It isn't that any of what I did was hard, it was all super easy. It just took a bit of time. There is supposed to be a vegetable shortage this year, so the price of vegetables are predicted to go way up. Before, I would have looked at a 25 lb. bag of carrots for $9.00 and thought, we'll never use those up! And I wouldn't have bought them, even though they were really cheap. I am now trying to figure out how to preserve vegetables without waiting for the summer harvest and driving out to the farm. I want to do this on my terms. Like always.
One three pound bag of broccoli florets from Costco cost me around $4.00 last week. I decided to blanch and freeze them, and see how much that would give me:
Second, put a quart sized Ziplock Freezer bag in a bowl to help steady the bag. Fill the bag up with the hot broccoli. Man, look at those tongs! I guess I should use a bit of Stain Bully on them too.
That big bag gave me four little bags. I let them cool off for a bit, and then sealed them, squeezing the air out as I went. If I wasn't out of gallon-sized Ziplocks, I would have placed the smaller bags inside of the gallon bag. But I think they will be just fine this way too.
Remember those carrots from last week ... the 12.5 pounds that I dehydrated? I showed them to you the other day, but this is how they turned out:
Well, this morning I decided to go ahead and slice and freeze the other 12.5 lbs of carrots that were leftover:
I did everything the same as I did with the broccoli ... steamed, packed and then put everything into the freezer:
I don't know about you, but I think that these look much yummier than the dehydrated ones do. They do take up more room though.
As I was doing the veggi thing, and keeping my printing project going, I was melting the wax from our old candles and filling up jam jars with the wax. I still don't have any wicks, but it is easy enough to melt these back down and stick wicks into them:
Here is the link to a post I did last April about the ins-and-outs of this little project: Melting and Re-Using Candle Wax
Have a wonderful day, and God bless!
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