Then my vacuum sealer gave up the ghost after 15 years. It was a cheap brand. It worked just OK. The vacuum wasn't really strong. So I bought myself a FoodSaver sealer. Well it turns out you can't use regular bags like my old one could. It needs better bags with little ridges on them so it can get all the air out of the bag. The vacuum is amazingly strong. I'm sure it get so much more air out of the bag. But the bags are not cheap. Using Ziploc freezer bags and cutting off the zip it cost me about $0.06 each. With and off brand bag that conforms to FoodSaver standards it will cost me $0.17 per bag. Ouch. Name brand ones are about $0.25 per bag. I'll find out if it was worth it after a couple of years.
Daphne's version of Bean Burgers
- T oil
- 1 c diced onion
- 1 1/3c chopped mushrooms
- 2 clove minced garlic
- 2 T soy sauce
- 4 t Worcestershire sauce
- t cumin
- 1/2 c oatmeal
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t pepper
- 2 T chopped fresh cilantro (if in season)
- 1 egg
- Pint jar of canned beans
Add oil, onions, and mushrooms to a saute pan. Cook until the mushrooms start to turn brown. Add garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin. Cook until the liquid evaporates.
In a food processor grind oatmeal until it is a course flour. Add salt, pepper, cilantro, and the onion mushroom mixture. Process. Add egg. Process until all blended.
Mash beans with a fork then mix in the contents of the food processor. Form into patties. Cook in a fry pan until cooked and brown on the outside.
So there are no peppers or tomato in my version. The beans, onions, garlic, and cilantro came from the garden. I topped it with mustard (sadly not mine yet), bread and butter pickles (from the garden), and pickled onions (from the garden). The bun was a home made 1/2 whole wheat bun with sesame seeds. When winter hits it will be a nice garden meal that I can still make.