7.02.2012

Freezer Files #2.


MOTHER HEN IS BACK AT IT WITH HER FREEZER FILES. IVE BEEN BEGGING HER TO DO THIS SERIES. I KNOW IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME FOR HER TO SIT DOWN AND WRITE OUT WHAT SHE DOES TO FREEZE FRESH FOODS AND OTHER BIZZAR STUFF! SO THANK YOU MOTHER HEN! LETS FREEZE AWAY....

You may have thought I had writers ‘freeze’ lol, yeah I know very bad, but have been a busy Mother Hen. I had to take a vacation to Cabo, and then celebrate Fancy Chicken’s wedding, and then rest, and well you get the picture never a dull moment. Most recently, not to be disloyal to my freezer, Spicy Chicken helped me home can 68 quarts of green beans. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH.

I learned just recently my freezing fettish may possibly be a genetic quirk. My son, Little Peep, is running an experiment with freezing fresh red beets. Hhhmmmm I never gave that one a thought.

So how about this beautiful summer color of rich golden yellow. Why you are asking is this significant? I have been seeing yellow, wearing yellow, smelling yellow for most of the day today. What on earth am I talking about? Well today is July 1, and what do we wait so not patiently for – fresh corn on the cob. Aaaahhhhhaaa yes indeed. When it’s ready it’s ready weather you are ready or not.

Let me help you visualize this. Thankfully I did not have any participation in the growing of this crop, that’s a whole another story, but the arrival of 12 dozen ears of corn will get and keep your attention. First all ears must be shucked, which allows you to have the sticky sweetness on your hands, arms, legs, and face. Also, this releases a special scent which calls every fly in a 30 mile radius to come feast on the goodness. They are mostly interested in the sweetness that you are wearing, not so much the corn itself. Next comes getting all the silks removed. Using a vegetable brush and Rooster King’s favorite method adding a water hose to spray off ears along with brushing, (secretly I think he uses the water hose just to keep the shitting flies off his legs) corn silks are brushed away. If you aren’t getting irritated yet the next will finish the job. Unless you have a walk in freezer for freezing on the cob, all the corn must be cut off the cob. Yep you get to handle EVERY ear of corn yet again. I actually said, the hell with the mess and moved this process into my basement today. Seriously a temperature of 106 just wasn’t a good thing for this job and me wielding a large knife swatting bomber flies. After spreading a large bed sheet on the floor and covering the chairs holding my largest aluminum dish pans I started cutting. In case you have never cut fresh corn from the cob all the covering up of floor and chairs is to save yourself from having to later return and clean up all the sticky “milk” corn splatter. If the weather is at a human living temperature, not this introduction to hell, I would have done this outside as well. So after getting all corn cut from cob, it is then put on the stove with a small amount of water and brought slowly (don’t want to burn) to a low boil. Give it a good 10-15 min. to cook (maybe I should have just left it outside in the sun, OK bad idea) and then it’s time to throw this process in reverse. Ice & water in the sink and set those aluminum pans in to cool the corn as quickly as possible. This is my favorite part. I go sit down and drink some iced tea, read the paper, eat some Cheetos. Corn cooled, break over, back to work. Get the year recorded on the freezer bags and start filling. When all bags are sealed and safely in the freezer the last hurrah of any party comes next. The clean up. Blaahh. Even with using all my ‘biggest’ equipment for canning and freezing large quantities the job is a breeze since I now have the luxury of having a mini kitchen in my basement. I can leave these monster pans set out pretty much the whole summer unlike when I did this for 30 YEARS at my first hen house. Everything had to be put away so we could actually eat in the kitchen. Somehow everyone though I should continue to cook meals and eat as well as can and freeze in the summer.

At the end of the day Rooster and I have stashed away in the freezer 30 bags of fresh sweet corn. Let the snow fly!!!

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