Spicy Black Bean Soup

The perfect soup to warm you up on cold days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dehydrated black beans
  • 4 slices of bacon cut into 1/2 inch squares (smoked bacon is best)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 large green chili chopped (or a small can of diced chilies)
  • 2 whole dried chipotle peppers
  • 1 cup of diced peppers (Bell peppers for no extra heat, otherwise you pick your mix, cooking will bring out the heat)
  • 6 cups pork or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinager
  • 1 can of canned black beans
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste.

Directions:

The night before, sort your dehydrated beans, make sure there are no stones or pods or stems from packaging. Hey, it happens.

Add enough water to cover your beans plus 3 to 4 inches extra water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to cut down on “belly gas” after eating. Let sit overnight.

  1. The next morning rinse your beans and put in a large crockpot.
  2. In a large frying pan cook your bacon until cooked but not crumbly.
  3. Remove bacon from pan.
  4. Add your onion, garlic, green chili and peppers to the bacon grease and saute until your onion is starting to become translucent.
  5. Add your bacon & vegetables to the crockpot.
  6. Add your diced tomato to the crockpot.
  7. Add your dehydrated chipotle peppers to the crockpot.
  8. Add your broth & red wine vinager to the crockpot & stir.
  9. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  10. Once the beans in your soup are soft, put your canned black beans in a bowl and mash them.
  11. Add the corn flour to the mashed beans and mash together until well mixed.
  12. Add the mashed beans and corn flour to your crockpot stirring so the mashed beans don’t clump creating little bean dumplings.
  13. Add in your seasonings: cumin, chili powder, black pepper and salt.
  14. Cook on low for another 30 minutes.

Serve with cornbread & enjoy.

This soup can be pressure canned for shelf safe future use. Pressure Can as you would for meats.

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay Rice

Sourdough Starter Noodles

Sourdough starter can be used in so many recipes, and when you are feeding a good batch to keep the maturity & yeast going, you start looking for even more ways!

This is an easy egg noodle recipe using your sourdough starter. It gives the noodles a lighter texture and a “sour cream” taste. That’s the best way I can explain that perfect yeast taste.

Sourdough Starter Noodles made with fresh ground wheat flour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup of mature sourdough starter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Pinch of salt.

Directions:

  1. Whip your egg yolk & egg until fluffy.
  2. Pour eggs into a large bowl.
  3. Add your sourdough starter & stir.
  4. Add your salt & stir.
  5. Add your flour 1/2 cup at a time. Stir until a little sticky.
  6. Coat with the olive oil.
  7. Cover with a towel & allow to swell for about 30 minutes in a warm location.
  8. Once they have sat for approximately 30 minutes, uncover the mixture and using some flour make into balls.
  9. Keep each ball coated with flour and place back into the bowl.
  10. Sprinkle flour on a clean surface and roll a ball into a thin “crust”.
  11. Slice into thin ribbons and set on a cookie sheet.
  12. Continue to your next ball.
  13. NOTE: I normally stop at 4 balls of dough in making the noodles. The remaining balls of dough I put in a freezer safe bag & freeze for the next time I need noodles.
  14. Set your oven on its lowest setting & place your cookie sheet in your oven with the door cracked until the noodles are dried.
  15. You can also use your dehydrator.
  16. Once dried, bag up & keep in the refrigerator or freezer until used fairly soon. These are not meant for long term storage
  17. To use, drop in boiling water or broth and cook like normal egg noodles.
Roll your dough into small fist size balls.
Place your noodles on a cookie sheet

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay Rice

Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion Jelly, or as a friend of mine calls it “Yard Lion Honey” is not your typical seasonal treat. While it is referred to as a jelly, its really much more the consistency of honey or agave syrup. This is the way it really is supposed to be.  Dandelion Jelly is a seasonal treat among Amish and Mennonite and truly lives up to the “Use what you have” standard.

