year), they were re-potted. 

Then I decided to make more room in the house under the grow lights by putting the three basil plants I had in with them.

And now it is just a "wait and see" game. Not really anything major but I wanted us to have some before pictures.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What to Make With Canned Chicken--Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken soup is, of course, a really easy thing to do with canned chicken but I got a little more creative and made chicken pot pie today. I started by putting the filling in the crockpot for about 3 hours.

Two jars of my canned chicken (pints)
 one can of cream of chicken soup
a little water
Diced Potatoes- I only needed 4 medium potatoes
1/2 a small onion, also diced
salt and pepper to taste

Just before putting it in the pie shell I added one of those very small cans (8.5 oz) of peas and carrots.

Of course, you can add any veggies you want to yours and use frozen or home canned as well. I used what I had on hand.

 I made my own crust just using the recipe for a crust from my cookbook. For once it didn't fight me and tear or stick. I brushed egg white on top.

I cooked it in my little convection oven for about a half an hour. Delicious!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

What Do You Make With Canned Pork?

Actually I knew I was going to use some of it for barbecue sandwiches even while I was canning it. I had never even heard of barbecue sandwiches until I moved to the South. At one time cooks used to roast tough meats over the fire and then shred them and make them into barbecue to make them tender enough to eat. These days it is more likely a pork roast is cooked in the oven, then maybe put on the fire- or not, sauce added and you have a good meal.
The canned pork I did was so easy since it was already cooked and easy to shred. I pulled it apart with a couple of forks.

It made a good bit more than I thought it was going to. Great for if you have more than two people eating. I added some barbecue spice and barbecue sauce, heated it up and that was it.

It really was very good. I'll try to post what else I do with my canned pork and chicken as we go along.