Monday, February 1, 2010

Caramels and Canteens

Canteen (just a weird name for a loose meat burger)

1 lb ground beef (you can use turkey too) salt and pepper beef bouillon Ground the beef and season to your taste with the salt and pepper and bouillon, you can change this up and add chopped onion, peppers, garlic, make it your own.
Serve on hamburger buns, rolls, biscuits, hot dog buns, you name it. Add pickles, lettuce tomotoes, cheese, all your regular favorites for a hamburger!
These are so easy, simple and fast and you just need a few items, and my kids Love them. (warning, they can be a bit messy with kids!)

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup white Corn Syrup
1/2lb butter (1 cup)
1/2 can evaporated milk (6 oz.)
1 more can evaporated milk to pour in while boiling

Combine first 4 ingredients on medium heat to boiling, add full can of evaporated milk while boiling, drizzle it slowly so boiling doesn't stop.
Cook to solid ball 235. Add 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour into buttered dish and let cool, cut into squares and wrap eash piece with wax.

Just a few tips: this recipe takes patience, it takes about 20-30 minutes for it to reach solid ball stage, keep on medium heat or it will boil over, you don't have to stir it constantly but every couple of minutes so it doesn't burn, you can tell when it is done when the butter is seperated from the caramel, also by doing a cold water test, if you pour a little caramel into a bowl of cold water and it stays together and you can form it into a ball then it is done.
After you have poured it into a dish, put in the fridge for a couple hours or over night, then let it warm a little and then cut into pieces. You can also undercook this and use for caramel topping for desserts, cook for about 15 minutes.


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