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How to can Garlic Banana Pepper Rings, #Canning, #Garden, #peppersGarlic Banana Peppers ~ How to can, step by step guide

Banana pepper plants have a tremendous yield and are very easy to can. Can a batch of these garlic banana peppers to eat with your sandwiches and salads all year long.

Yield: 9 pints

  • 7-9 lbs peppers
  • 5 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 18 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 9 pint  jars, lids, and rings

Fill a water bath canner  halfway full of water and bring to a simmer. Wash your jars in warm, soapy water and inspect for any damage. Place clean jars in the water bath canner and hold at a simmer until ready to use. Wash peppers and slice peppers into ¼” slices.
In another large pot, combine vinegar, water, canning salt, and sugar. Bring to a boil.
Remove jars from water bath canner, draining well. Pack each jar with peppers and two cloves of garlic. Pour the vinegar mixture into each jar, leaving ½” headspace. Slide a rubber or plastic spatula around the edges to remove air bubbles. Add more liquid if necessary.
Affix lids and rings to the top of each jar and submerge in water bath canner. Bring the canner to a full boil and process jars for 10 minutes.

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Cowboy Casserole, Money Saving Recipes, Ground Beef Recipes, Casserole Recipes

Want to feed your gang, but don’t want to spend a lot of $$$$ doing so?! Well then, you’ve come to the right place! Today’s recipe is featuring ground beef. Ground beef, my go to meat when the budget is a little tight. :) This recipe is packed with, as I would call, “healthy fillers” including beans, corn and tomatoes to make the ground beef stretch farther. I have my little tricks, as I’m sure you do too, when it comes to feeding your family and making your dollar stretch farther for your gang.  If you have a “stretch your ground beef farther method”, please share it with the rest of us. We’d love to hear it!

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen super sweet white corn
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons McCormick taco seasoning
  • approx. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • approx. 1/2 vintage white cheddar

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1 cup half and half

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet combine ground beef, celery and onions. Brown over medium high heat; drain fat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; stir.
  4. Scoop mixture into a large 3 quart baking dish. Top with cheeses. Set aside.
  5. Let’s make the crust – In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, taco seasoning, baking powder, melted butter and half and half; whisk until smooth. Pour crust mixture evenly over meat mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35-40 minutes Or until crust is lightly brown. Serve.

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How to can Tomatoes, a step by step guide on how to can tomatoes #canning, #Tomatoes,How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide

Tomatoes are one of the most plentiful foods at the end of the gardening season. You can  use all varieties of tomatoes in canning, in fact I like to use lots of different kinds of tomatoes. I feel like the combination makes a better end product. Did you know you can even can grape tomatoes, yes the tiny bite sized ones. Most people let them go to waste because they are feared to be too time consuming to can. They are actually pretty quick and easy and are a great treat during the winter. Grape tomatoes are very inexpensive to can. All you need is a water bath canner or a large stockpot, water, canning salt,  lemon juice and jars and lids.

How to can Tomatoes, a step by step guide on how to can tomatoes #canning, #Tomatoes ,Begin by inspecting your jars for any nicks, scratches, or cracks. Set aside damaged jars, because the heat from the canning process might cause them to break. Wash the undamaged jars with warm, soapy water. If your jars have a white residue on them, soak for 10 minutes in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water.Fill your canner with water and place clean jars inside. Bring to a simmer of 180°F and allow the jars to simmer until you are ready to use. OR you can put them in a clean dishwasher and wash them on high heat.  This will both wash the jars and keep them nice a warm, ready for the canning process.How to can Tomatoes, a step by step guide on how to can tomatoes #canning, #Tomatoes  ,Wash your tomatoes thoroughly. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Working in batches, boil the tomatoes for 45-60 seconds and immediately dunk in the ice water. Squeeze them gently and the peels should slide right off. For larger tomatoes, cut out the stem and core.

Pack tomatoes into hot jars and fill with boiling water, leaving a 1?2” headspace. Slide a plastic or rubber spatula around the inside of the jar, pressing lightly on the fruits, to remove air bubbles. Add more water if you’ve dropped below 1/2” headspace. Add 1?4 tsp salt to pint jars and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or 1/2 tsp to quart jars and one teaspoon lemon juice, if desired. MOST the time no water is needed, if you press down the juice from the tomatoes fills the jars empty spaces.  But if your tomatoes are not very juicy water might be needed.

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Use a clean cloth to wipe off the rim of the jar. Affix lids and rings to jars and lower into canner. Bring the water to a full boil and cover. Process pints for 35 minutes and quarts for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let the canner cool for 5 minute before removing jars. Set the processed jars on  a thick, dry towel.

Let the jars cool for 12-24 hours and check the seals by pressing in the center of the lid. If it is solid, the jars have processed completely. If there is any give, or ‘pop’ when you press on the lid, the jar did not process and should be refrigerated for immediate use.

