I hurry down to the basement dreading what I know I am going to find... oh my I was right! My upright freezer was somehow not shut by the last person who got something out. I think the culprit was after the ice cream again! But we will never know. The problem....
I just purchased half a beef
which = $1000.00 dollars
450 lbs of beef
at the end of February!
SO now I have two choices because all the meat is way past the point of refreezing(as the floor is now covered in blood) Yep I could sit down say "why me?" and have a really good cry OR I could suck it up laugh at the craziness of my life and get to work! .
Sorry Stephanie our well deserved craft day is going to have to wait another week!
So I wake the girls, my brother and we start pulling out the ice chest from the garage, I call the girls in for school as NO ONE is going anywhere! They had already done this to me once last year but that time it was just a quarter of beef and we had already used a lot of it up. BUT I did all the work. This time though we are in this together!
This is one lesson my family is never going to forget again!Make a list for the Mr. and off to the store he goes.
We start bringing up the meat,
Glad he did though!
Aren't I scary at 6 in the morning! So glad God created makeup!!!
Made a frantic call to my Mother-in-Law, isn't she lovely?
She is the pressure cooker Queen
started the girls on cooking the meat while I got on FB and asked all my friends for crock pots. By 8 am I had seven crock pots going (thank you Vicky!) a roaster, the stove, the Georg Foreman and
We used the bathtub to warm up all the jars and lids.
By 10 two of my helpers had about all they could take and found the couch...
even the dogs were getting worn out!
Then around noon two of my angels (friends) just showed up to help.
Thank you Stephanine and Debbie you are the BEST!!!
Which is so true. I am horrible about asking for help!( I hate to inconvenience anyone and would just rather do it myself.) They also brought their daughters to help. I am so glad I have a huge kitchen! So we were all chopping, cooking, stuffing and canning. They all stayed till 4. All that extra help was a godsend. My Mother-in-law had to finally go by 6 (which I have to admit by that time I was ready to go myself) But thanks to her guiding hand and instructions I am no longer afraid of a pressure canner!
Pressure Cooker vs Rachel Murphy
And Rachel takes it by a landslide! The crowd goes wild!!
While we cook they cleaned!
I can't have my basement looking like I went all psycho on someone..the bug man is coming and I don't want him to fear for his life!Old house basements are scary enough without the floor being covered in blood!
My Mr. who "had to
a meat lovers with mushrooms and olives.
Well all the family conked out on me around midnight. So I worked through the night. Finally woke Mr. up at 8am and let him take over for some much needed rest. And finally here is the end product.
almost 31 hours straight of canning. I was scared to death of a pressure canner but not no more! I am pro.
My girls still complain that their rooms smell like roast and greenbeans. And the Rebel has sworn she is going vegetarian!!!. But hey at least the girls have become pro's at cooking hamburger now.
We only lost the filet mignon (they thawed first) Boo Hoo ( they are so good) and 4 quarts of meat didn't seal. So all in all it was a success. It did get me to thinking though... Why does this kind of stuff ALWAYS happen to me???
It must have something to do with the name...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
My Mr. just had to be a MURPHY! I really hate that stupid law! But I sure love the MAN! I guess you take the good with the bad! And hey if you ever need to know how to use a pressure canner I am your gal! Just ask