Monday, January 18, 2016

Crockpot Activity

Over the weekend, I checked my stash of crockpot meals in my old but faithful upright freezer. It's very lean on that score. Oh, I do have other stuff in there. And from that other stuff I will make more crockpot meals.

I started yesterday with a big old pot of 3-Bean Side Dish - a while back I had picked up a bag each of red beans, white beans and black beans, and soaked them overnight. I had them put them up in 2-lb containers in the freezer. I grabbed 2 of those and defrosted them. Then yesterday I tossed them into the crockpot along with one can of petite diced tomatoes, one can of Rotel (original), a tablespoon of cumin, and 3 chopped carrots. I cooked them into loving softness. Then I divided it into serving containers of 2/3 cup per container, labeled and froze them.

The other day I ran into a wild deal at Albertsons when I was picking up some really cheap blueberries. Right next to them, they had an in-store special of one-pound bags of whole fresh cranberries for just fifty-cents each! I am so sorry now that I didn't pick up more than the two bags I bought.

Anyhow, I rinsed them, and tomorrow I plan to toss them in the crockpot and simmer them, along with one or two diced apples and a couple of diced pears. That way I won't have to add sugars or honey or sweetener of any kind - the apple and pear sweetness should offset the tartness of the cranberries. When it is nice and saucy, I'll divide it into containers and I'll have a sort of home made cranberry sauce or relish or whatever. I can add it to anything. Can't wait to try and taste this.

Oh, I do love crockpot cooking...I do, I do!