Monday, August 5, 2019

A Gift Of Tomatoes

A sweet friend asked if I would like a bushel of tomatoes. Absolutely! I spent the day processing most of them into salsa and dehydrating some Romas that were in the mix.
At the end of the day 28 pints of salsa and 2 quarts of dehydrated tomatoes were added to the pantry. This was a huge blessing since the drought has almost completely wiped ours out. We are still looking for some much needed rain so we can start getting the fall garden in.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Fall Seedlings

Sis has been really busy in the greenhouse getting our fall plants started. Today we transplanted all of the seeds she started a few weeks ago. She started several kinds of broccoli and cabbage. We transplanted all of those pretty plants in single cell packs to be planted outside in a few short weeks. Hard to believe it is that time already!
Sis, mom and I worked for quite some time and in the end we had 8 1/2 flats - that is 306 plants!
Hopefully Mother Nature will bless us with some cooler temperatures and much needed rain by the time these are ready to go in the ground. We have had only about 1/2 inch in the last 7 weeks. The storms seem to split and go north and south by just a few miles of us. It has been very discouraging and has pretty much fried the last of the summer gardens. So we shall look forward to Fall!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Corn - Done & Frozen!

A very long day in the kitchen. Usually I have the help of family and we share (I'll still share) but today it was just me. I shucked and cut and cut and shucked until all of the corn was off the cob and in freezer bags. Whew! Our main crop this year was a non-GMO silver queen. It did exceptionally well and is super sweet.
Since it is not GMO corn, we are planning to leave most of the second ears for seed and see how they come back next year. Since silver queen is a hybrid, it may be a total flop. We won't know unless we give it a try. Some of my research suggests that it could work if the most vigorous plants are saved for seed over the next few years. Never hurts to try! That is if the critters don't eat it all before it dries!.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Time For Corn!

The corn is ready. There looks to be quite a large amount even with the lack of rain. This morning I headed up and started picking. 25 dozen ears later I was still not finished! I shucked enough to do a small trial run of canning it instead of freezing it.
Though the process was much easier and way less messy, the flavor was not good. It tasted way overcooked. So tomorrow I will begin the messy task of freezing the rest. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Freeze Dried Food


We have been storing freeze dried food for some time for long term storage. The company I purchase from for the most part has a 25 (or longer) year shelf life. The other day I was making soup and realized I was out of carrots. I opened a can that had been hanging out on the shelf for quite a while. They were  perfect. I vacuumed sealed the rest and they can sit there another 10 years if needed. This prompted me to try a few more things... chicken salad and beef stew were just a couple. Now, that being said, would I want to live on freeze dried? No. However, I will definitely be adding more to our stores as it was good, quick and absolutely no waste. I plan to have a "freeze dried" meal a couple of times a month. When I do I'll share my recipes!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Getting Creative With Cantaloupe

So far this week we have picked a dozen or so cantaloupe. I don't care for it and hubby is eating as fast as he can. I have given some away but we are still left with many. I decided to see if there were more options than just eating it. Well, my friends there are tons of ways! The most intriguing way was making bread with it. Hmmm..
It was absolutely divine! The topping was a praline type in this recipe. I thought it was a little heavy for it. The next time I think I'll drizzle with my butter rum sauce. Oh goodness let me head back to the kitchen!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Today's Canning

Today's canning projects. More vegetable soup, pickles and a spicy putanesca sauce. It is super yummy. We had the leftovers tonight on pasta.

 I have to say is was a bit of trouble but I think I'll have to make one more batch!