I mostly worked on fruits and veggies this month (canned and frozen), as everything was GONE from my pantry and freezer. Last month I restocked flours, baking soda and powder, salt, beans, rice, etc.
This is some of what I bought this month and some explanations.-50lbs potatoes
-several bags of onions
-.69 squash (several pounds)
-about 40 lbs of frozen veggies
(my garden gave me some for fresh through the summer, but not enough for freezing much)
-several 5lb bags of frozen fruits
-25lbs of sugar
-2 jars of honey
-1 container of molasses
-12 dozen eggs (this will last for about 2 weeks)
-5 lbs oatmeal
-5 lbs bananas
(chili beans, pineapple, evap milk, beets, etc)
The purchases to jabber about-
This is worthy of conversation!
Not only is it pre-soaked in lime (as Nourishing Traditions speaks of) but it also has some goodies in it!
Per 100g , which is about 3/4 cup, you have;-6.7 grams of fiber (fiber is a good way to tell if flour and meal are whole grain)
-6.9 grams of protein (this is great, and (from what I've read) when combined with a legume, it's a complete protein
-10% of your daily calcium
-10% of your daily iron
Regular corn meal cannot compare to this, as most of its nutritional content is what has been 'added'.
Read the ingredients on their bags to see what I mean ;-)
Masa flour is easy to use and its not textured like "meal"- it is "flour".
(Here are 3 recipes (scroll down)that I've posted with it before. This makes good tortillas too, but it will work so many other ways.)
I think masa is better stored in the freezer too, since it is the whole grain, whereas regular cornmeal is stripped to prolong its shelf life.
Another interesting purchase I made, I can hardly believe myself. You see, it's not something that I've ever cooked before. My kids however saw one at the Butcher's once and I promised them that I would try one sometime in the future.
Several have also recently read Lord of the Rings. Do you remember a dish they prepared in that story? (No, not Smeagol's fish.) Come on- think, think, think. With thyme, sage, and bay leaves? (For some of us- Hasenpfeffer might ring a bell.) 'Coney' ring a bell? Yes, a rabbit for Rabbit Stew.
I think Bugs Bunny's Hasenpfeffer sounds like a great way to cook it!
Dh said he wouldn't eat it and I almost backed out because I didn't want to waste- but- sigh, I did make a promise to them and my word was more important - I plan to fix a pot of beans and cornbread to have on stand-by!
(And I can ALWAYS smuggle it into something ;-)
Anyone else use masa or cook rabbits?
Care to share recipes?