My favorite way to use Dandelion Jelly is in tea to replace honey.  I also use it on breads and baked goods and with buttered biscuits or in grits.  Pretty much anything you think of using honey for, you can use Dandelion Jelly.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups of (packed) dandelion blooms separated from all greens.  This is the labor intensive part.
    • 1. Your blooms need to be fully opened and full of “fragrance”. The bigger the bloom the better.
    • 2.  NO SPRAYING OF ANYTHING.  Blooms must be from an all natural not bug spray, fertilizer spray, weed spray, etc.
    • 3. Blooms must be fresh and separate best within minutes after picking them.
    • 4. NO GREENS are to be left with the bloom “fluff” the greens will be bitter.

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  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 box of low sugar natural fruit pectin
  • Yellow food coloring

SUPPLIES:

  • A large pot for Jelly Making
  • 5 half-pint canning jars with rings and lids
  • Water bath canner
  • Candy thermometer
  • Fine strainer tiny, tiny, tiny holes!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. After perfectly shredding your dandelion blooms to a bowl of dandelion petals. Measure out 4 cups of petals.
  2. Boil all 4 cups of water  in your jelly pot.
    1. We are beginning the process of making your “tea”
  3. Once up to a boil measure ot 2 cups of petals and put directly into the boiling water, stir in.
  4. Let boil for about 5 minutes.  Take off the heat, then let steep for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. With your strainer over a large bowl, pour the water and dandelion petals through the strainer.  Press the dandelion mush to get all the water out.  The water will look “dirty” it’s supposed.  The Dandelion mush can go to your chickens, compost bin or garden.
  6. Put the water back into your Jelly pot and bring back to a boil.
  7. Repeat the process with the next 2 cups of petals.
    1. put petals directly into the boiling water, stir in.
    2. Let boil for about 5 minutes, Take off the heat, then let steep for 20 to 25 minutes.
    3. With your strainer over a large bowl, pour the water and dandelion petals through the strainer.  Press the dandelion mush to get all the water out.  The water will look “dirty” it’s supposed.
  8. Put 3 cups of water BACK into your Jelly Pot and bring to a boil.
    1. I personally use any extra tea to add to kombucha brewing or save for the next batch of dandelion jelly.
  9. Add in your 4 cups of sugar and the pectin and bring to a boil. (I actually use 2/3 of a cup of natural pectin which I get in bulk from an Amish store instead of using mass produced boxed pectin).
  10. Have your candy thermometer in your liquid.
  11. When your thermometer gets to 250 degrees F, start your timer for 7 minutes.
    1. If you start foaming (and you will) add a pat of real whole butter as with any jam to deaden the foam.
  12. Once your time is up, remove the liquid from the heat.
  13. Add in 2 to 3 drops of yellow food color to intensify the golden color (the more pollen in the blooms the brighter the color will be).

CANNING & PRESERVING

As with anything made in season, its nice to stock up during God’s bountiful season, so you will want to preserve for the months when dandelions no longer bloom in mass amounts.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare your water bath or steam canner as directed.
  2. This recipe makes 5 half-pints of jelly so sterilize and prepare 5 half-pints, I usually have 1 or 2 4 ounce jars “just in case” ready to go as well.
  3. Prepare your lids and make sure you have good fitting rings.
  4. While your canner is getting ready fill your jars with the jelly leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  5. Wipe down the rims of the jars with a wet warm towel.
  6. Place your rings on your jars.
  7. Tightly screw on the rings (not like Samson tight, but nice and tight).
  8. Once your canner is ready, place your jars in the canner.
  9. Water Bath or Steam Can for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from the canner and let rest for 24 hours.
  11. Hearing that wonderful “POP!” letting you know that the jar is sealed, should happen fairly soon after the jars leave their hot canner.
  12. Let your jars rest for 24 hours before storing in a cool place like your basement pantry.

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I hope you enjoy this new seasonal treat and it finds a regular spot in your home pantry.

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay Rice