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Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe, Copy Cat Recipe for Panda Express Chow Mein #PandaExpress, #ChowMein, #recipePanda Express Chow Mein Noodles ~Copy Cat Recipe

My family LOVES THE Chow Mein Noodles at Panda Express. But eating out with a family of 7 is not a budget friendly option. That is when it is time to figure out how to recreate the recipe at home.  Give this recipe a try, hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pkg. Hokkien Stir-Fry noodles or Yakisoba noodles about 14 oz. (These are precooked noodles that just need to be warmed through).
  • 1?4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 1?2 teas. Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 4 teas. Brown Sugar
  • 1?2 teas. Black Pepper or White Pepper if you have it
  • 1 Stalk Celery, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1?2 Yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 1?2 Cups Cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. Oil

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Instructions: In a small bowl whisk together the Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Brown Sugar and Pepper, set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or large non-stick pan over high heat. When it just starts to smoke add the Onion, Celery and Cabbage and reduce to medium high heat. Stir constantly until the cabbage is reduced by about half, the onions are translucent and the celery is softened, about 3 minutes. Add in the Noodles and Sauce and cook an additional 2 minutes. Serve hot.

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Loaded Chicken Nachos, Money Saving Recipe, Chicken Crock Pot Recipes, Kid Friendly Recipes,The Best Chicken Nachos

Loaded Chicken Nachos by Tiffany

Have you  totally been guilty,  like I have, for buying loaded nachos with all the fancy smancy flavorful shredded meats, melted cheeses, etc. at your favorite restaurant? I’m going to save you some money, are you ready?! Best of all, you get your crock on! Whip that baby out from under the counter, I’ve got a tasty shredded chicken recipe for you! This shredded chicken recipe is very versatile and can be used for nachos, tacos, enchiladas or empanadas.

Sometimes I just need my ooey gooey cheesey chicken nacho fix. Especially on those hectic nights when I don’t feel like cooking up a big ol’ meal. Super duper easy and very very tasty! Plus, it’s a kid pleasing meal! Enjoy.

Notes***

You can totally replace the diced tomatoes and green chilies for 1 can (15oz.) of Rotel tomatoes instead. :)

This makes approx. 6 cups of shreded chicken breast. Use or freeze the remaider for later use.

This can be made kid friendly by just leaving out the toppings your child does not prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chili’s
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried onion
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • sprinkle of chipotle chile pepper
  • tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese -Mexican, cheddar or pepper jack
  • 1 can (15oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed.
  •  diced onion
  • diced tomatoes
  • sliced olives
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • sliced jalapeno peppers
  • sour cream
  • salsa

 

Directions

  1. In your crock pot or slow cooker, combine diced tomatoes, green chili’s, chili powder, dried onion, ground cumin; stir. Place chicken breasts in crock pot and scoop some of the tomato mixture on top of breasts. Sprinkle the tops with chipotle chili pepper. Turn crock pot on high, cook for approx. 3-4 hours or until breasts are easily shredded with a fork.
  2. Shred chicken breasts in crock with tomato mixture. Stir and set aside. Keep on warm until ready to use.
  3. On a large baking sheet, layer tortilla chips. Top with shredded chicken, cheeses, black beans and all your desired fixings, except for sour cream & salsa; repeat for second layer. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven until cheese has melted. Approx. 8-10 minutes. Top nachos with sour cream,salsa and fresh chopped cilantro if desired.

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Vegetarian Enchiladas, Freezer Meals, Money Saving Recipes, Freezer Recipes

Vegetarian Enchiladas by Tiffany

Being that I run a household with many different diet requirements, I thought I’d share one of our absolute favorite vegetarian meals – for my vegetarian friends. This recipe is hearty, simple and very satisfying. The carnivores in the house don’t even miss the meat – now that’s saying something!

*Notes* This is a great freezer meal. Make one for now, freeze one for later. To bake frozen enchiladas, remove from freezer, bring enchiladas slightly to room temp. Remove lid, cover with aluminum foil. If covered with plastic wrap and foil, remove plastic wrap, bake as directed. Add additional time to make sure the enchiladas are baked all the way through. Approx. 1 hr.

Ingredients

  • approx. 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • approx. 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • handful of fresh chopped cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 16 flour tortillas
  • medium vintage white cheddar cheese, shredded – desired amount
  • fresh mozzarella, shredded – desired amount
  • 1 can (28 oz.) enchilada sauce ( I use El Pato)
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced olives

Directions

  1. In a large non stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, zucchini, squash, onion, mushroom, red pepper and broccoli slaw. Cook, tossing frequently, until zucchini and squash are slightly fork tender. Reduce heat to low, add drained artichokes and fresh cilantro; toss. Remove from heat. Set aside
  2. Warm tortillas. Keep tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer. This will keep them pliable and easy to fold when making the enchiladas.
  3. Pour approx. 1 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce into a round baking dish.
  4. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce, fill with approx. 1/4 cup vegetable filling, top vegetables with desired amount of both cheeses; fold. Place enchiladas in TWO 3 qt. baking dishes for a total of eight each, in each dish. Top enchiladas with additional enchilada sauce, vintage white cheddar, mozzarella, remainder vegetables, olives and cilantro if desired. At this point they can be frozen. Cover with lids and freeze. If you do not have lids, cover each baking dish with a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil, freeze.  See notes for baking instructions if freezing.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 40 minutes. Serve.

 

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