Yes, I’m still here.
Last week was a bit nutty. Cuatro and I hit the road to New York and then Atlanta for some media meetings and then to speak on a panel. Turns out traveling with a crawling baby means you have approximately 13.5 minutes over 4 days to open your computer to work. And write blog posts. And share recipes. So needless to say, nothing got done.
I was however able to accomplish quite a bit last Monday, in my scurry to get out of town. I had hoped to share it last week, but here I am…sharing it now.
I’m working with Food Saver on a recipe for the holidays and they asked me to chat with a local farmer about the benefits of buying local and the convenience of freezing extras. On my Monday morning errands, I stopped by to chat with Bobby Jo of Cross O Ranch in Fredricksburg.
Apologies for the sideways shot here. I tried 4 times to turn it the right direction before giving up. It’s upright on my computer, but loads onto the site sideways. But you get the picture. Sorry for any neck strain incurred while looking at it! 😉
He’s been a farmer for his entire life and I really enjoyed getting to know him better and learn more about what ticks and doesn’t tick for a farmer on the “farmer’s market tour.” His genuine love for life and for gardening and for running cattle was quite contagious. He gave me the start to finish run down on his grass-fed beef business and why his prices might seem higher, but they are really lower for what you get. (He prices out the cost of the meat alone, and not the hanging weight of the beef before it is processed. If your beef source is charging you for the hanging weight, you are not getting the value you think you are…wouldn’t hurt to ask next time you buy beef direct from a farmer!)
While he doesn’t have a website (he still only has dial-up at his farm!), he does have an extensive email list to share specials and upcoming events with his customers. (He’s also a ‘chuckwagon cook’ and does events around town!) I’ve got my order placed and will pick it up next week…and when I do…I’ll be vacuum sealing it up!
Our family loves ground beef, stew beef and roasts…so that’s what I’ve requested. I’m looking forward to a delicious melt in your mouth, grass fed beef roast for Sunday supper in the next couple weeks.
SOOOOO…while I wait for my beef to be ready for me, I thought I’d get started with my new Food Saver with the chicken we grilled up last Sunday. We ended up doing a batch grilling session, as I wanted to get a couple packages grilled and then frozen in slices and bite size pieces.
I documented the process with my iPhone. I was a bit frightened at first…but it’s really a simple process for just sealing up the food for the freezer. The directions come right on the underside of the baggie roll lid. And goes like this…
Seal off one end.
Add the food.
Vacuum-then seal the other end.
Bam. Chicken ready for the freezer, to be enjoyed later this week or next on top of my salads at lunch. I also sealed up some bite size pieces to use up in pasta or a quick “dump and warm” chicken taco soup.
In addition to getting the chicken into the freezer, I also pulled together a few easy meals for Steve to make while I was out of town.
- Made sauce for spaghetti
- Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
So next time I make a Costco run or plan other one of my “20 Meals for $150” lists, I’ll be sealing up the “one dish dinners” on the list with my new Food Saver!
Do you have a Food Saver? What do you love about it?
Disclosure: I’m working with Food Saver on their fall holiday recipe program. Experience and opinions are my own. And I wish I’d started using a Food Saver long ago.