Well however you look at it, today is 07/07/07, and I froze homemade meatballs today so I'll know just how long they've been there when I pull them out :)
Update: I guess I should put the recipe up :)
Aunty Bub's Meatballs
Oh so good, a combination of my Aunt's recipe and my Mom's. A delicious appetizer made with mini meatballs. You can skip the homemade meatballs (Recipe by my Mom) and go straight for storebought frozen meatballs but I really love Mom's recipe. Leftover meatballs go into the freezer for another night's supper.
4 slices bread
1 1/2 cups milk
2-3 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons Italiano Spice (Made by Clubhouse, but any mixed spice will do)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 lbs ground beef
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Sauce: (I don't really measure so keep tasting until it tastes sort of sweet and spicy. The amounts are very flexible depending on how many meatballs you are going to put in.)
1-2 bottles Heinz Chili Sauce
1/2-1 cup grape jelly (I use Welch's Concorde)
In a large bowl soak bread in milk until soggy. Add beef, salt, Italiano spice, garlic powder, eggs and pepper. Mix well, use your hands or an electric mixture.
Shape into 1 inch balls (I use a small cookie scoop) and place on cookie sheet with sides or broiler pan. Dampen your hands with water often so the balls roll easier. Put them close together because they shrink. Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes. Drain off excess fat. In a large saucepan combine chili sauce and grape jelly. Heat until mixed. Add meatballs and simmer until sauce is soaked into them, about 1/2 to one hour. I place them in a crockpot to keep warm.
I made about 70 yesterday and then another 70 at 6:00 this morning for the cattle round-up today, along with 12 loaves of bread, and numerous other things.