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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A whole lot of Breakfast Burritos

I Love Breakfast Burritos! I have since my single days when McDonalds first started serving them and for me they were the best cure for a lat night out on the town. Now as a busy wife and mom they have become a great way to start the day for my busy family.

Today I kept track of how I make them.
Printable recipe

I used:
1 pound of breakfast sausage (I got mine at Aldi)
1 onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
18 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
American cheese slices 12-24 depending on how much cheese you like
24 10 inch flour tortillas

Using a large nonstick skillet Cook and finely crumble the sausage. Add the diced onion. cook for a few minutes till it starts to soften. Add the diced bell pepper cook until it begins to soften a bit.

Whisk eggs and milk together well. Add to the sausage mixture. Add shredded cheese and stir it all around. Add salt and pepper to taste, but go easy on the salt because the cheese will add saltiness. Cover and cook on low stirring occasionally to get nice fluffy eggs and a nice scramble.

When the eggs are cooked I let everything cool a bit. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to help them be soft and pliable. lay 1/2 to one whole slice of cheese on a tortilla closes to the edge toward you. Put 1/2 - 2/3 cup of egg mixture on top of cheese. Roll the tortilla starting with the edge closest to you by folding up from the bottom, fold over the left and right side then continue to roll. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in a zip top freezer bag. continue until all are rolled.

There are two ways to reheat your Burritos.
Quick method: unwrap and  microwave for 1 minute at half power. Warm a bit more if you need to.

Oven method: (My husband's personal favorite) Unwrap and place Burritos on a baking sheet. (for easier clean up lay down a sheet of Parchment paper or use your silpat mat. cover with your favorite cheese and bake at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes or until burritos are warmed through. if you do not like your cheese crispy bake for 25 minutes with out the cheese and only add the cheese at the end until it is melted.

Yield 20-24 burritos

I forgot to take production pictures because frankly I was super hungry and I just wanted to finish so I could sit down and eat some :)

Here is one bag of the finished product. (I have 3 bags total now that I am done)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Farm fresh Chickens...

I have been ordering roasting chickens from a local farm for about a year. They are a great value for pastured chickens. The family is great to work with and the chickens are well Delicious!

All that being said I'm glad it will be a few months (probably 6) before I will be able to get more. I still have 6 whole in the freezer from the batch I got in August and yesterday I picked up 8 from the last batch for the year. This batch I decided to cut up before freezing (I need the room in the freezer but more on that in a bit). I am getting much more proficient at cutting the chickens apart but it is still a bit of work. I finally finished cutting about 8:30 PM last night (picked them up at 4 and ate dinner somewhere in there too). Today I portioned all the pieces out and vacuum sealed them. I also de-boned the breasts and cut 4 into thinner fillets and coated them with crushed corn flakes and some seasonings and froze them so they will be already for a quick dinner.I thought about adding marinade to some of the chicken but could not make up my mind so I just went with plain for now.

I saved all the bones and Carcases and boiled them for broth / stock. I now have 5-6 quarts to freeze in smaller serving sizes. I will be working on that tomorrow.

I still need to do a bit more freezer organizing as I will have another beef Quarter coming in a week or so. Last year meat from the same farm took up a good 2 shelves in my 13 Cu/ Ft stand up freezer. Oh I forgot to mention I just got a beef 1/4 from the farm that I get my chickens from. At least theirs is a smaller breed (Scottish Highland) so it barely took up one shelf. Yummy steaks by the way!

Now what's for dinner tomorrow? No idea... LOL... but at least I have options again :)