Friday, December 12, 2008

Preserving Next Year's Bounty: Is a FoodSaver on Your Holiday Wish List? Now's the Time to Buy!

These Freshly Picked Beans Are Now Enjoying a Frozen Slumber

The date on these packages of haricots verts gives me away—I've been meaning to write about freezing green beans (as well as the difference between two of my favorite varieties, Straight 'N' Narrow and Maxibel, both purchased year after year from Pinetree Garden Seeds) since back in July. But considering it's been five months, and that things seem to just keep getting busier rather than less hectic around here, I'll cut to the chase.

I'm a huge fan of freezing garden bounty.

I've found that many things freeze better when they've been vacuum sealed (which Joe and I refer to as 'suck sealing').

I've written before about how much I love my FoodSaver, and how I use it to seal up everything from summer squash to hunks of wild venison to spare chains for the chainsaw (keeps them from rusting). During trips to the big city I stock up on hunks of cheese at Trader Joe's (love that place), and if I vacuum seal them they literally last for months in the fridge.

Last spring I replaced our 20-year-old model with the FoodSaver V2840 Advanced Design Vacuum Food Sealer. I absolutely love it.

The list price on this model is $220.42, but right now it's selling at for $99.99 with no tax and free Super Saver shipping. (It's usually around $129.00.)

Your FoodSaver will probably pay for itself in no time.

You can buy ready-made bags, but I've found it's more economical to make my own custom bags using two different sized rolls of the FoodSaver bag material.

Hopefully one of these days I'll have a chance to tell you more about freezing beans. Until then, happy suck sealing!

Do you have a FoodSaver? What do you use it for?

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Holiday Giveaway:
Win A $100 Shopping Spree at Back 40 Books!

Art Is Life—And Beauty Can Be Found in the Simplest Things

Do you love books as much as I do? Then this is the contest for you!
Back 40 Books is a small Missouri company that's a big resource for anyone interested in a self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle, and they're giving away a $100 shopping spree to one lucky Farmgirl Fare reader. You'll find all the details in this post on Farmgirl Fare, my food and farm blog. But hurry—the contest ends Wednesday, December 10th. Have fun and good luck!

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