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Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:50 pm
by boskone
About a month ago I canned a batch of chili. (And two jars of water, because...uh...I had space for two more jars.) Most of it's in the fridge, since as a novice I wanted to take all precautions, but one jar's in the pantry.

Over the last week I've eaten the first jar from the fridge with no ill effects. I figure that's promising.

The jar in the pantry looks fine. My current plan is to leave it in the pantry 'til mid-November, then (assuming no odd smells) eat it, and see how things go.

I'm thinking of trying canning some potatoes and hamburger this week. Potatoes because they're kind of a staple and just don't store great around here, hamburger because it's on sale.

Anyone know an equivalent of the USDA canning guide for dehydrating?

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:38 am
by boskone
I was going to vacuum-seal some dried rice and beans. I got the beans done, but found three unfortunate things:

Discovery 1: I accidentally ordered mylar bags for a chamber vacuum sealer. I wasted a good amount of time trying to come up with a way to use them anyway, without success. I ended up vac sealing the beans into a regular bag, with deoxygenator and dessican, then just sealing that into a mylar bag. Inelegent, but it'll work.

Discovery 2: I'm out of vacuum bag rolls, which I remembered as soon as I saw the empty box.

Discovery 3: Now that I'm actually interested in canning, I've lost my attachment for vac-sealing mason jars. That would have been kinda handy.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:09 am
by Zed Hunter
A post on Oct. 7th gives a link to food preservation site. They list article/s on canning.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:30 am
by slipkid42
Made deer jerky on smoker yesterday, about 5 lbs - it'll be gone in a week :)

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:32 pm
by 12_Gauge_Chimp
slipkid42 wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:30 am
Made deer jerky on smoker yesterday, about 5 lbs - it'll be gone in a week :)
Man, I haven't had good deer jerky since I was in high school.

I don't hunt, so making my own is not an option and the commercially available stuff has to be mixed with beef or pork due to some law and that just overpowers the venison flavor.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:34 pm
by CG
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:32 pm

Man, I haven't had good deer jerky since I was in high school.

I don't hunt, so making my own is not an option and the commercially available stuff has to be mixed with beef or pork due to some law and that just overpowers the venison flavor.
We've bought it from the processors before when people failed to pick up their meat. Venison, not jerky.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:09 pm
by boskone
I haven't decided if I'm going to take a deer this year.

On the one hand, free meat.

On the other, more to keep up with when I move.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:42 pm
by WillyWinchester
Get the deer and make sausage. Then send it to me. Please and thank you.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:30 pm
by boskone
WillyWinchester wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:42 pm
Get the deer and make sausage. Then send it to me. Please and thank you.
That sounds like work, work, and more work.

Plus I was just COVID-exposed, and assuming both the potential vector and myself are positive, I'll probably be quarantined for the duration of my hunting window. :|

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:15 am
by WillyWinchester
Oh man...sorry to hear that. Hopiung for your speedy recovery.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:09 pm
by 12_Gauge_Chimp
CG wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:34 pm
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:32 pm

Man, I haven't had good deer jerky since I was in high school.

I don't hunt, so making my own is not an option and the commercially available stuff has to be mixed with beef or pork due to some law and that just overpowers the venison flavor.
We've bought it from the processors before when people failed to pick up their meat. Venison, not jerky.
I may have to check out some of the processors in my AO and see if they'd do that.

If nothing else, the pastor from my mother's church makes deer jerky and I can always ask if he'd sell me some whenever he makes a batch.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:31 pm
by boskone
WillyWinchester wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:15 am
Oh man...sorry to hear that. Hopiung for your speedy recovery.
Sorry, completely missed this response.

Both the vector and I tested negative, so only 14 day's quarantine. I did miss my hunting trip.

If I decide to shoot something, I can go to my parents' place 'til like mid-January. Not as good a hunting ground as I missed out on, but there's some deer in the area that need culling.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:53 pm
by NT2C
Might need to start an "Eats & Drinks Wall of Shame" :oops:

I made a meatloaf tonight and, about 5 minutes after putting it in the oven I realized I forgot to season it. :ohdear:

I did use seasoned breadcrumbs at least, and glazed the top, and it does have a nice bit of sweet onion in it. Should be okay.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:03 pm
by MPMalloy
NT2C wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:53 pm
Might need to start an "Eats & Drinks Wall of Shame" :oops:

I made a meatloaf tonight and, about 5 minutes after putting it in the oven I realized I forgot to season it. :ohdear:

I did use seasoned breadcrumbs at least, and glazed the top, and it does have a nice bit of sweet onion in it. Should be okay.
If you don't want it, send it here :mrgreen: (hungry emoji)

