Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FOOD SAVER Feedback & HEALTHY Desserts

Via FaceBook we've received lots of feedback re: yesterday's questions on the FOOD SAVER--thank you everyone for taking the time to comment. Today we thought we'd share some thoughts from Alice's niece, Nichole (who lives in Australia), on how she uses this amazing vacuum sealer:

"This tool is so worth it! I even food-saved my breast milk...It's also a convenient marinader: Flash freeze your meat in your marinade, in an unsealed bag, upright in your freezer, once frozen, vacuum the bag, and when you are ready to thaw, your meat thaws in the marinade. My mom also vacuum seals stuff she sends here to Australia. This way she can send it in smaller containers, saving on postage. Also, before vacuuming your bags, try to flatten them (make them as thin as possible) so that all your frozen goods stack nicely in the freezer. Think of those chubby pounds of hamburger--flatten them as much as you can before vacuum sealing them--this will save tons of space."

Great ideas here, but to you young moms, don't you think that vacuum-sealing breast milk is brilliant? THANK YOU Nichole!

Now let's look at a HEALTHY dessert idea. We share this because we've heard from lots of moms whose children are dealing with ADD and ADHD as well as weight gain. There's conclusive evidence that diet plays an undeniably huge role in these issues, so here's a start to healthier desserting that will leave no one feeling deprived.

It's fresh fruit puddings thickened with either cornstarch or arrowroot. The natural fruit sugars make it possible to omit sugar. Almost any fruit can be pureed in a blender or food processor, thickened by cooking and using either cornstarch or arrowroot, garnished, and served as a delectable dessert.

Here's a family favorite that we've also used for pie filling, in cobbler, and for freezing into popsicles. Try this and let us know what you think. In the meantime, here's to family dinner made easy as we use our FOOD SAVER to save grocery $$ and as we look for ways to remove sugar from our desserts!


6 C chopped peaches (about 10, peeled and pitted)
1/4 C cornstarch or arrowroot
Cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)

1/2 to 1 pint heavy cream
1 C lightly chopped pecans

Put half of the chopped peaches in a blender or food processor and blend with cornstarch or arrowroot until smooth. (Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, if desired.) Pour mixture into the top of a double boiler; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken.

Add remaining chopped peaches and cook just until tender. Spoon into individual small serving dishes and chill. Shortly before serving, whip cream (add dash of stevia if a sweeter cream is wanted) and spoon over pudding. Top with chopped pecans or garnish with reserved thin slice of peach, and serve immediately.


  1. I love my Food Saver! I wouldn't be with it! Just alone it is great for buying good meat in bulk and freezing in smaller quantities for just hubby and I. :) Your desserts look awesome! My fave this time of year is Peach or Apricot Jello cream cheese dessert. nummy!

  2. We appreciate this validation on the Food Saver. We're checking on best prices and so far Costco is the winner. And thanks for your comment!