Ideal Farm and Garden
222 Route 15
Lafayette, NJ 07848
973-579-3893
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Ideal's Recipes
CORN:
Freezer Sweet Corn
You will need:
Jersey Sweet Corn, Sugar, Butter or Margarine, Salt, Water, Freezer Bags or Containers


     First, cut corn off of cob (approx. 18-20 ears) to get 4 quarts of sweet corn. Combine the corn with 1 quart of hot water, 2/3 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, and 2 tsp of salt. Let the mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes and stir occasionally. Set the mixture aside and let it cool completely. Spoon the mixture into freezer bags or containers and freeze! This recipe yields about 3 quarts of frozen corn.


GREEN BEANS:
Freezer Beans
You will need:
Green Beans, Vacuum Sealer, Vacuum Sealer Bags.

Gather the amount of green beans you would like to freeze. Snap the ends off of the beans, and wash thoroughly. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and blanch the beans (place them in boiling water for approx. 3 minutes). Remove the beans and dry them thoroughly before placing them in bags. Separate them how you would like (we placed all the beans in one direction in the bag to prevent them from snapping), seal and freeze. These will be good for one year in your freezer.


PEPPERS:
Freezer Peppers
You will need:
Peppers, Vacuum Sealer, Vacuum Sealer Bags.
      
         
First gather as many peppers as you would like to freeze. Wash them thoroughly and dry them. Slice the peppers in half, and take out the seeds, and wash again if necessary. Slice the peppers to the desired size (see left), and place peppers in bags in any portion you would like and vacuum seal the packages. Place in the freezer, they will last up to 1 year in your freezer.

STRAWBERRIES:
Freezer Strawberries
You will need:
Strawberries, Vacuum Sealer, Vacuum Sealer Bags.

    First gather as many strawberries as you would like to freeze. Wash them lightly in cold water, and lightly pat them dry. Next core all of the strawberries with a knife, just remove the leafy portion on the top of the berries. Rinse the berries again so they are free of any dirt. Dry the berries thoroughly. Place the dry berries on cookie sheets and place them in the freezer until frozen (about 1 hour). Place berries in bags in any portion you would like and vacuum seal the berries. Place back in freezer. These berries will last up to 1 year in your freezer.

Quick and Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
You will need:
Strawberries, Pectin, Sugar, Freezer Containers (we used Stackable, Ball 16oz. Freezer Jars with twist top lids), Water.

First gather strawberries and wash, core and crush the berries. You will need 4 full cups of the crushed berries. We recommend placing the strawberries in a single layer in a metal pot and crushing them with a masher. Place the berries aside. 
    
In a large pot, add one package of pectin, and 3 cups of sugar, mix until well blended. Add 1 cup of water and stir well. On medium heat, bring the pectin,sugar,water mix to a boil stirring constantly. The mixture will clarify. While mixing, let mixture boil for one minute, then remove from heat and add crushed berries. Stir for one minute until berries are mixed well with pectin mixture.  

Pour mixture into freezer containers and leave at least 1/2 inch of space from the top so the jam will be able to expand in the freezer. Allow the containers to set for 24 hours and place the jam in the freezer. The jam will last up to 1 year in your freezer. After jam is opened and in your refrigerator, jam will last for about 3 weeks.

TOMATOES:
Sweet Salsa
You will need:
1 small red onion, 1 green bell pepper, 1.5 cups of white corn off the cob (about 2 ears), 2 cups of chopped tomatoes (4 large tomatoes), 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup oil, storage container.

First cut the red onion and bell pepper into small pieces, cut the corn off the cob, and chop the tomatoes. (Its much easier to use a chopper!!) Combine all of these in a small bowl and set aside. In a small pan combine the apple cider vinegar, sugar and oil. Heat the saucepan on low, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour this over the veggie mixture and place in the fridge for a few hours! Combine with salsa chips :)



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