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Potato Bacon Soup from Home Food Storage

I have been enjoying potato bacon soup that I make from my home storage food reserves. I thought I’d post about using Augason creamy potato soup mix. I have a few #10 cans of this soup mix and love using it to make my potato bacon soup. This is not a paid review for Augason’s but rather just my unsolicited opinion of the product.

They say you should use and perfect your cooking with home storage foods and that’s just how I discovered my version of this potato bacon soup.

I use 1-1/3 cups of the soup mix, along with the recommended 4-1/2 cups of water. But then I add several dashes of Worcestershire sauce, several dashes of pepper, at least a cup of cut-up potatoes, and finally about 4-5 slices of cooked bacon.

Chopped up the bacon into small bits as shown.

I throw it all in my crockpot and cook on high for about 4 hours and then just on low until ready to eat.

Results are outstanding and makes enough homemade soup for at least 2 meals for hubby and I.

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Saving Tomato Pieces

Here is a quick and frugal homemaking tip. Save and freeze tomato pieces that you may have leftover or over-ripe pieces. This is also a good tip for freezing as you can use a freezer-safe canning jar and just add pieces as you acquire them.

When I need some tomato pieces, I just pull out the jar and remove a few pieces as needed. I chop them up on the cutting board if I want puree tomatoes for my recipes. Otherwise you can just shake out some frozen tomato pieces directly into Continue Reading →

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Indoor Basil Harvested

This weekend I harvested my indoor basil that I have been growing over the winter. I brought my plants indoors last fall and while they don’t grow all that great inside in the winter, they do produce. Here is my harvested basil I cut off the two plants I had over the winter. I left some base in the pots so they can regrow again this spring once it warms up.

I am now drying these leaves and hope to have a bounty of fresh dried basil to use over the next few months. I should add that I have been cutting off leaves from these plants throughout the winter. I have used the fresh leaves in spaghetti, pizza sauce, and lasagna recipes over the last several winter months. It is always wonderful to use fresh cut-up basil in my cooking.

So as the weather is warming, I will soon re-pot and transfer my basil outside where it can really thrive. Until then, Continue Reading →

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Lemon Kefir Water

I have been making kefir water for several years now. Lemon kefir water has become my very favorite. Here is the link to my recipe for making kefir water. You use the basic steps shown in the receipe but instead of adding apple juice, you use a fresh lemon for flavoring.

Lemon Kefir Water

Cut a few slices of lemon and add it to the jar after you remove the kefir grains.
Lemon slices for kefir water

After adding a few slices of lemon, I will squeeze the rind end to add some extra juices. Then put the lid on the jar tightly and leave it for a few days to ferment. Then Continue Reading →

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Freezing Cabbage

I discovered this useful idea for storing fresh cabbage. I cut up this garden fresh cabbage and froze it in freezer bags. A half of a cabbage head fits nicely into a quart sized freezer bag.

Roll up the freezer bag with just a small opening left in the zip lock so the air can escape. Roll the bag up towards the zip lock opening and push out all the air you can.

Close the bag Continue Reading →

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Warming Pizza in Cast Iron Skillet

We enjoy our leftover pizza warmed up. The problem is that most people microwave it to warm it up. Microwaving leftover pizza tends to leave it soggy and the crust limp.

If you read this blog occasionally, you will know that I love and use cast iron skillets and pots for cooking and baking quite often. I love my cast iron pans and find new uses for them all the time. So… I figured I would try putting a few pieces of leftover pizza in my big skillet to warm it up. In my first attempt, I scorched the bottom of the pizza crust. I found you want to keep the heat lower and allow extra minutes to warm the pizza slowly.

My 2nd attempt warming pizza in the cast iron pan turned out wonderfully. Not only does the crust stay nice and crisp but the topping heats up and everything turns out great. Tasted almost like freshly baked pizza. So here are the details for successfully warming pizza in a cast iron skillet.

Warming instructions: Continue Reading →

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