Friday, September 14, 2012

canning a chili base

I was sent some samples of Mrs. Wages seasoning packets to try out and use while I can tomatoes.  As I've mentioned before, canning with a new baby in the house has proven to be a bit of a time issue, but with the help of these great seasoning packets I'm able to wake up early and knock out a few jars before MacchiOTTo wakes up.  Of course by the time her day starts I'm exhausted, but I keep reminding myself that some early canning mornings now, will pay off with more playtime this winter when I take my jars off the shelf to use for a quick dinner.
To start with I clean my tomatoes, boil them in water, them place them in cold water to help remove the skins.  I also take out the seeds and use my food processor to puree the meat of the tomatoes to a smooth consistency.  Then I simply add the Mrs. Wages seasoning packet along with 2 T. of sugar and bring to a boil.
Simply follow the directions on the side of the bag and simmer away.  It tells you how many tomatoes to use and gives you options to freeze the base instead of canning or you could use it right away.  (Also, if you don't have fresh tomatoes, no worry, you can also use canned tomatoes.)  So many options makes these seasoning packets very flexible to your own needs and abilities.
Then process your pint sized jars in a hot water bath for 40 minutes.
Later this winter all you will have to add is some browned hamburger and beans or maybe some onions, and you'll have a quick and easy chili dinner.  I was very pleased with the taste of this chili base as it wasn't too hot so you could easily add more chili powder to suit your taste if need be.  But over all I thought it had a warm and homey taste to it and we look forward to opening these jars come cold weather.
Please note Mrs. Wages did provide me with free product samples to try, but the thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Love Mrs. Wages mix. They make my life a whole lot easier. The salsa is yummy too!! I don't even remove the seeds...I guess maybe I'm too lazy like that.;0)