Friday, April 3, 2009

Food Storage Friday: Chicken Gumbo

Our resident FHE specialist, Tiffany, is here doing a special food storage Friday guest post.

Ingredients: Spices, chicken broth, summer sausage, spaghetti sauce, canned corn, & canned chicken.
So there is chili powder pictured in this picture but we will NOT be using chili powder... I just love chili powder so much that my subconscious put it in the picture....sorry.

Spices: paprika, dry mustard (not pictured), dried basil, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme leaves, dried oregano, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper.

Dump the spaghetti sauce in a pot or crock pot (which ever you prefer... if cooking in crock pot cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-6 hours. I have used both the crock pot and a regular pot and they both turn out the same.)

Next dump all the spices into the spaghetti sauce, stir.

and the corn.

Summer sausage is a great food storage item because you don't have to refrigerate it. I got really excited when I found turkey summer sausage. I don't eat any beef or pork so finding turkey summer sausage was like the find of the century for me.... but you can use beef or turkey whichever you and your family prefer.

Cut the summer sausage into cubes and remember to discard the outer paper.
You can add the summer sausage two ways: #1 just cut the summer sausage up and throw it in the pot or crock pot. #2 (which I like best) is to cook it some more in a pan. I add just a tiny big of oil and let the edges get brown. I like the little crunch that it gives to the sausage.
Then dump it into the pot as well.

then the canned chicken....

Bring the gumbo to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 20-40 minutes. The longer it is simmered the thicker the gumbo gets. If you let it get to thick just add water to thin it out again.

Serve gumbo over rice. You can also add a 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice to the pot as it is cooking if you would prefer.

Tiffany's note **I know there are a lot of spices that go into this recipe. If you prefer not to store all these spices in your 3 month supply you can do what I like to do. I save my empty spice containers, I then combine all the spices for one recipe into the empty spice container and label. Now you have all the spices for this recipe or any others that you would like, all together and you just have to dump it in.

Chicken Gumbo

1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
12-14 oz summer sausage, slice and cooked if desired
1 can (26 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 can (15 oz) chicken
1 can (11 oz) canned corn, drained
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked rice or enough for your family

Dump all ingredients expect rice into a pot or crock pot. Bring gumbo to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer gumbo for 20-40 minutes until flavors are infused. If gumbo gets too thick add a little water to thin it out.

Pour over rice (or you can put the rice into the gumbo if you would like), and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your food storage recipe posts. I've been broadening my 60-day menu list by adapting some of the recipes you post. Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

This recipe sounds great! I keep almost all the spices mentioned on hand. I didn't realize Hickory Farms sausage could be stored without refrigeration. I'm definitely going to have to check them out.:) What is the shelf life of this product?

Thanks you so much for sharing,

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious and so flavorful! You may enjoy these easy preparedness recipes, too: http://tinyurl.com/c9eta7

Anonymous said...

At least by Canadian standards, Hickory Farms Turkey sausage MUST be refrigerated! Beef Summer Sausage is the only one that is shelf stable for about 6 months

Tiffany -- the mommy said...

My package for the Hickory Farms Turkey sausage had eight months till the expiration date, they were not in a refrigerated section in the store where I bought it and the packaging had no instructions about being refrigerated. So according to the packaging of this specific product, it lasts and doesn't need to be refrigerated.
I did purchase my Turkey Summer Sausage in the United States so other countries might have different standards. That I am not sure about. Hope this helps...

Tiffany -- the mommy said...

P.S. I e-mailed Hickory Farms regarding this product and we should hear from them soon!

Anonymous said...

I've never thought to make gumbo with summer sausage. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

Shreela said...

Tiffany -- the mommy did you hear back about how long summer sausage lasts?

Hubby bought some on a whim recently, just because he loves it. Then I started thinking about how much more we like it than Spam, but after checking the Best Buy date on the package, it didn't seem like that good of a deal for storage. I think the ones I looked at expired in a few months. I'd use them for hurricane preps if they lasted six months, then bring it out of hiding in October (yes, I have to hide many canned meats from hubby, except Spam LOL).

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