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Did something a bit different...ground beef this time but I threw first browned some oxtail, removed then added back in and cooked for ~4-6 hours before fridge overnight. Also made my own chili powder by toasting anchos and guajillos, de-seeding then blending into a powder.

Box mix Zatarans cornbread, added a can of corn, sour cream, diced pickled jalapenos, and some cheese. Yum.

Go Browns!

 
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Since everyone is in love with chili, I wanted to pass along what I did this week.

Instead of a 28 ounce can of tomatoes, I used 6 roma tomatoes that I baked then peeled the skins off, along with a 6 ounce can of tomato paste and an 8 ounce can of pineapple juice.

I know pineapple juice is a natural meat tenderizer, and I had thrown more heat in than usual so I wanted some sweetness. At first it was still too spicy for my kids, so I threw in some fresh corn. In the future I might do a can of pineapple chunks.

It was insanely good after cooking all night. the pineapple was sweet and broke everything down. Will be doing it again.
 

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At the store, raspberries and strawberries were $.88 a container, so I bought a bunch and thought, "Why not make a pie?"

I've never made a fruit pie before, but it didn't seem that difficult. I followed a recipe and made a pie wth both berries. I used premade crust because I wasn't sure which ingredients I had at home and which I didn't. I even made the lattice stip top.

The pie tasted great. However, it did not hold its shape at all, so it became a big delicious mess after I cut the piece out. I'd describe it as too juicy if that's a thing. How do you avoid that?
 

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At the store, raspberries and strawberries were $.88 a container, so I bought a bunch and thought, "Why not make a pie?"

I've never made a fruit pie before, but it didn't seem that difficult. I followed a recipe and made a pie wth both berries. I used premade crust because I wasn't sure which ingredients I had at home and which I didn't. I even made the lattice stip top.

The pie tasted great. However, it did not hold its shape at all, so it became a big delicious mess after I cut the piece out. I'd describe it as too juicy if that's a thing. How do you avoid that?
My wife is the pie maker, but I'm pretty sure she boils the filling down with plenty of sugar and some corn starch. Good for you trying to do it! I'm more of a meat and ricotta calzone baker.
 

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The pie tasted great. However, it did not hold its shape at all, so it became a big delicious mess after I cut the piece out. I'd describe it as too juicy if that's a thing. How do you avoid that?
Did you let it cool completely or at least a good bit? Generally anything "soupy" needs to sit after being baked for a good amount of time for it to set up.

Anybody have good/unique recommendations for homemade freezer meals? Wife is due in less than two weeks so I'm going to get a chest freezer and spend the weekend making a bunch of meals and freeze them.
 

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Did you let it cool completely or at least a good bit? Generally anything "soupy" needs to sit after being baked for a good amount of time for it to set up.

Anybody have good/unique recommendations for homemade freezer meals? Wife is due in less than two weeks so I'm going to get a chest freezer and spend the weekend making a bunch of meals and freeze them.
I think it had more to do with not enough flour or thickener in the mixture. The recipe called for tapioca. I have since learned that there is a tapioca flour and that a couple of tablespoons of the pudding is not a suitable replacement item. I'm an idiot.
 

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Did you let it cool completely or at least a good bit? Generally anything "soupy" needs to sit after being baked for a good amount of time for it to set up.

Anybody have good/unique recommendations for homemade freezer meals? Wife is due in less than two weeks so I'm going to get a chest freezer and spend the weekend making a bunch of meals and freeze them.
With my first son, I made five gallons of bone broth and froze most of it. I could then whip up quick soups with fresh produce. It was an okay plan.

I made so much lasagna I was pissed off at it when I was expecting my second son. I always believed lasagna is better when reheated. Pretty much anything submerged in a sauce is great frozen and then reheated.

Good luck, the next two weeks will move at a snail's pace, but life will be a blur once you child is born.
 

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Yeah, just made a lasagna last week that I poked at throughout the week. Would just stick a fork in it and eat a bite cold. I'm weird like that. Also fat.

My problem is going to be wanting to make everything homemade and getting overwhelmed and also spending a shit-ton of money because I can be too pretentious to not buy san marzano tomatoes and real parmegiano reggiano etc etc. I think this time it's going to be jars of Mid's :chuckle:
 

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Yeah, just made a lasagna last week that I poked at throughout the week. Would just stick a fork in it and eat a bite cold. I'm weird like that. Also fat.

My problem is going to be wanting to make everything homemade and getting overwhelmed and also spending a shit-ton of money because I can be too pretentious to not buy san marzano tomatoes and real parmegiano reggiano etc etc. I think this time it's going to be jars of Mid's :chuckle:
Not fat, sympathy weight or Dad Bod in training. Good Luck and Well wishes until and after the little one is born.
 

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Not fat, sympathy weight or Dad Bod in training. Good Luck and Well wishes until and after the little one is born.
Quite the opposite actually but thanks for the well-wishes. For more info see my other topic I just made :chuckle:

Edited to add, just bought a ton of stuff to meal prep, and ironically after talking about lasagna cheese, that is the one thing I forgot.
 
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  • gravy packet
  • stuffing mix
  • mashed potatoes
  • frozen green beans
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Fried onions
  • 2L Coke
  • $9.98 off a Butterball turkey or turkey breast.
I bought a turkey, the soup, and the pop. The rest was sold out.

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Having typed all that out, I've never made a turkey before. It will be baked in the oven. Any tips?
 

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Turkey tips/recipes?
This will be done in the oven.
Is it an actual turkey or a boneless turkey loaf? No shame in the loaf game, BTW. It's all meat and pretty delicious.

Buy that flavor injection thingy or brine the bird. There's a bunch of ways to make a brine, but salt, sugar, complimentary herbs and lemon are key. Then, cover the bird all the way in a bucket of brine for at least 12 hours.
 

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Is it an actual turkey or a boneless turkey loaf? No shame in the loaf game, BTW. It's all meat and pretty delicious.

Buy that flavor injection thingy or brine the bird. There's a bunch of ways to make a brine, but salt, sugar, complimentary herbs and lemon are key. Then, cover the bird all the way in a bucket of brine for at least 12 hours.
It a full butterball that I got for free. I don't know if being a butterball means anything different than any other turkey, but that's what it is.
 

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