This weekend the Parent Bloggers blogpast is sponsored by Yoplait. The topic is things we as moms can't live without. You know, those things that make our lives easier and more efficient. I am sure that I have a list as long as my arm of things I would prefer to not live without but there are a few that make the short list. At the top of the list for me is my foodsaver. I can visit those big warehouse stores and buy large quantities or stock up on veggies that I can freeze in the summer without anything going to waste. I used the foodsaver this last week for corn. We purchased 60 ears of corn from a farmer for $10. I then blanched, iced, dried and froze them. When they were frozen I packed them in meal sized amounts for my family and sealed them. Now in January we can have almost fresh corn on the cob without freezer burn when we miss it so much.
We do this with all kinds of things. Homemade burritos, meatballs, shredded cheese, lunch meat, or leftover meat from turkeys. I also buy meat when it on sale such as chicken breasts, make a marinade then freeze it and the meat together for meals later when we are busy. This little contraption makes my life a lot easier and allows us to eat at home a lot more when we are busy and just feel like picking something up fast in town. Now that is valuable.