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peconic
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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: evandnic]
      #1003387 - 05/05/09 05:50 PM (173.70.202.81)

ev,
also consider getting one of those vaccuum baggers...
Great for sealing cooked food for freezing...
and food can be nuked (vent first) or boiled right in the bag...

You can get a Black & Decker for around $20+ or spend up to $260 or so for a high end FoodSaver...
If we were to get one I'd probably go with this model FoodSaver for $80 as we wouldn't use it on a daily basis...

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: peconic]
      #1003398 - 05/05/09 06:24 PM (68.84.247.247)

Brian, I am on my second Food Saver and they are worth their weight in gold! I vacuum pack just about everything!

Annie


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peconic
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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: annie]
      #1003400 - 05/05/09 06:31 PM (173.70.202.81)

annie, That's perfect for you now, as you are now cooking for one most times! I'm sure you get a lot of use out of it!

I have a friend who has a side job, during hunting season...
He butchers deer for people in his garage where he has a full butcher shop set up...
For some extra $$$ he will vaccuum pack all the meat for his clients...
He has an industrial model he bought from a seafood packer...

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: peconic]
      #1003422 - 05/05/09 07:26 PM (68.84.247.247)

Brian, I do get a lot of use out of it! I love soup and make a variety of them and I have some 2 cup square Rubbermaid containers that hold just enough soup for my lunch. So I freeze the soup in them and when frozen pop the soup out and vacuum pack. Have about 30 packs of soup in the freezer now.

A full butcher shop in his garage! Wow! That must be something. My father used to bring a lot of game home with him many, many moons ago!

Annie


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: annie]
      #1003424 - 05/05/09 07:31 PM (173.70.202.81)

He does 500-700 deer at about $150 each a year...
has a couple of guys (butchers from local supermarkets) that work with him...
Nice income supplement! and a cash business to boot...

Sorry for the HiJack! This isn't helping ev... back to the original topic now!

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: judyinnc]
      #1003433 - 05/05/09 07:45 PM (71.163.33.229)

Judy,

I feel like a medical mishap (3rd major surgery in the last 6 years)- I'm trying to stay below the radar so I don't become the source of "gossip". 45 years old and a partial knee replacement. Good Lord. What a mess I am!


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: peconic]
      #1003436 - 05/05/09 07:47 PM (71.163.33.229)

Hey guys,

Just hearing all the great ideas and all the support means the world to me. Thanks for caring to post. You should see me now just grinning at the monitor!


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: evandnic]
      #1003438 - 05/05/09 07:53 PM (68.247.168.14)

Sounds like you are ready to go through a very rough patch. Our thoughts are with you !

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1003554 - 05/06/09 08:04 AM (70.160.104.74)

Don't forget the rotisserie chickens at your local supermarket, I am sure you could freeze a whole one or he can stop in and quickly grab one on the way home. As far as boiling things in a ziploc bag, I don't do the cooking in plastic thing, I feel it is one of the reasons children today have so many allergies and so much asthma. Leave the plastic out of the heat! You could also pick up a honey baked ham or a spiral sliced ham (which you would have to cook yourself) at the store and cut it up and freeze it so it is available for a few meals and for sandwiches. There is nothing wrong with subs for dinner a few times either. You can always mix things up and have breakfast for dinner, nothing wrong with pancakes and eggs in the evening and simple to cook. Good luck with your surgery and don't sweat your kids eating, if they are hungry they will find something to eat and a couple weeks of mom out of commission won't kill them. Burgers and hot dogs on the grill are easy too and perhaps the kids can even help with that.

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: SarahJane]
      #1003599 - 05/06/09 09:56 AM (98.109.126.174)

Spiral Ham... Good Idea! cook according to directions, remove from the bone, and freeze in small portions!
It does freeze well...
we just bought two spiral hams (on sale), smoked in applewood, for $1.29/lb... 12-13 lbs. each... at A&P...
Great in a scalloped potato casserole...

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