San Luis Sausage Newsletter
Ah, March is finally here! This time of year conjures thoughts of warmer, longer days, with the spring equinox just days away. That means it’s time to start thinking about trading in the big winter jackets and boots for sweaters and sandals. It’s also time to start thinking about spring-cleaning! In this month’s newsletter we give you tips for spring-cleaning and green cleaning, as well as a delicious recipe for corned beef and cabbage to get you in the mood. And to top it off, we are introducing a new sausage! So sit back, take a break, and enjoy the new March issue of our newsletter.
Introducing our New Cooked Sunrise Chicken Apple Sausage
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
One 4-5 pound corned beef plus enclosed spice packet
1 large onion, sliced
4-5 large carrots, peeled and cut into halves
1 small head green cabbage, cut into thick wedges
Have a slow cooker ready. Line the bottom with the sliced onions. Place the corned beef brisket on top of the onions, fat side up. Sprinkle the spice packet evenly over the top. Add enough water to come up 1-inch. (Don’t add too much, or it will have too much liquid at the end.) Place lid on top of slow cooker and set to HIGH for 4-5 hours, or LOW for 8-10 hours.
If you are cooking it on HIGH, add the carrots after THREE hours. Place lid back on top and continue cooking. Add the cabbage during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
If you are cooking on LOW, add carrots after SIX hours. Place lid back on top and continue cooking. Add the cabbage during the last 60 minutes of cooking time.
The corned beef will be done when it is very tender and easily shreds with a fork. The veggies should be tender, but not mushy. Remove everything from the slow cooker. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and remove the layer of fat on top. Slice the corned beef on an angle against the grain of the meat. Transfer to a large platter and arrange the vegetables along the side. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.
Unbelievably Awesome ideas for leftover Corned Beef...
- Corned beef and cabbage soup
- Corned beef sliders with spicy mustard
- Irish nachos
- Corned beef hash, and egg sandwich
- Reuben Dip
- Colcannon (Irish style mashed potatoes) YUM!
Spring is almost here, get your clean on
Spring is just around the corner, and you have several options for how to celebrate. You can visit the Botanical Garden and see all the new blossoms, you can start batting practice so you don't embarrass yourself when your Alumni baseball team plays your arch rivals, or you can clean your house. Personally, we'd opt for either of the first two, but we are responsible and conscientious at San Luis Sausages, so we're going to clean the house. If you decide to do the same, here are some tips to help you do a great job.
Let's get to the most important thing first. Clean out the freezer. You know there are things in there from 2011. Even if you could remember what they were, you probably don't want to eat them. This will provide space for lots of San Luis Sausages.
Here are a few other things that most people forget to clean.
• Your mattress. Vacuum both sides. Get rid of dust mites, those invisible little critters that inhabit our bedding. Don't think about that too much. You can also find sprays that will kill them. Be merciless!
• Doorknobs, hand railings, and light switches. Everybody touches them a hundred times every day. We'd guess a giga-zillion germs live there.
• The underside of area rugs: You may vacuum regularly, but the back of the rug is always neglected. Flip it and give it a good once-over. You might find some pennies while you're at it.
• Salt & Pepper shakers: These are known to be among the dirtiest items in the home. You touch them while cooking and eating. You're guaranteed to leave something sticky behind. Sticky attracts all sorts of things, none of which you want to sprinkle on your food.
• The TV Remote: This item gathers dirt big time. Anything electronic attracts dust. TV snacking just adds to the problem. Clean that thing!
This could be a very long list, but we'll leave the rest to your imagination. Just remember any past episode of CSI and you'll know where to look for hidden dirt.
DIY Green Cleaning Products
These are only a very few of the many Green Cleaning products that you can make from simple ingredients you may already have in your cabinets. And guess what? They really do work!
- All-Purpose Cleaner
9 parts water
1 part white vinegar
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and clean away!
For particularly nasty messes, such as a countertop after you've handled raw meat on it, squirt straight white vinegar on the surface, and follow with a squirt of hydrogen peroxide to knock out virtually all germs. (Remember to do a spot test first to make certain the surface doesn't discolor or otherwise react.)
- Oven Cleaner
2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon natural dish liquid
1 teaspoon borax
Mix the ingredients, spray on a spill, let sit for 20 minutes, and wipe off with a clean cloth. For handling an extra-greasy mess, wipe off as much loose goop as possible with crumpled newspaper first, then use the spray.
- All-Natural Air Freshener
It's ironic, but most air fresheners, because they're full of allergy- and asthma-inducing chemicals, actually worsen air quality. Sure, setting out a bowl of white vinegar is a go-to method for natural odor removal, but here's a recipe with a little added zip.
Several orange peels
2 cinnamon sticks
Pot of water
To get rid of tough kitchen odors, bring the pot of water to a boil with the orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks, and leave it simmering on the stove for a while.