The weather was a little cooler today, not so much humidity and I haven't got a single thing done. Went to check on mom at the nursing home and then back home to start supper. I had intended to pick some corn after supper. Well intended is the key word here. I took a nap after we ate, and hubby didn't wake me up. See I can blame my laziness on him right here.And heck I didn't wake up till well after dark and past corn pickin time. Oh well, theres alas tomorrow.
I was thinking earlier today about some of the things that I have canned this year and some of my sweet readers that emailed and ask me to post more recipes. So I thought I would do just that. This year my new thing to be canned was the meatloaf. I turned out really good and it makes for a great convenience food for us.
2 lb hamburger (as lean as you can afford) ( I use 90/10)
1 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper(red and green)
1/2 cup celery finely chopped
1 sleeve of crackers crushed fine
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs(ya can just use more crackers)
2 whole eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
black pepper to taste
some condensed tomato soup
Mix the ingredients together and use enough of the tomato soup (condensed) to make the mixture hold shape. Maybe half a can. At this point you can shape in a loaf and bake covered with the remaining tomato soup mixed with some water till it tests done.
Use wide mouth pint jars, they will be straight neck for ease of removal later. Put a chunk of meatloaf in the jar, loosely pack leaving 1 inch of head space. Screw on lid, put in pressure canner, process at 10 lb pressure for 75 minutes. (adjust your processing for your elevation)
This recipe will make about 5 or 6 pints. You can adjust the veggies to suit your taste as well. This is the way we like it.
Now when it is sealed and cool, you will see a good deal of fat has accumulated in the jar. This is normal and if you set it in the fridge for a lil bit before you open it, it will make the fat easier to just scrape off with a fork and discard. You can then heat the meat loaf up if you like with more tomato soup or ketchup and serve.
I like to take it out of the jar, slice into round slices and top with mater soup and heat it up then use the soup as gravy over mashed taters. Yummy!!!
So till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.