But I decided that maybe I could, just possibly, freeze some fresh vegetables for next winter. I had a vision. My freezer would be packed with bags of colorful, fresh vegetables and I would take out a couple and whip up some homemade vegetable soup and some fresh bread and some homemade peach cobbler and then I would go down and chop some logs for the fire and possibly skin a bear so we could have a rug to sit on in the front of the fire.
OK, maybe just the vegetables thing.
Being the inveterate librarian I am, I started with research and found this web site. And it didn't look that hard. So, Tom and I went to the Farmer's Market and bought 5 pounds of green beans, along with tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and peaches. And, can I just say? Is there a smell better than the smell of sun-warmed peaches? We walked by that booth and HAD to buy some. If they could just bottle that smell, someone would make a kazillion dollars.
So, here's what I started with. Five pounds of green beans.
It sure looked like a lot less once I got them cleaned and ready to blanch. And, are you suitably impressed that I used the word "blanch"? I know I am.
Green beans blanching. Which I guess. Actually just means boil. For a short time.
I popped them in ice water.
I put them in individual freezer bags in about one pound portions, which is right for the two of us. And I froze them.
I'll give you an update on how they taste after I cook up a mess of 'em. But I bet they'll taste pretty good. Especially if we eat them in front of that fire sitting on that bear skin rug.