just the nuts and bolts

Karl has been anxious to make his old family recipe for Nuts and Bolts for awhile, and now that we have been cooking actual bacon, we had the necessary bacon grease on hand to do so.

Making nuts and bolts

Karl also had the realization that we could use the vintage roasting pan we were gifted a few years back. Our oven is fairly small, and this recipe makes a rather sizable quantity, so having a larger cooking vessel was necessary.

Making nuts and bolts

This recipe is slightly unusual (at least to me) in a few ways, one of which is that it measures the dry ingredients by weight, rather than cups. We don’t have a kitchen scale, but we do have a postal scale, so K relocated that to the kitchen temporarily.

Making nuts and bolts

He carefully weighed out all the cereal and pretzels, though he purposely doubled up on the cereal since he omitted the nuts (he doesn’t like them).

Making nuts and bolts

This looks like a LOT of snack mix to me! But I’m sure it will get eaten faster than I expect.
Making nuts and bolts

Here’s the bacon grease, lovingly saved in one of our recently acquired glass storage containers. It doesn’t look as gross as I would have guessed, as long as I don’t think about it too much.

Making nuts and bolts

Here he mixes that with the butter and spices, again making a slight change: no celery powder. Has anyone out there ever heard of celery powder? I could find celery salt, celery seed, and celery flakes, but no celery powder, even at the hoity market.

Making nuts and bolts

Set the roaster for 225. I just LOVE the look of this control panel. So simple, yet so elegant.

Making nuts and bolts

Mix it all together, and it’s ready to cook!
Making nuts and bolts

After a few hours, it was done. EXCEPT that we have to let it sit for a week or so before we can start in on it.

Making nuts and bolts

We have a few days left before Eating Day. Hopefully it turns out to be worth the anticipation!I used this along with my to get fit.

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4 thoughts on “just the nuts and bolts

  1. This sounds delicious, but I kept getting distracted by the awesomeness of that vintage roaster. 🙂 I’ll have to make some of this. My kids like Chex mix– I bet this is way better (and no weird preservatives!)

    • Isn’t it just awesome? Our built-in oven is really unpredictable, and we use a countertop oven for most things, but when we wanted to do Thanksgiving at our house, a kind family friend gifted us this roaster that they weren’t using anymore (Thanks, Susan and Don!). It is terrific! And I agree – I always feel better eating things that don’t have a lot of preservatives and other unknown ingredients in them.

  2. There is so much here to be fascinated by-the wonderfully laminated recipe card, the charming name, the curing process, but mostly that crazy roasting gadget!!! So it’s like a mini oven??
    It sounds delicious-like Chex Party Mix but bacon grease. And surely that makes it even more delicious!

    • The roaster is sort of like a mini-oven! We originally were gifted it for the purpose of cooking Thanksgiving turkey, which it does quite nicely. Now that Karl realized we could use it for this, I’m wondering what other uses we could put it to!

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