This is an introduction to storing foods for the freezer. I remember as a child sitting in our house with some of mother’s friends. We were sitting in front of the black and white TV with a mound of purple hull peas in front of us. We all had a plastic bowl or pan in our laps full of purple hull peas. Next to us was a large brown paper bag for the hulls. We sat there until the huge mound had disappeared. Then out to play while the others would prepare the peas for storing in the freezer. Next time we all got together it would be a butter bean day. There would be a mound of either speckled butter beans or green butter beansĀ  Speckled were much easier to shell because they are larger and harder. I don’t remember helping with much more than that until after I got married. Then we went to the farm as we called it to pick purple hull peas, corn, and whatever my husband’s family had in the garden. It was a huge garden so we were there from early morning until. Now there was something new I learned and it was a pea sheller machine. That was awesome to me but the men and his mother handled that part of the job. The corn had to be shucked, taking all silks off, dividing into corn on the cob or off for cream style corn. Okay, this wasn’t the fun part but neither was the part in the kitchen with the women putting all these 500 or more ears of corn. They were putting up enough for all the family. So I’m sure it was a lot more than 500 ears. I remember several trips to the farm that was about 50 miles away. During the spring and summer everyone’s freezer was full of all kind of vegetables. I learned then how to put the peas and corn up for the freezer. So as life moved on, my husband and I along with a couple of grandchildren moved to the country. That’s when I learned from a dear friend how to put up other vegetables in the freezer. As time has passed and she is with Jesus now, I have learned to do part of the processing of wild game. I am still learning. I will give you more information on the different vegetables that I put in the freezer. No, we don’t have a farm but could. We do have farms with markets to get the fresh vegetables and put up. I also check at the grocery store and go to the produce section. One important thing to do at all times is wash your vegetables that you are going to put up with dish washing detergent and rinse till all soap is removed. This has always been important because of chemicals that might have been left on vegetables. I will explain more as I upload each vegetable to put in freezer. By: Betty Thomas

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