Freezing Fresh Corn

We LOVE fresh corn off the cob in our house. If you’ve eaten fresh corn, you know there is simply no comparison to the store-bought, canned version. I recently got 30 ears of corn on the cob and this is how I process it for freezer storage.

1. My husbeast had the brilliant idea that we use the turkey fryer pot and propane stand to blanch my corn with, instead of doing it in the kitchen where it tends to heat up the house. We filled the pot about 2/3’s full of water and filled the ice-cooler about half full and dumped in one bag of ice.

corn12. Once the water started boiling, I (carefully) dropped in about 10 ears of corn and set my timer for 6 minutes.

corn23. When 6 minutes was up, I took each one out and dropped it into the cooler of ice-water. Let it sit in the there for no longer than the amount of time you blanched. So in this case, that would be 5-6 minutes. (this is done to stop the cooking process.) Now add more corn to the boiling water and start timing for another 6 minutes. It’s easy to get a rhythm going with moving the corn to the bath, adding more to the pot. Taking corn out of the bath to the table, moving from the pot to the bath. So on and so on … lol

corn34. When they are done in their ice-bath, take them out and lay them down on a towel or rack for drying. You can pat them dry if you want to.

corntowel5. When it’s dry, load it up and go into the house where it’s nice and cool!

corn4 6. Now it’s time to remove it from the cob and fill your bags. I use my foodsaver, but regular FREEZER bags works just as well. I measured out 3.5 cups for each bag as that seems to be a good amount for the 3 of us. (Husbeast, myself and a teen daughter)

corn57. I got about 27 cups of corn. (six 3.5 cup bags and two 3 cup bags) That’s about 13 pints or slightly over 1.5 gallons.

corn6Place them in your freezer and enjoy!

 

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My Coupon Binder

It has taken me nearly a week to get my coupon binder organized. Being a Libra means I have FAR too many choices to sort through and I end going back and forth on things until I FINALLY find my way to something that I am totally happy with. 🙂 I started out by working up a Table of Contents using categories that I knew I would understand and remember. I also tried to organize them in the way that I would come across things in the store. For example; if i”m going to buy a box of hotpockets for the Husbeast for lunch, I know I can check to see if I have a coupon by going to the category Grocery and then the tab marked Frozen. If I am buying razors, I can flip to the category Personal Care and then the tab marked Shaving. So far, it’s working out wonderfully for me.

Here’s what my binder looks like:

The Cover. I got this from pinterest. There are literally TONS of FREE coupon printables. I may change this to something more personal later on.

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This is my Ad Match sheet where I log a stores ad price for something I want to ad match at walmart. I also carry each stores ad in the back of my binder. Ad matching is a great way to save money not only on a product you buy, but also in gas because you don’t have to drive to lots of different stores.

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This is the printout from CouponMom.com for any free or drastically cheap products that I want to take advantage of. It’s super simple to refer to this list when at the appropriate store, look for the item, if they have it, pull your coupon and move on. lol.

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Tabel Of Contents for each of my categories

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The Grocery section is the largest in my binder, but having it broken down into so many smaller sections makes finding a coupon nearly brainless.

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This is how the coupons look in each of their sections. Each coupon (or set if more than one of the same) goes into one of the slots in a baseball card sheet. I use the front and back of each pocket. I try to place them with the expiration date showing so that it makes it easy to pull the expired ones when needed.

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Each category is easy to find and flip to.

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Personal Care

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Pharmacy. It’s great to be able to see if I have a coupon for anything I need in the pharmacy. If you don’t buy these items very often, it’s easy to forget that you have $1.00 coupons for vitamines or cough drops.

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Cheap Chicken Taco night

So this is where catching the rotisserie chickens on sale for $2.50 pays off. And if you’ve been good about couponing and using your food saver, you may already have some of these ingredientschickentacos and then your total dinner cost is even lower. (already having the refried beans, chicken taco seasoning mix and extra shredded cheese stored in the freezer)

Here’s how to put it together:

  • 1 shredded and thawed rotisserie chicken  (2.50)
  • 1 package chicken taco seasoning mix (.63)
  • 1 can refried beans (1.00 full price .80 couponing)
  • a few fresh tomatoes (1.00)
  • 1 red onion (.74 ibotta cash back for .25, ttl: .49)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (1.78)
  • green onion (free because you grow them in your kitchen window!)
  • corn tortillas (1.88)
  • lettuce head (1.43 or free if you chop up salad leftovers from the night before)
  • 1 bag shredded cheese (2.00)

Total: $10.21

Directions:

1. Break up your thawed chicken and add about a tablespoon of water and dump in the seasoning mix. Toss by hand and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Take out and toss and make sure it’s heated through. If not, heat it again for another minute or so. Once it’s hot, place it in a covered dish for serving. Add a bit more water if it looks or feels too dry. It should be moist.

