This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of FoodSaver®; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I grew up eating moose and caribou and fish (the latter to my great dismay).
I do not remember my mother ever buying beef unless she was supporting a 4H student.
When I finally moved out of the dorms in college, I filled my freezer with game meat. My roommates refused to eat it and made fun of their Alaska girl. I had been sorely disappointed by what I found as far as meat in the stores (so much so that I was nearly accidentally vegetarian) and so was happy to finally have the “good stuff”. They dealt with it.
While I certainly took it for granted as a child, my most prominent family memories involved hunting and fishing and hours and hours of processing. We vacuum-packed it, smoked it, froze it and ate it. A lot. I think it is one of the main reasons my parents moved to Alaska from the east coast– for that freedom of living off the land in a wild place.
My brothers were much more interested in the hunting and fishing, but it was a treat when I could go with just my dad. It seems as though the times were few and far between (I am sure more my choice than his), but they stick out in my mind decades later as the most memorable.
My dad is tough, aware of the risks and dangers of the Alaskan bush and respects it. He has also had his fair share of close encounters. I think it comes with the territory. This is what makes him larger than life for me – almost invincible.
I moved away from home at 18 and only moved back for one more summer afterwards. I hated that Alaska was so far away from Washington and then Wyoming as I moved around. Of all the packages from home I received, the ones with some frozen salmon or moose were the most treasured. They still are. Memories were preserved in those FoodSaver® bags.
My senses bring me back to Alaska with the smell of fish and the sound of that vacuum packer working hard through an afternoon post-trip. It’s comfortable and cozy and safe.
I married a man who also believes in hunting and fishing. I birthed a boy (or two) who is obsessed with it. I prefer a freezer filled with natural meats and ready-to-go meals. The sound of the FoodSaver® GameSaver® now fills our own home, or, since it is for on-the-go use, our camper. And so the cycle continues.
While I fear a long power outage that would compromise all that our freezer holds, I reach for our GameSaver® Big GameTM Vacuum Sealing System for nearly everything that goes into it.
The GameSaver® Heat-Seal Bags and Rolls truly keep our food 5x fresher and completely free of freezer burn. We had an old FoodSaver® system we received as a wedding gift 10 years ago that has now been replaced by the Big GameTM. I love the fact that it can handle 80 consecutive seals or 240 pounds of meat AND it can go with us and be used in our RV thanks to the 12 Volt DC Adaptor. Plus it works with FoodSaver® Fresh Containers, Quick marinator and all sizes of rolls and bags. Even better? It has a rugged handle and built-in storage compartment so I am not losing parts as we go (which, ahem, never happens here). The Big GameTM Vacuum Sealing System is available at your local Wal-Mart store.
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