Sunday, April 26, 2015

Busy Sunday

Today I found myself with some time and not a lot of things planned.  It seemed like a good idea to get some more things out of my freezer and also take advantage of the copious amounts of field garlic in the yard.

First off, I made a batch of chicken stock, from which I canned 4 pints of stock.  The rest of the stock went into a batch of chicken soup.  Leeks (farm share, sliced and frozen), carrots and celery were sauteed and then the rest of the stock added.  To this I added some leftover rice and chopped up chicken (also from the freezer).  This simmered for a while.  When I was ready to can it, I put 2 tsp. of orzo into each jar, uncooked, and filled the jars with soup.  The soup was then processed the usual way, 75 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure.  When the jars came out, the orzo was cooked and plump and there was still plenty of liquid in the jars.  We'll see how the texture is when I eat some of it.

Lastly, I picked and chopped enough field garlic from the yard to get a cup.  With this, I made a double batch of field garlic bread.  Note to self:  do not use rapid rise yeast, as the tops of the loaves collapse and I think that's why.

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