Saturday, December 28, 2019

Day 48, 49 -

Thursday evening - It looks like it’s going to be a little wet today so not much planned for today. I took a couple of slices from the leftover roast and vacuum sealed them. Now, simply set the sous vide to 135°F again and reheat them right in the vacuum bag. It should be good for over a year.

Since it feels cold, I made some navy bean and ham soup in the Instant Pot. No need to soak the beans overnight when using a pressure cooker.

Friday (48) - Another cool (temperature) day. I think it has been raining lightly most of the night and is starting to clear. The water level in the river is a function of how much water is being released from the dams upstream than the not rainfall. The water level is even lower today than it has been before this storm came through.

These mountains are to the west and southwest of Needles. This is not the view from the RV as most of our windows face other RVs. Since there isn’t anyone next to us towards the river, we do have a view in that direction. Not complaining as this place is really quiet and has a nice pool/jacuzzi that I’ve been using just about everyday.

Saturday (49) - We went into Bullhead City to look for new curtains for the front windshield. No luck finding anything at either Walmart or Joanne’s. I guess were stuck with Amazon. We also picked up groceries including today’s experiment. Sous vide burgers. Sounds odd, at least to me, but 140°F for 22 minutes. For burgers, you can’t use the vacuum sealer so this will be the first time I’ll be using some silicone bags designed for use with a sous vide.

The burgers came out fine. Medium edge to edge and after searing in a frying pan for a minute or so they no longer looked an unappetizing grey. The silicone bags are more difficult to purge the air. I think Zip-Loc bags would work better for burgers.

The Mexican grocery store in Mojave Valley had pre-made masa for tamales. Tempting but a 5lb bag would make about 5 dozen tamales. A few more tamales than we need. The masa is the most challenging part of making tamales. At least in my opinion.

Today’s movies were Santa Clause 3 and episode 1 of Lost in Space. I think we watched Santa Clause 2 on Thursday. We are flush with streaming services. Netflix, Disney+, and Apple TV+. Disney+ is courtesy of Verizon and Apple TV+ was included with Bridget’s new iPad.


Oz said...

Sounds like you are having some relaxing days.

RichardM said...

Thank you for commenting! This is a pretty relaxing place. I’ll be adding your blog to my list...

SonjaM said...

We also spent the past days watching movies, playing cards and dice and just relax. It felt great not having any plans for a change.

redlegsrides said...

Man you are really getting that sous vide lifestyle! This cool weather sucks doesn't it? Martha says Arizona was cold too last year but I don't recall, then again, selective memory.

RichardM said...

It is very quiet and relaxing. The stores are hectic but we don’t HAVE to go there. Very few plans. I think a return trip to Oatman is planned.

RichardM said...

The sous vide is a new gadget that I’ve heard about for years. It’s interesting to see how it affects the texture of some foods. Lifestyle??

Last year it snowed a lot in AZ.