Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tomatoes, Stacking Wood and Making Meatloaves for the Freezer

I gathered several more tomatoes from the greenhouse today and decided that I needed to do something with them.  All together we had a really big bowl of tomatoes and that’s more than we can eat before they start going ‘backwards' so, I decided to make sauce.  

I cleaned and cut up the tomatoes ...

dumped them into a pot ...

opened the freezer and got out some green onions that I had cut up and froze last spring ...

then went to the pantry and pulled out a jar of roasted peppers that we had gotten on clearance a while back.  

Next, I cut off a bulb of garlic from a braid of garlic I have hanging, peeled, chopped and added it to the pot.  I let it simmer all day, and then used the immersion blender to blend everything really well.   I’ll refrigerate it over night and process it in the morning.

I started preserving the ground beef we got on sale yesterday.  So far I’ve made and frozen 6 meatloaves.  I still have quite a bit to go so I’ll be working on it more tomorrow!  (Tomorrow is going to be another full day.)

After lunch hubby needed my help working on the woodshed extension, he worked on it this morning while I worked inside.  Instead of running inside when he didn’t need my help and back outside when he did, I stayed outside and stacked wood when he didn’t need my help. 

Our Vicky Challenge savings today came from hubby doing the work on the shed extension himself.  He spent approximately 4 hours today working on it @ $15/hour giving us a savings of $60  Previous balance for savings $544.68 + $60 gives us a new total of $604.68.

Our temperature high today was 55 degrees but the sun was shining, which made it easier to work outside.

I hope you've had a great day!

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  1. That is awesome that you are processing tomatoes in the winter. Those meatloaves are like money in the bank! I need to restock those too.

    We had a great day which for me is treating those who need help with health issues and seeing old friends along with it. We were so blessed by a friend telling us how much our influence had changed their lives over the years. Just wow. We did not know. It gave us courage for our new friendship with the other neighbors.

    1. Lana, encouragement is such a wonderful thing isn't it! It doesn't surprise me that you have been a good influence on others, you touch more lives than you know.

  2. You certainly did have a full, productive day, Patsi!

    When you make your meatloaf, do you cook it before freezing? Also, do you glaze it before freezing? Ground beef is on sale this week in my area and I'd like to make some meatloaf. :)

    1. Jennilee, I do not cook the meatloaves before freezing nor do I put any kind of glaze on the meatloaves before freezing. I thaw the meatloaf when I'm ready to cook it and add the glaze/topping then. Hope this helps!

  3. I'm always so puzzled why people cook ground beef before putting it in the freezer! Ground beef lasts longer (up to 1 year) if uncooked and only lasts 3months or so if cooked. Is it for ease later (shorter prep)? I noticed you said you don't cook your meatloaf before freezing - do you just package everything and not cook?

    That is a terrific deal on ground beef!


    1. Lea, I cook ground beef for ease later and have kept it in the freezer up to 6 months without any ruinage/freezer burn. As for the meatloaf, I mix it together as if I were going to cook it, but freeze it instead.


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