Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling after spring and before autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition, and culture. When it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.
Looking for an easy desire to put on the table which doesn’t require much stovetop or cooktop time? Well, here you go. In fact, if you heat the water in the microwave, you needn’t touch the stove or oven. This recipe is handy year-round, but especially so in the warm weather of summer.
2 hours, 20 minutes
1 carton (8
ounces) fat-free whipped topping
1 purchased or prepared graham cracker crust
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
(0.3 ounces) sugar-free lime gelatin
In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water to gelatin.
Stir gelatin about two minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
Do you want to know how to freeze green beans? Are you looking for
the best storage option to use green beans throughout the year? Green beans are
healthy and can help you to boost your digestion. However, fresh green beans
are not available in all seasons. But you can store them in your freezer and
use whenever you want.
Storage is easy, and you can store frozen green beans for almost a
year. You might be thinking about how. Here are a few tips that can help you to
store green beans in your freezer. You will have to take care of every detail,
such as to pick the beans at the right time as well as following the right
How to Choose the
Best Green Bean for Freezing?
For the storage, you will have to be a little choosy while picking
green beans. Picking is important since if you choose wrong beans or at the
wrong time, then you might not store them for long. Also, beans might lose the
freshness and flavor if not chosen properly. The peak season to store green
beans is from May to October. You can choose any day between these months to
ensure the best outcome. In the peak seasons, yummy and fresh green beans will
be available in your local store. Visit your local store and choose
blemish-free, crisp, and bright-colored beans. Take extra caution to avoid the
green beans with shivered ends or limp.
Make sure that these beans do not have small beans inside. Though
the small beans do not affect the quality and taste of the green beans, still,
these are not considered good for the storage. The size signifies that the bean
is past its prime.
You will have to choose the freshest possible bean and freeze soon
after picking them from the store or your garden. It is suggested to freeze on
the same day. If you want to wait for some obvious reason like a busy schedule,
then keep them in the freeze in the meantime.
Prep Your Freezing
Your freezing container does not need much preparation. You can
use jars, bags, and a freezer container to store green beans. All you need is
to clean those containers and then make it completely dry. Any moisture is not
suggested since it can damage the beans. After keeping green beans in the
container or bag, you can simply shake them to compact beans.
How to Prep the
Green Bean for Freezing
Now you have the fresh green beans and freeze containers. The next
is how to prepare the beans for storage. You can consider any with or without
blanching. We will discuss both the methods. To start with, use cool tap water
to wash green beans. After washing, take a small handful of green beans and
line up their stem ends and use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the stems. Repeat
the process with the remaining beans. If required, you can trim off its tapered
tail ends. As a lot of recipes need cut green beans, you can cut your beans into
one-inch pieces for easy storage. If you want, you can store whole green beans
depending on your preference. Both ways will offer the same benefit.
Wash your beans with water again to get rid of any dirt and then
dry beans completely. Proper drying up is important to ensure better storage.
You can use a paper or cloth towel to dry green beans completely. The drying up
process will not take more than half an hour.
Now pack the beans into the jars, bags, or container. Seal the
container following the manufacturer instructions and press hard to get rid of
all the possible air. You can also use a freezer tape around the container lid
edges to get a tight seal.
The above method will enable you to freeze green beans with
blanching. Some suggested blanching for more effective storage. Blanching will
demand one more step. You will have to boil beans in water for a few minutes
and then dunk them in ice water. It will help green beans to maintain the
flavor and color during freezing.
For boiling, get water in a large pot and boil them. Place beans
into the boiling water for two to four minutes depending on the size of beans.
While using large beans, you can boil for four minutes and small beans, the
time should not exceed two minutes. Soon after, you will have to cool the beans
quickly in rice water. Once the beans are cooled down, drain them and follow
the same process for the storage. Pack the drained green beans into containers,
bags, or jars. Shake the container to compact green beans and add more beans
while leaving 1-2 inch headspace.
Package and Label
Your Green Bean
After packing the beans in the container by following the above
instructions, the next step is to label those containers. You will have to
label each container with the content name, packaging date, and amount. It is
important to mention all the details in the labeling. Otherwise, you might
forget the packaging date and might not use them at the right time.
