Guess what I spent my weekend doing! That’s right, cooking and canning and dehydrating!
Megan and I have been giving weekend meal prep a try for our lunches. It’s been working out pretty well. If we don’t eat the prepared meals for lunch, then we have them for dinner instead.
I picked up a dehydrator over the week that I wanted to give a try. The dogs definitely benefited from that! They got homemade dehydrated salmon treats!! I had some older salmon in the freezer and decided to dehydrate it as dog treats! They, of course, love them. I was not so happy about the smell. Shewwwwy! I will make those outside in the future.
I decided that I would make a batch of chicken broth for our meals to combat the fishy smell permeating throughout the entire house. So I threw a whole chicken, some carrots & celery and various other ingredients into a giant pot and cooked it for several hours. Then I strained everything, cooled the chicken and removed all the meat from the bones. I put the broth in the fridge overnight so I could skim the fat off. I put the bones from the chicken carcass in a crockpot and covered those with water and cooked them overnight with a little bit of apple cider vinegar for bone broth for the dogs. No waste there. I also put together a batch of turmeric paste and tested out the silicone molds I got last week. That was Saturday!
Sunday I took the bone broth for the dogs out of the crockpot and let it cool. I browned some stew beef and started a pot of minestrone in the big crockpot for our lunches this week and let that cook all day. Then I started canning all the chicken broth and bone broth in my pressure cooker. I made our other lunch, turkey pinwheels and veggies. I used the chicken meat from the whole chicken to make Hawaiian chicken for our other lunch. Once the minestrone was done I threw that into some jars and canned them in the pressure cooker, just in case we didn’t get around to eating those over the week.
So what did I end up with, you ask?
- Salmon Treats for the dogs
- Turmeric Bombs for Peanut
- 6-8oz jars of Bone broth for the dogs
- 6-pint jars of Minestrone for Megan & I
- 12-pint jars of chicken broth for Megan & I
- 4 – 2-cup containers with Hawaiian Chicken, Zucchini noodles & pineapple
- 4 – 2-cup containers with turkey, cheese, spinach pinwheels with grapes, carrots & cucumbers
Have you ever tried meal prepping? How did it go? Do you have any favorite recipes that you like to use? Tell me about in the comments.