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    EASY Freezing For My Summer Garden

    As of today, my garden has rendered a great harvest, more than enough for my husband and I.  I have been doing research and I am trying several methods to “preserve” my summer harvest. All fruits and vegetables have enzymes and bacteria that can destroy the nutrients, change the color and texture of the food.  Blanching is a heat treatment that will destroy these enzymes. My first harvest I tried the blanch then freeze method. Although not difficult, it did take most of an evening to complete the process for all my squash and peppers.  Do not allow the vegetables to sit on the counter more than 24 hours before…

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    Free Proper Protein Temperature Chart

    Ok, my memory is not what it used to be. Last night, I am grilling chicken breast and could not remember the proper cook temperature – uggg.  So, I decided to make a user friendly chart for me and my fellow home cooks. [table id=1 /] The best way to test for doneness is using a reliable instant read thermometer.  I highly recommend ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen (Red) Professional Thermocouple Cooking Thermometer The thermapen is reliable and gives an accurate temperature reading in less than 3 seconds.  I own 3 of these.  One of which we use during barbecue competitions, Smokin J’s Barbeque.  You might think the Thermapen is expensive, however, it…