First I put together one batch of Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup. I found the recipe online; it's a "Gift in a Jar" recipe. I put mine in a Foodsaver bag instead, just because it seemed like a good idea at the time - I'm putting off an inevitable trip to the cobwebby corner where I keep my empty jars.
Since we haven't had this before, I made only one batch; if we like it, I'll make a few more. The version of the recipe I used is slightly different from the one I referenced above.
Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup In a Jar
1 2.75-oz packet country gravy mix
1 Tbsp chicken buillion granules
2 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp dried celery flakes
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/4 cup uncooked wild rice
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped dried mushrooms
To make the soup, add the contents of the jar or pouch to 7 cups of water in a saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender. Makes 6 servings.
Country gravy mix isn't something that we normally eat, nor is chicken buillion (too salty); that's why I'm a little hesitant about whether or not we will like this.
Next I made a few packets of Two-Minute Fruit Crisp Topping to go on the home-canned apple pie filling from last year; they should be eaten soon.
More recipes for mixes were then printed out and ingredients gathered; they'll be put together in the next day or two because I'd run out of steam at this point.
I labeled the jars of applesauce and apple juice and sweet & sour plum sauce still setting on my counter, and put those away. I labeled a little jar of Dill Salt that I made awhile ago to sprinkle on sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, and put the jar away.
And I re-vacuum-sealed the jars of dehydrated celery flakes and mushroom slices that I used in the soup mix, as well as a jar of M&M's that I just had to break into today!
I have two more buckets of apples waiting to be processed. I feel a bit like a squirrel, storing away nuts for winter. It's coming, and I need to get ready. Ella, one of the horses, is starting to grow her winter coat. It's been chilly the past couple of mornings and I've needed to wear a hoodie when I milk at night and when I feed in the morning. Yes, winter's coming...