Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden

penny x stamm (
Sat, 29 Jul 2000 23:47:32 -0400

Donna, I'll let George describe the vacuum machine. I have one, but 
have never used it -- guess I'm wasting a very good resource....  but
I saw the miracles of preservation which a friend of mine 
experienced, just by using that vacuum..

I never used to have any trouble with freezing raspberries in a dry
condition. I would collect them as they became available from the 
garden, and pop them into a freezer container (we do NOT spray them).
When I was ready to make jam, they thawed beautifully.  

After you froze your blackberries on a cookie sheet, did you quickly 
move them into a freezer-weight ziplock bag, or a square freezer
container...? Speed is essential,so they don't start to thaw. With a
ziplock bag, it's easy to press out of excess air. With a square
freezer container which is not full, I usually stuff the empty top with 
crumpled wax paper to eliminate the air. 

Penny, NY

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