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Seal-A-Meal
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

After years of wanting one, I finally got a Seal-A-Meal for Christmas.   It was a bargain - my husband found it on clearance at Walmart for around $50.  But when he got to the checkout, it rang up for $39...

Last night I got to test it out.

The only "gotcha" with the process is the cost of the bags.  I got two 20 foot rolls of bags at Walmart for $20 - kind of pricey for me, but I figure I can save enough on food to more than pay the difference.  But I'll be watching the thrift stores and outlets for cheap bags in the future.

On Monday, we stopped at Sam's to pick up a couple of items I needed and found that they had their fresh (never frozen) turkey's on sale for 58¢ a pound.  We picked up one that cost around $11.  I immediately took it home, seasoned it up and popped it into my electric roaster (another after Christmas  bargain purchase ($15) from a few years ago  that I absolutely love).  After it was done, I drained the excess liquid and took it, still in the roaster liner, out to the garage to cool overnight.  (When it is freezing outside, my garage stays at around 35 degrees so I use it a lot in the winter to keep food cold for short periods.) Then last night, we dismembered the turkey and SAM'ed it.  Since it is just the two of us, we put about 10 oz of meat (1/2 white, 1/2 dark) in each bag.  I think we have about 15 bags.

While I was at WM buying the bags, I stopped at the supermarket across the street where hamburger meat was on sale for $1.69 lb.  Got three large packages and divided it into 8oz. portions and froze that too. 

We'll be eating turkey & hamburger for quite a while...

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The Secret to The best Cinnamon Rolls
Sunday, February 28, 2010

For years i have struggled to make really good yeast bread.  I've tried recipe after recipe and it always came out bad.  Then a few weeks ago I stumbled onto a recipe for dinner rolls that had possibilities.  I made a batch but rather than using it for dinner rolls, I turned it into cinnamon rolls - and they turned out great.  Light, soft and tender with just the right taste.  I've made them three times now and I swear, everytime they are just a little better.  The secret?  Self-Rising flour!  Yep, along with the yeast, the recipe called for SRF.  While the rolls are easy to make (no real kneading), it takes a while, with rising and all.  But I'm posting the recipe on the site.  Enjoy!!!

Recipe:

Makes about 20 rolls

Mix 1 T (or 1 packet) yeast with 1T sugar and 2T room temp water in a small bowl and set aside
Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and set aside
Scald ½ cup milk
Place milk in medium bowl with ½ cup hot water and ¼ cup (or ½ stick) butter and 1/3 cup sugar.  Mix well and cool to lukewarm
Stir in yeast and egg
Add 3 cups SELF-RISING flour and mix with spoon (I don’t always use quite all the flour – it should be a heavy batter, not too stiff)
Cover and allow to rise for one hour at room temp
Stir dough to flatten

At this point, you can cover and refrigerate overnight.  If you do this, give the rolls an additional 15 minutes to rise the next day.

Either butter or spray with non-stick spray your hands and a 12x18” cutting board or you can roll out on counter and use flour
Dump dough onto board, knead a few times and using your fingers,  press the dough out to completely cover board.  The dough should be less than ½” thick


Sprinkle the following on the dough

¼ cup melted butter, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 or 2 T cinnamon, and ½ cup chopped pecans (adjust all of these to taste).  Pat slightly so the toppings will stick to dough.  Optional:  Drizzle with about ¼ cup honey

Roll the dough from the wide end and press closed.  Cut into 3/4” thick slices and place in sprayed 12X12” pan.  The rolls should barely NOT be touching.

Brush tops with melted butter.

Cover and let rise 45 minutes to 1 hour until about doubled in size

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

Bake for 15 minutes.  Keep an eye on them, they brown quickly.  If the tops brown too soon, cover with a sheet of foil until the rolls are done.

Glaze:  2 cups powdered sugar mixed with 2T HOT water, 2T cream, 1T melted butter and 1t vanilla.  Glaze as soon as the rolls come out of the oven.

 

 

 

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AnnieM (Contact)
Olathe, Kansas USA
About Me:

I've been a cheapskate just about all my life. In doing so I've learned to do just about everything. I can sew, paint, hang wallpaper, install tile and flooring, pull and replace toilets, sinks, garbage disposals and faucets. Remove and replace ceiling fixtures and fans, replace outlets and switches, I've installed windows (both on houses and on computers!), I can rehab almost anything from furniture (repair, reupholster and refinish) to computers (I built my husband a good laptop using three broken ones that I got for free)! I've taken cheap to a whole new level!

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