Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard 09/20/12

Not much going into the pantry or freezer from the garden this week but I did my big trip to the city on Friday and have been taking care of things every since.

The tomatoes are still ripening slowly but did manage to get these canned this week.
Left over ham made into Scallop potatoes augratin with ham which will be put into TV dinner trays with a vegetable and froze for my brother for dinners when I am out.  Every meal has to exactly proportioned for him and sometimes I like to have things he doesn't eat.
Taco meat made with my homemade taco mix
Taco sauce.  It makes way more that I can eat so I keep some in the refrigerator and canned some.

Both the taco mix and the taco sauce are cloned recipes.  The Mix is Ole' Elpaso

Taco Seasoning Mix Ole’

3/4 cup dried minced onion
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. each cornstarch, crushed dried red pepper,
dried minced garlic, ground cumin

Combine all ingredients and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar).

To Use: 2 T Mix, 1/2 c. water & 1 lb ground beef, simmer altogether.

And the Taco Sauce to Taco Bell

Taco Bell's Hot taco sauce

1 6-oz can tomato paste
3 cups water
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon minced dried onion
2 tablespoons canned jalapeno slices ("nacho slices")

1. Combine the tomato past with the water in a saucepan over medium
heat. Stir until smooth.

2. Add the cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, cornstarch, vinegar,
and dried onion. Stir.

3. Chop the jalapeno slices very fine. You can use a food processor,
but don't puree. The best kind of jalapeno to use are those bottled
for nachos or pizza. Add them to the mixture.

4. Heat the mixture to boiling. Continue to stir about 3 minutes and
remove from the heat.

5. Let the sauce stand until cool, and then put in a tightly sealed
container and refrigerate. This will last 1 to 2 months. Makes 3-1/2

Both are good and very inexpensive to make.  Most have everything on their pantry self which makes it easy.

Most of this week was spent packaging and freezing meet etc. from my shopping Marathon. However we are now set for winter except for a few things that I will get in the next few weeks.  Then shopping will be only a few perishables like milk etc.

Be sure to visit our host The Gardener of Eden and see what others have been squirreling away this past week.


  1. I've been pretty slack. I wanted to make applesauce but the farmers market was out of their cheap apples last week. But I made sure this week to get there right as they opened. I'm hoping to make some tomorrow.

  2. Wilderness, Looks good! I've been pretty busy canning this week. What do you have in the last photo, ketchup?

  3. Love Your canned tomatoes! Must find a good recipe! Found a weight-converter that I put in my blog now! Hope You like it - it is really hard to convert Yourself, I think! Have a nice weekend! :) Mia

  4. Daphne, Apples are one of the things I have left to get for winter. I hope to get to the orchard in the next week or so.

    Robin, I would like to be busy canning but nothing is really ready yet. The last photo is taco sauce. Now that the post for today is finished things will make a little more sense out there. That was a draft but blogger is still giving me big problems and I have no tabs on my main screen for a new post or anything like that. Can't change the design and can't find anyone that can help me get it fixed.

    Mia, I don't do anything to the tomatoes but peel them and can them with a teaspoon of salt. That way I can use them in many different ways during the winter.

  5. everything looks great!! thanks for sharing!

  6. Wilderness, you always have great recipes! Thanks for sharing these!