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Notes for October 2017: Apples are in season now, as are figs,  and Fall raspberries are in season now. Tomatoes are going strong, although the crop is way diminished in rainy areas like the southeast.  Both early apples, like Gala, and mid season like Delicious and Honeycrisp are in season!

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

Next year, don't miss an Easter Egg Hunt for your children: See our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

And of course you can find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Christmas tree farms, on our related websites.

 

We also have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong, please write me!

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Vacuum Food Sealers

Ordering Vacuum Food Sealers, Food Savers

One of the best ways to preserve food is freezing.  Freezing keeps the flavor and texture better than any other method available to home cooks.  However, freezer burn, the dehydration of frozen foods causes a lot of waste.  The best way to prevent it and make your frozen foods last longer and taste better, is to remove as much air as possible, and to use thick plastic containers.  Vacuum food sealers, like the FoodSaver brand do this, and I've been using them for over 25 years.

Here are a variety of food sealers, at the best prices I could find. Scroll down this page for photos, descriptions, prices and ordering information. See this page for Canners (all types).

Everything can be shipped by a variety of methods, including overnight, if you have a canning emergency!

For more information, and NO obligation to buy, just click on the links in the Amazon boxes on the left!

 

Food Sealers for Home Freezing

FoodSaver V2244 Advanced Design Vacuum Sealer, Black

by FoodSaver

4.0 out of 5 stars

This model foodsaver is entry level, works great, but it is less automatic that the following models. 

FoodSaver V2244

 

FoodSaver V2840 Advanced Design

This one is the least expensive of the Food Saver models that has all the advamced features, like automatic bag detection and sealing, which makes it faster and easier to seal.  And yes, you can seal and freeze foods with liquids (just freeze the unsealed bag in the freezer overnight, THEN seal it!)

FoodSaver V2840 Advanced Design

About $135

Features

  • Home vacuum-packaging system vacuums, seals,
    and shuts off automatically
  • Upright vacuum-sealing appliance
    with SmartSeal technology keeps food fresh longer
  • Push-button operation; built-in roll storage and
    cutter; automatic liquid detection
  • Crush-free instant seal; 2 vacuum speeds;
    2 seal levels; progress lights; integrated bag opener
  • Marinate and canister modes; includes 3 quart-size bags,
    2 gallon-size bags, and a roll of bag material
  • Measures approximately 6 by 18-8/9 by 10-2/5 inches;
  • 1-year limited warranty

FoodSaver FreshSaver FSFRSH0051 Handheld Vacuum Sealing System

FoodSaver FreshSaver FSFRSH0051 Handheld Vacuum Sealing System

This is their low-priced version.  Better suited toward re-usable storage, such as in the fridge, when you will be getting into the bag and resealing it. It's new and looks like it will be priced under $20.

Features

  • Rechargeable handheld vacuum appliance for use with specially designed zipper bags and deli tray
  • Great for everyday use
  • One-touch operation vacuums airtight with the press of a button
  • Easy clean nozzle catches overflow liquids and is dishwasher safe
  • Handheld device can be conveniently stored in a drawer for easy access, includes 2 medium zipper bags

 

FoodSaver FSFRBZ0026 1-Quart Zipper Bag, 34-Pack

SC Johnson #70055 Ziploc Vacuum Pump/Bags

Ziploc Vacuum Pump & Bags, For Vacuum Storage To Keep Frozen Food Fresh Longer & Prevent Freezer Burn, Bags Have Built-In Valve For Removing Air, Seal Food In Bag With Zipper, Place Pump Over Valve & Remove Excess Air With A Few Pumps, No Batteries, Contains One Pump & 3 Quart Vacuum Bags, Easy To Use, Dishwasher Safe.

Blake: I really like this one.  I use it for shirt term storage in both the fridge and freezer.  I put a half an avocado in 3 days ago, and the cut surface of the avocado is still bright green!  I still like my FoodSaver better for long term freezer storage, but this is perfect for short term because the bags are reuseable and resealable!

