If you hate the idea of eating whatever you manage to put together in the kitchen as I do, then you’re going to be screwed if the Waffle House Index is RED: meaning its restaurants have closed due to severe damage after a disaster. And, while I can eat a can of cold ravioli if I have to, it’s not something I want to do long term. So I started a recipe collection.
Recipes are sets of instructions for preparing a particular dish
Modern recipes will usually consist of several components with exact instructions, something many recipes in the past did not include because most people knew how to cook and could read between the lines.
The name of the recipe
A list of ingredients and quantity to be used in the order of use
Step by step instructions
Amount of time needed to prepare
Temperature and bake time if necessary
Below is a recipe for Ketchup
Everything tastes better with ketchup, right!
Old Fashioned Ketchup Recipe
48 medium tomatoes (8 lbs.), peeled
2 ripe red peppers, chopped
2 sweet green peppers, chopped
4 onions, chopped
3 cup white vinegar
3 cup sugar
3 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoon cloves
1 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoon allspice
3 tablespoon ground dry mustard
1/2 tablespoon hot red peppers
Boil tomatoes, peppers and onions until tender. Run through sieve or strainer. Add remaining ingredients. Boil until thick and pour into jars.
Water Bath Canning: Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes for pints and 40 minutes for quarts.
Pressure Canning: Process the jars for 30 minutes for pint jars and 35 minutes for quarts, at a pressure of 10 to 11 pounds.
I hope this ketchup recipe serves you well if you ever need to cover up the taste of something you made.
I encourage you to start your own recipe collection today.
A good recipe will be worth its weight in gold during a collapse because your 25 years worth of freeze dried food is going to get old after about a month.
As always, this is just my opinion.