Sunday

Garage Engineering: Recipe for Your U-cycled Outdoor Canning Kitchen




Problem:

An electric stove that won't safely hold my large heavy pressure canner filled with water and full canning jars without breaking.

A home with no central air in a town that gets to 115 in the summer. Canning inside is HOT.


Solution: A totally husband designed, engineered and built upcycled outdoor canning kitchen. In short, my husband rocks!



Ingredients:


  • Old bar-b-que that's been sitting on the side of the house for two years waiting to be dumped. 
  • Two top burner made of bed-rails purchased from the flea market (brand new never used, came with a new propane hose. 
  • Hose clamps, bolts, lock washers, two angle steel rails (from Home Depot)
  • Small bit of leftover black spray paint

Directions:

  1. Clean and gut and spray paint the bar-be-que, we left just the frame. The top will be used for another project. 
  2. Bolt in angle rails as an additional top frame. 
  3. Bolt burner to the new top angle rails. 
  4. Drill a hole in the side frame to thread through the propane hose. 
  5. Use the propane tank and regulator from the bar-be-que and run the new hose through and attach to the regulator. 
  6. Fire up and go!

(I know these are sparse directions, email if you have any questions on what we used or how we did it! afrugallife@yahoo.com)


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Monday

Make Your Own Trail Mix

Last week I realized that I was spending far too much on unhealthy snacks while at work. The only store near my work is a gourmet grocery store and when I get hungry at work I tend to wander off their and buy ridiculously overpriced snacks. 

So this weekend I said enough is enough and spent about 30 minutes making up 50 snack size bags of homemade trail mix. It was so easy and each back is a perfectly portioned bag of my favorite mix of goodies. 

First I ran off to big lots and spent $13 total on the following items:


Ingredients

Sesame Sticks
Dry Roasted Edamame
Pumpkin Seeds
Almonds
Craisins



Then I pulled out the muffin tin and portioned out an equal amount of each item into the cups. 


After the first round of cups I discovered it wasn't hard, but it was kind of messy to remove them from the cups and put them in the snack bags. So the second round I popped in a paper cupcake liner, once full you just pick up the liner and pour in the bag, then put the liner back and fill again. 

So $13 worth of ingredients got me 50 bags of snacks. This would have cost me over $50 in individually sized packages at the gourmet food store near my work. Not bad for 30 minutes worth of bagging snacks!


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