2. Chop the tomatoes, half the red onion, about 3-4 green onions and a small amount of cilantro into a bowl. The amounts really just depend on what you like, so just eye-ball it. You can also just purchase already made pico de gallo in the produce section of walmart for $3.00.

3. Heat beans in a sauce pan until heated throughout.

4. Heat a griddle or flat pan on the stove, brush with cooking oil and fry corn tortillas until hot and slightly crispy. Place in a covered dish or tortilla warmer.

5. Chop some lettuce and serve!

* When you buy a bundle of green onions at the store, if you don’t end up using all of them, and as long as there is still some green parts left; place them in a jar of water near a window. They will regrow all on their own and you can keep cutting more off as they grow. You’ll get SEVERAL growths out of them, depending on how quickly you use them up. greenonions

Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

We love breakfast burritos for dinner on occasion, but I am always at a loss with the leftover rotel and velveeta mix. We eat all of the scrambled eggs and sausage and I do use the small block of rotelchicken
velveeta and only one small can of rotel, but it’s still just more than what we can use. So I went looking on the good old internet and found a GREAT way to use up that leftover cheesy goodness! And, this is so delicious, you could make IT the dinner and use the leftovers for the breakfast burritos! lol

Ingredients:

  • 1 small can or rotel original
  • 1 small box of velveeta cheese
  • chicken from one rotisserie (or equal amount of other cooked chicken)
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • spaghetti noodles
  • diced fresh tomato and green onion

Directions:

Get the spaghetti noodles cooking –

If you are using the leftover velveeta and rotel mix, dump into a pan and add the can of cream of mushroom soup and heat through. If it’s too thick for you, you can add a bit of milk to make it more of a sauce. If you aren’t using leftovers, then just stir and heat together the rotel (undrained), velveeta (cubed) and the cream of mushroom soup. Now add the chicken and heat everything up until it’s nice and hot. When the  noodles are finished, serve everything as you would for traditional spaghetti. I served it with fresh diced tomatoes and chives. I made my own garlic butter spread using my home-butter and garlic powder mixed together and spread on to two halves of a loaf of french bread.

* tip: Every time I go to the grocery store, I check the deli for rotisserie chickens that have been marked down. The regular price is usually $5-6 and only $2.50-3 after they are marked down. I buy as many as I can and debone them and freeze the meat in quart baggies. It’s so easy to just thaw one or two when needed. I use them in SO many recipes. 

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Open Faced Italian Sandwich with Three Cheese Tortellini Salad

This is a favorite around our house. The hot italian sandwich pairs perfectly with the chilled tortellini salad. The seasoned meat mixture makes enough to fill an entire french loaf, or you can freeze half of it for a later date. Both of the recipes can be found in the menu to the right. My daughter even suggested that this could be made with a red sauce or even in the spirit of pizza. The possibilites are numerous! 🙂

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Served with Tortellini Salad

Served with Tortellini Salad

Basic White Bread

I bought myself a bread machine earlier in the year and I’ve had great success with it, but I’ve only used the boxed bread from krusteaz. The one where all you do is add water, dump in the box,bread5
make a well for the yeast and hit start. It’s super easy and tastes great. However, I didn’t have any on hand today and so I decided to try making the bread from actual ingredients. lol. I found this recipe on the internet and read all of the comments and made the recommended changes. I can’t say enough great things about this recipe! It was perfect and just as easy as the pre-boxed stuff. And, I think it actually tasted better – my Husbeast ate it up and there was nothing left after serving it with dinner. So if you’re stuck thinking INSIDE the box, give this a try … you wont be disappointed!

Here’s what I did: (full recipe in menu on the right)

1. Get your ingredients together. (The recipe can be found on the menu to the right)

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2. Add the water (must be 110*), sugar and yeast to the bread machine pan. And let the yeast foam (activate) for 10 minutes.

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3. Now add in the vegetable oil, flour and salt and chose your settings.

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4. After the bread machine alerts you that it’s finished, remove the pan and then the bread. Make sure your knead bars came out. If not, your bread machine may have come with a special little tool for digging them out of the bottom of the loaf. This is the first loaf I’ve ever made, that I did NOT have to dig out either of the knead bars! (I got excited about that. lol)

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5. Let the bread cool for just a few minutes and then slice and enjoy! See my how to on making your own home-made butter to go along with your delicious bread!

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How I make Home-Made Butter.

I finally tried my hand at making my own butter. I have to say, it was so much easier than I thought it would be and the results are amazing! My husbeast really liked the final product and thatbutter7
made me very happy! lol. All you need is some heavy whipping cream, kitchenaid mixer and some time. For the ‘how to’, complete with step-by-step photos, click HERE or navigate to the Home-Made Butter page using the menu on the right side of this page. 🙂