Started by Hoofer, June 04, 2021, 01:49:37 AM
Quote from: Solar on June 06, 2021, 08:19:55 AMDon't forget silica gel if it has any excess moisture just from a humid day while sealing, could cause spoilage.We use both.
Quote from: Hoofer on June 06, 2021, 08:56:42 AMYeah, we ran out, got 5 gram packets on order. Still have a 7.5lb jug on hand (orange indicating), but like a dummy, didn't get around to ordering the baggies. Those are coming too. It's pretty dry in the house... not as dry as I'd like it for this! We also ran out of 1 PT size bags, got those ordered as well.If we're figuring right, we should have 10yrs on any of this pasta, and even more on the rice.Also been adding those canned and prepackage Tuna & Fish to the pantry for variety.My favorite still... Corn Beef Hash from Aldi... low on the greasy stuff, and it makes a great breakfast with an egg on it, for less than $2. the price per can rose from $1.29 to $1.69 - missed out on that price increase!We can't say enough GREAT things about this Weston Pro-2300 vacuum sealer. Years of struggling with those other units, this thing is big, solid & does the job in about 20-30 seconds, sucking & sealing better than anything we've had before (3 of them, name brand units). We have Wifey's family showing up in a week, staying for 1 1/2 weeks, so any food prep - into the freezer, vacuumed packed first. I did up 5lbs of beef with 3lbs of mild pork breakfast sausage & Taco seasoning, into bags, and with all the air out, laid them nice and flat in the freezer. When it comes time for a QUICK lunch, we got a 8x10" bag, about 1/2" thick that'll thaw FAST, drain the excess grease off and we're good to go. The 1/2 slow cooking time - already done. If they don't get ate, it'll keep a long time, without freezer burn.Wifey want's me to pick up Dried Beans - though we seldom eat them, takes too long to cook, IMO.I need to find Dry Milk - that doesn't taste like chalk. Not that we'd be drinking it, but mixing it in with other things, like making cheese sauce (which we DO enjoy a lot of).
Quote from: Solar on June 06, 2021, 09:05:57 AMYears ago I called the company to order a bunch of silica gel, they were out, but she did tell me, if I had a bunch of used bags, to put them in the oven on low and they would dry out and work just like new.
Quote from: walkstall on June 06, 2021, 09:35:21 AMIF you have Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot you can cook dry beans.
Quote from: Hoofer on June 06, 2021, 10:25:12 AMWe have both, 4 Pressure Cookers and an Instant Pot (still in the box), we prefer GAS appliances.Any recommendations on DRY BEANS, varieties... is appreciated. I think I've experienced all the "chalk" varieties...It's like RICE. Always had "Long Grain White Rice". Someone said, "ever try Jasmine Rice, it tastes pretty good by comparison. We're hooked on Jasmine Rice now.
Quote from: dickfoster on June 06, 2021, 09:56:41 AMYou can cook dried beans on the stove top or a slow cooker too.
Quote from: walkstall on June 06, 2021, 03:07:11 PMYep! But it will take well a lot more time.
Quote from: Solar on June 06, 2021, 11:17:18 AMNothing beats Calif wild rice for flavor and nutrition. The guy and his family have been harvesting it for decades.Wish I could remember their name, but you can search it out.