vacuum sealer

Don't put two balls in your mouth at the same time

I packed the last of the peas today.  An enormous unshelled bag yielded a meager 2 cups of tender green pearls.  It crossed my mind the whole 'grow your own pea' thing may be more work than it's worth, but then I pictured them dressed with butter on the Thanksgiving table, and looking perky in a February risotto, reminding me that spring will eventually come.  Not to mention the multiple pea adorned meals (pea carbonara with pancetta, pea & fava bean favenade, minty pea soup) we've already enjoyed.  They're worth the work.  So into the freezer they go, smothered by a vacuum seal, my new country woman "tool". Yes, a vacuum sealer.  I actually wished for such a thing for my birthday this year.  Toto, we're not in Manhattan anymore.  Last year my wish was to get the heck out of the city (silently, as I blew out the candle that rounded out our 'reconstituted emulsified codfish, raw razor clam with cinnamon oil, watermelon cum beef carpaccio" avant-garde meal at Mugaritz in Spain.  It was terrible.  At the height of gastronomic experience, all I wanted was something simple... to eat, and to live by).  I had no idea then, how fast we could make both happen.