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:49 pm
by NT2C
MPMalloy wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:03 pm
NT2C wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:53 pm
Might need to start an "Eats & Drinks Wall of Shame" :oops:

I made a meatloaf tonight and, about 5 minutes after putting it in the oven I realized I forgot to season it. :ohdear:

I did use seasoned breadcrumbs at least, and glazed the top, and it does have a nice bit of sweet onion in it. Should be okay.
If you don't want it, send it here :mrgreen: (hungry emoji)
It was delish! C'mon over, we'll always feed a guest. Especially one that brings kitties. :wink:

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:44 pm
by 12_Gauge_Chimp
NT2C wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:53 pm
Might need to start an "Eats & Drinks Wall of Shame" :oops:

I made a meatloaf tonight and, about 5 minutes after putting it in the oven I realized I forgot to season it. :ohdear:

I did use seasoned breadcrumbs at least, and glazed the top, and it does have a nice bit of sweet onion in it. Should be okay.
What's the recipe for that meatloaf ?

Every time I try to make meatloaf, it turns out kind of greasy and not at all like the meatloaf you see on TV on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". By that I mean the TV meatloaf stays together and doesn't fall apart when cutting into it like the ones I make do.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:11 pm
by NT2C
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:44 pm
NT2C wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:53 pm
Might need to start an "Eats & Drinks Wall of Shame" :oops:

I made a meatloaf tonight and, about 5 minutes after putting it in the oven I realized I forgot to season it. :ohdear:

I did use seasoned breadcrumbs at least, and glazed the top, and it does have a nice bit of sweet onion in it. Should be okay.
What's the recipe for that meatloaf ?

Every time I try to make meatloaf, it turns out kind of greasy and not at all like the meatloaf you see on TV on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". By that I mean the TV meatloaf stays together and doesn't fall apart when cutting into it like the ones I make do.
All my measurements are approximate because I tend to cook by the "close enough" method.

2 lbs. ground beef (I like 90/10 as it's less greasy)
2 eggs
1/2 cup sweet onion (Vidalia or Walla-Walla)
1 cup bread crumbs (okay to used seasoned but I try to not go over 1/2 seasoned and 1/2 not)
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 tablespoon oregano

Knead by hand adding a splash of milk as needed to facilitate proper mixing and shaping

I prefer to cook mine in a Wilton meatloaf pan but there are other brands, or you can shape it by hand on a cookie sheet but risk grease drips. Glaze with a 1/2 cup of ketchup mixed with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Okay to thin the glaze mixture with a little wine vinegar as needed, and/or add chili powder/sauce for some kick. Bake at 350 ~45 minutes

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:17 pm
by Zed Hunter
Let the loaf cool for 15 to 30 min. It will hold together better.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:00 pm
by 12_Gauge_Chimp
Zed Hunter wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:17 pm
Let the loaf cool for 15 to 30 min. It will hold together better.
That's probably why the meatloaf I make tends to fall apart a little.

The next time I make a meatloaf, I'll let it cool for a bit before I cut into it.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:26 am
by NT2C
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:00 pm
Zed Hunter wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:17 pm
Let the loaf cool for 15 to 30 min. It will hold together better.
That's probably why the meatloaf I make tends to fall apart a little.

The next time I make a meatloaf, I'll let it cool for a bit before I cut into it.
Personally, I feel there's a lot to be said for cold meatloaf sandwiches. :)

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:58 am
by Zed Hunter
With durkeys dressing. Yum.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:11 am
by SCBrian
NT2C wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:26 am
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:00 pm
Zed Hunter wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:17 pm
Let the loaf cool for 15 to 30 min. It will hold together better.
That's probably why the meatloaf I make tends to fall apart a little.

The next time I make a meatloaf, I'll let it cool for a bit before I cut into it.
Personally, I feel there's a lot to be said for cold meatloaf sandwiches. :)
With Cheese....

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:30 pm
by 12_Gauge_Chimp
I've never had a meatloaf sandwich.

Matter of fact, it wasn't up until a few years ago that I first had meatloaf. Never thought to make it until just a few years ago.

Re: Food Chat - Dinner conversation anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:05 pm
by NT2C
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:30 pm
I've never had a meatloaf sandwich.

Matter of fact, it wasn't up until a few years ago that I first had meatloaf. Never thought to make it until just a few years ago.
You're missing some good eating then. Take a slice straight out of the leftovers in the fridge, put it on your choice of bread and garnish with a bit of ketchup or whatever you like, and eat it just like that. I've woken up at 3AM and made one of those. Good stuff! :mrgreen: