Tony is on his way home for his first "home time" since starting out as a solo.
He just finished the food that I sent out with him a month ago. I love it that I can send some home-packed love out with him. It is so nice knowing that he doesn't have to depend upon truckstops for food.
One of the ways I send food out with him is by vacuum sealing it.
Looks like space food, doesn't it?
These are just cubes of ham and turkey with either hot pickled okra or some banana peppers mixed with some spicier pickled peppers and carrots.
All he has to do is cut them open with scissors and dump them into a small container for the day. I also do cheese cubes as well as a great bunch of veggies - broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and jicama. They all lasted well over 3 weeks - he ran out before they lost their home-packed goodness. I'll send more this time.
I do some other things in the vacuum sealer, this is just all I have done so far this time.
I am not one to spend much time on my soapbox, I figure it is up to each of us to collect information and make the best decisions possible.
There are so many factors involved -
good unbiased information
equipment and tools
For a lot of us, time is probably the factor in the shortest supply.
That is why Tony and I have made this life changing decision for ourselves. We finally had enough money to meet monthly obligations (with a small cushion), we had access to good quality healthy food on a regular basis for the first time in 20'ish years, and we were willing to invest (and it is most certainly an investment in our future) in good equipment and tools.
Now that I am here full time, we have made the time.
Meet the newest investment in our health . . .
Here is where I step up on my soapbox and tell you that if you only do one thing this year to change the way you eat, I believe it should be to grind your own hamburger.
In 2008, 143,000,000 (One Hundred and Forty-Three MILLION) pounds of hamburger was recalled (article here). In September of 2009, almost 23,000 pounds of ground beef was recalled here. On October 31, 2009, the CDC said there were ONLY 26 people sick enough to talk about in 11 states due to suspected contamination with E. coli O157:H7 - this resulted in the recall of 500,000 pounds of ground beef.
And just one of the more recent examples - 432 TONS of ground beef was recalled in January 2010 due to the same E.coli contamination from a plant in California.
This was all information gained in my very clumsy internet search that lasted all of 3 minutes to find - I could not make myself search deeper or I would never be able to eat again.
In my first effort, I went to the grocery store and stood there eyeing the beef case. I don't buy much meat to begin with, so I'm really pretty clueless in this department. I did remember that one of the ways I had seen ground beef described was "ground chuck", so I started looking for packages with the word "chuck" on them.
Came up with these packages AND . . . they were on sale! SWEET
The directions for the grinder said to cut the meat up into 1" cubes. This is a "home" grinder after all - anything larger wouldn't work it's way through the auger and out the cutting plate (don't I sound smart with my new "grinder" jargon?!?...).