Enjoying all the simple pleasures in life...family, friends, ice cream, and chocolate!
Friday, September 12, 2008
One of my Favorite Things
Have I ever mentioned how much I *LOVE* my Food Saver???
It's right up there with my Dyson and my Cuisinart blender and my food processor. Right up there with my stoneware and my cast-iron skillets. It's almost as high on my "Things I Can't Do Without" list as my new Nikon, but not quite. And that is purely because anytime I use my Food Saver, I usually have a mess to clean up....not so with my Nikon!!! The Nikon is pure fun!! But I digress...
I got my Food Saver for Christmas last year. I think it was last year. Maybe the year before...oh well, I guess I can't remember for sure. Anyway, I was so excited, because I'd been wanting to start preserving the wonderful bounty from our garden, and canning was a little intimidating for me. (Still is, actually. There's something about all that boiling water and hot jars that sets a perfect scenario for burning my hands or fingers...and that, folks, is no good for a massage therapist such as myself!) The Food Saver is awesome because the food you freeze doesn't get freezer burn. It stays so fresh, and for so much longer!! You can even use it to keep all of your produce fresher for longer! You know that lettuce and celery that always gets limp in the crisper drawer? Not if you use your Food Saver on it!! Berries, nuts? That's right, just use the Food Saver! Everything stays fresh longer!
So anyway, we immediately put that thing to use, processing Barry's deer. And then it was chicken and pork chops that I bought on major sale. I buy them in Family Packs when they've been marked down and then split them up in smaller portions and run 'em through the Food Saver. I never buy beef at the store, because we buy a quarter of a cow every year, so the freezer is already full of that. I used it to freeze strawberries, zucchini bread, cookies, muffins, soup, zucchini slices, green beans, and now today...sweet corn! Every year I say I'm going to go buy a couple dozen ears of sweet corn and freeze it. And every year I don't get around to it. WELL NOT THIS YEAR!!!! I bought 2 dozen ears on Wednesday, and started blanching, cutting, and freezing today. It worked out so well, I think I'll be heading back to the farmer's market this weekend for a 2-3 more dozen! And you know what else??? While at the farmer's market, I picked up a bag of fresh peaches (upon recommendation from my sweet friend Amy), and they are SOOOOOO tasty!! I think I will freeze some of them too!! Wow, am I on a roll or what? Our big freezer is almost full!!! Good thing summer is almost over and the garden is pretty much dead...
Do you can/freeze/preserve??? What are your favorites or specialties?? Just curious...maybe next year I'll finally take on canning! Bring on the Mason jars!!
P.S. Does anyone else get as excited about food as I do ??? Anyone???? Hel-looooo, anyone out there?
I'm a thirty-something mother of two, wife to one (haha), trying to live a simpler life in the log home my hubby built just for us. I've been called a tree-hugging granola cruncher by some of my friends, but I'm really not. I'm just trying to appreciate all the simple joys life has to offer...my rugged and handy hubby, my silly kids, good friends, great food, lots of fun, and of course, ICE CREAM & CHOCOLATE ! I love to laugh, so my day is not complete until I've made time to watch something funny before bed...mainly The Office! Come and spend the day with me... we'll have a great time, I promise!