Saturday, October 29, 2011

Store what you eat....

eat what you store!

Do you know what this is?  If you answered chili then you are correct but it's not just any chili. 

I am still working on the food storage making it better organized  and taking an inventory as I go. My food storage room is also grandson's bedroom during the week.  For some reason I have missed rotating some chili.  I found this jar of chili dated November 2008.  It's almost 3 years old!  This is my oldest meal-in-a-jar so I have plans for Friday night supper and it will be a fun meal for grandson before daughter picks him up for the week-end.

Friday morning after I got Grandson off to school and helped Papa Bear with the chores,  I came inside to make homemade hot dog buns.  Why did I make the buns?  For one thing I was out and didn't want the 8 mile round trip to the store to find they may be out of buns and simply because I could.   I have made these buns before and they are really good.  They hold everything you can put on a hot dog and you can pick them up without them falling apart while you are eating them.  You can either shape them into hamburger buns or hot dog buns.  I use all the ingredients in the recipe but I use my bread machine on the dough cycle to mix and knead everything.  As soon as the machine stops, I remove the dough and follow the recipe from there.

Friday afternoon after re-hydrating some onions I started frying them in a small amount of vegetable oil. I opened two pints of sliced canned potatoes, drained and rinsed them and added to my onions in the pan and cooked until everything browned. 
Home Fries!

 I already had grilled wieners in the freezer so they only took a minute or so of thawing in the microwave and then we piled on the 3 year old chili and a sprinkling of grated cheese on top.  Except for the extra buns I put in the freezer....there were no left overs!


  1. I guess we should make our own bread and buns. We can go through 1 or 2 20oz loves of bread daily. I have a family of 7. Sometimes we are all home at once sometimes not. I won't get into our food bill monthly. Talk about National Debt. ;)

  2. Ron...It is cheaper to make your own bread ingredient wise. I try to sit aside one day a week to make several loaves to put in the freezer. If wrapped well, they will stay fresh in the freezer about 4 months or so.

    I don't have a stand mixer and I usually don't have the time to hand mix and knead so I let my bread machine mix and knead work smarter not harder as my daughter says. I take it out of the bread machine and let it rise and then I shape it and bake it.

  3. Plus, if you look, you can find bread machines at tag sales super cheap! ALL the manuals and recipes are on line too.
    I saw the recipe for easy hot dog and hamburg buns and I keep meaning to try it. Looking at the price tag on bread is stunning compared to how little it costs to make, it's sheer laziness that keeps me from doing it more often.
    I saw a prepper on a forum who was angry she hadn't kept up with her rotation and came accross "expired" cans and threw them out!!! Honestly, a little research would show they last years pasttheir expiration dates.

  4. are so right. Papa Bear paid dearly for my first bread machine about 15 years ago (I'm still using it). I was at Goodwill last year and found one that looked brand new and I think I paid $7.00 for it. I found it's manual on line. I use both of the bread machines at one time or another.

  5. Thank you DeanO.... Thanks for stopping by! Nice deer on your site!


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