This week’s Preparedness Pro In Your Kitchen recipe recreates a comforting soup that I’ve used and loved for a long time, adapts it to convenient shelf-stable foods, and also cuts down the fat dramatically—as I used to make it with whipping cream and half-and-half.  It’s a simple, comfortable and easy dish to serve for your family or even for special company.  Enjoy it with some crusty bread or some warm corn tortillas.

If you’ve got the fresh herbs or vegetables on hand, this is also great with about a cup of small, diced jicama and topped with some fresh cilantro. I grown my own cilantro year round and the jicama that I purchase stays good in my cellar for months and months. I LOVE to eat it freshly cut or deep fried. If you haven’t tried jicama yet, I encourage you to do so. It has a crisp, sweet, moist taste and it great as the base of a cole slaw, or a taco topping as well.

You can easily dump all of these ingredients into a stock pot and cook it in your solar oven with no stirring necessary, (about 1 hour at 180 degrees or more) or you can cook all of the items together–except for the Shirley J Universal Sauce— for about 7 minutes in your pressure cooker on high heat; do a quick release of the pressure, and then add the Universal Sauce mixture once you’ve combined all of the other flavors.  The chowder will thicken quickly with the pressure cooker method without you needing to continue cooking it.

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

1 pound of cooked, shredded chicken (I used my canned chicken that I’ve done myself)

5 ½ cups plus 1 cup of water

1 teaspoon of Shirley J chicken bouillon (if using another brand, you’ll need to add more in order to get the same depth of flavor, about 1 T., and draw back on the amount of salt you use.)

2 T. freeze-dried or dehydrated chopped/minced onions

1 heaping T. of minced garlic

1 cup of freeze-dried sweet corn

1 ½ cup of freeze-dried diced potatoes

1 T. of cumin (or less, according to your palate)

1 cup of Shirley J Universal Sauce

1 small cans of diced, green chilis

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pan, bring the shredded chicken to a simmer in the 5 1/2 cups of water, onion, garlic, and the chicken bouillon for approximately 10 minutes. Add the corn, potatoes, cumin, and the entire can of green chilies and allow to simmer another 5 to 10 minutes. While that mixture is cooking, combine 1 cup of the Shirley J Universal Sauce with 1 cup of water in a separate bowl. Whisk with a fork until smooth, then add it to your simmering mixture.  Continue simmering and stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until thickened.  Add desired amount of salt and pepper and serve.

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Audrey · April 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I am trying to figure out how to use freeze dried foods. How do you know how much water to add to reconstitute them?

    Kellene · April 19, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Well, in this case, you just have to follow the recipe, as in all of the other recipes I post. In other instances, it all depends on what you’re planning on using the specific freeze-dried food for. In general terms, all I do is put enough water to just barely cover the freeze-dried food, and let it sit til it’s soaked it all.

Randy · April 19, 2010 at 9:09 am

My wife and I really appreciate the recipes. This is definitely “how too” stuff we can use.

    Kellene · April 20, 2010 at 2:53 am

    let me know how they work out for you…it’s almost as good as me cooking it for you myself. 🙂

Jen · April 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Hi there, Kellene ~ I noticed several days (weeks?) ago that you mentioned you can your own butter. Would you be willing to write a little on that subject? I’ve contacted Ball Blue Book, and their response is that they don’t recommend it. (Won’t say why, of course!)

Many thanks for all you do!

    Kellene · April 20, 2010 at 2:54 am

    there is at least one article here. search for bottled butter…

Debi · September 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

I hope some day you will publish/post a book of your recipes and advice on canning them. I’m a rookie at this and need all the help I can get!

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