Friday, July 9, 2010

Break out the Food Saver

On Thurs, I met a friend of a friend and picked up some more canning jars.  I have enough cucumbers to make another batch of pickles.  Yesterday, I opened a jar of zucchini relish and had it on my turkey burger - It was delicious! I don't know what I was expecting, but this relish was very tasty. I topped if off with my bread and butter pickles that also were very tasty.

Man can not live on pickles alone and in fact, the kids don't like pickles.  So it was time to break out the Food Saver and start to vacuum pack some vegetables.

The first to be preserved was the leeks and the food saver manual said that onions were not a good candidate for vacuum sealing.  So I just chopped them, washed them and put them in a ziplock bag.  The leeks will probably be mushy when defrosted but that doesn't matter if they are used in soup.

Leeks, ready for the bag

Green beans were next.  Blanch in boiling water for 2 min, then transfer to ice water.  Dry, then put in bag and seal

Sealing Process

Ready for the freezer

Next up was zucchini.  I grated it in the food processor and since it's a moist vegetable, it needs to be frozen first before being sealed.  So the zucchini was spread out on a cookie sheet and frozen. Then transfer to bag and seal

This weekend, I will try to seal carrots because there are a TON ready to be pulled.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Stacey! What type of food saver do you have, and are you happy with it? Not ready for one quite yet, but will be soon and would like ideas.