How to Freeze Your
If you are using bags, then rearrange your bags in such a way that
you can lay them as flat as possible. This will ensure quick freezing and will
preserve the original flavor and taste of your beans as well. Lay the
containers or bag flat to the freezer in the batches. Besides, leave some space
near the container so that air can easily circulate. Now, your beans are safe
in the freezer. You can use them whenever you want for cooking.
How Long Can Frozen
Green Beans Be Stored?
As stated earlier, frozen green beans can be stored for a long
time up to a year if you follow the right freezing method or choose the right
green beans. You can store frozen beans around nine months while using a
conventional freezer. If you want to store even longer, then you can use a deep
Soda float or Ice cream
soda float is a dessert-type or recreational-type drink made using ice cream
and soda, carbonated water or soft drink such as root beer (hence the
alternative name; root beer float). The drink may contain other ingredients
such as candy, syrup, milk, and whipped cream.
Ice cream soda
originates from the US. It was first created by Robert McCay Green, a flavored
drink seller back in 1874 in Philadelphia, PA. The idea came to him on a hot
day after he ran out of the ice he was using to make flavored drinks and
decided to use vanilla ice cream instead. It’s worth noting there are other
people who claim to have invented the ice cream float, including Green’s own
employee, George Guy, Fred Sanders, and Philip Mohr.
Besides having a great
taste, ice cream soda works because the carbon dioxide inside the soda is
displaced from the resulting solution to form a small fountain of foam and
bubbles that isn’t messy.
What are the most common flavors of ice cream soda floats?
There are many flavors based mainly on the ingredients. The most common include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coke, root beer;
1. Vanilla ice cream soda float
This drink is made using
several scoops of vanilla ice cream and unflavored carbonated water. The ice
cream is put first in a glass before pouring in carbonated water until the
resulting foam rises to the top. Some whipped cream is added and a cherry.
When Sprite soda or 7 Up
is used instead of unflavored carbonated water, the resulting drink is known as
2. Chocolate ice cream soda float
This drink is made like
the vanilla ice cream soda float. The only difference is the ingredients used,
i.e., chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.
3. Strawberry ice cream soda float
This drink is made in a similar manner to vanilla float ice cream soda float but using strawberry flavored ingredients like strawberry soda, strawberry syrup, and strawberry or vanilla ice cream.
4. Coke ice cream
As the name suggests,
this ice cream float is made with any cola/coke drink and vanilla ice cream.
5. Root beer float
Root beer float or brown cow or black cow is made using root beer and vanilla ice cream. However, some variations use other ice cream flavors. Beer may also be substituted, making variations like black cow different in some region in the US. While root beer float contains only root beer and vanilla ice cream in some places, some areas use chocolate ice cream to make a brown cow or chocolate cow. Some areas also substitute beer with cola and call it a black cow such as Northern Illinois and Northeastern Wisconsin.
With the hot weather of summer and early fall and icebox pie
is always a nice way to put dessert. When
strawberries are in bountiful, this strawberry icebox pie is an easy way to put
some fruit on the table, which will be appreciated by all.
You need to finish with two cups of filling.
Making your own whipped cream and pie crust at home is an excellent way to add variety to this pie.
However, in a pinch for time or simply for convenience, store-bought whipped cream and pie crust work just fine.
This recipe uses a 0.60-ounce package sugar-free strawberry flavored gelatin, which makes it a little firmer. However, a 0.30-ounce package can be used, and regular sweetened gelatin works equally well.
Heading out to the lake early in the day and hiking in before the heat set in to do a little flyfishing, the dark green nymph was the fly of the day. While I did catch a few panfish on a dark green woolly worm, the action wasn’t nearly as active, nor the strikes as hard, as it was in the dark green nymph. I tried a variety of other things, but the fish didn’t seem interested in much of anything else.
As I travel along the banks were, and waited in and out of the water, I tried to take some pictures of some of the critters I saw on the shore to get some ideas as to what might or might not work. Here are a few photos of the animals and insects I found onshore that had the potential to be fish food and give some inspiration as to what the fish might be eating in the local area.
As a matter of fact, the dark green nymph was so popular that I managed to catch a catfish on a very aggressive strike, which doesn’t happen to me very often. The fact that I was catching fish that one would not normally expect to catch on the fly, tends to indicate that I was using the right type of fly and that they were plentiful enough to attract other varieties of fish to feed.