Ziploc Vacuum Pump Refill Bags, Quart Size, 12 Count

Ziploc Vacuum Pump Refill Bags, Quart Size, 12 Count

12 Count, Ziploc Quart Vacuum Refill Bags, Bags For Use With Ziploc Vacuum MFG #70055, Zipper Seal With Built-In Valve.

You can also get them a local big box type stores (including <gasp> the mart that sells walls!  But, this online price is even better! Reynolds food sealer vacuum handi vac

Reynolds Handi Vac Starter Kit

UPDATE: It appears as this one has been discontinued!

Contrasted with the FoodSaver models is the Reynolds Handi-Vac which is very inexpensive, usually under $20. I haven't tested it yet, but it gets rave reviews. (Click on the Amazon box at left for more information, to read the reviews, or to order). It works with ordinary zip-loc type bags.

 

FoodSaver V2460 Advanced Design Vacuum Food Sealer

FoodSaver V2460 Advanced Design Vacuum Food Sealer

  • Vacuum sealer with flat touchpad control panel keeps food fresh longer
  • Hands-free operation; built-in bag-roll storage with cutter; easy-lock latch
  • 2 speed settings; 2 sealing levels; CrushFree Instant Seal; accessory port
  • Includes 11-inch-wide bag roll, 3 quart-size bags, 2 gallon-size bags, and accessory hose
  • Measures approximately 13-4/5 by 18-2/7 by 6 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Keep Food Fresh up to Five Times Longer

Various models with options, range from about $55 to $145 

 

(click links at left for current price or more information)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FoodSaver Rolls and Bags

FoodSaver Quick Marinator 2-1/4-Quart Square Canister (Colors will vary)

FoodSaver Quick Marinator Canister is the perfect shape and size for marinating fish, poultry, and vegetables. Vacuum packaging opens the pores of food, allowing marinades to penetrate deeper and more quickly, cutting the marinating time of your favorite recipes. FoodSaver Rectangular Canisters work with all FoodSaver appliances that have an Accessory Port.

Features

  • 2-1/4-quart square canister with vacuum-sealing lid
  • ade of durable polycarbonate plastic with clear sides
  • Perfect for storing leftovers, keeping desserts fresh, and marinating food
  • Works with all FoodSaver appliances that have an accessory port
  • easures approximately 9-1/2 by 4 by 9-1/4 inches

 

 

Quart and gallon sized bags

Features

  • 5-Ply construction provides barrier to oxygen and moisture
  • Proven to help prevent freezer burn
  • Can be used in the freezer or refrigerator
  • Microwavable, boilable and dishwasher safe

 

FoodSaver 3-Piece Canister Set

Features

Three storage canisters for FoodSaver machines with accessory port, such as:
Tilia 00-1400-01 FoodSaver Vac 550 Kit Vacuum Sealing System
Tilia 00-1700-00 FoodSaver Vac1050 Kit
Tilia 00-0312-01 FoodSaver Professional II Vacuum Sealing Kit
3/4-quart, 1-1/2-quart, and 2-1/2-quart plastic canisters

 

Canning Jars

Canning jars delivered to your doorstep and guaranteed! Any size you need. , From quarts on the left, pints in the middle, to 8 ounce jars on the right. Click on the links below

Quilted Canning jars: 4 oz glass jars

 

 

 

8 oz canning jars shown below:

Quilted 4 oz jars below:

Books

Canning books

Canning & Preserving for Dummies
by Karen Ward
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The New Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving

The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes Paperback – May 31, 2016

This is THE book on canning!  My grandmother used this book when I was a child.  It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc.  If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)

Click here for more information from Amazon.com about the
Ball Blue Book of Preserving

 


 

Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving

by United States Dept. of Agriculture

Practical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more. Also includes scores of simply written recipes that even beginners can handle (smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, more. It's the second book to get, after the Ball Guide. Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)
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