Monday, July 20, 2020

And More Maters!

 This morning I unloaded the dehydrator and loaded it once more with roma tomatoes. I bagged the ones that dried overnight.

Then I started to work on the other pile of Better Boy tomatoes to can. I peeled and chopped for 2 hours. 

At the end of my canning session 6 quarts and 2 pints were added to the pantry! There are still a lot of tomatoes to work up so it looks like tomorrow will be salsa. 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Dehydrating Romas

Hubby and I worked in the garden this morning tidying up, weeding and picking what was ready. I took the day off from canning since I have been hard at it all week. Tomorrow is another day! I did come in and load the dehydrator with Roma tomatoes. I got 5 trays in before the multitudes arrived for Sunday supper.
Tonight's supper was a glorious meal from the farm's bounty. Smoked sirloin tip roast from our cow butchered, fried squash, green beans, stuffed peppers and fresh homemade bread. We are once again blessed here on the homestead.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Hoop Coop # 2

Done and done. Well almost. We are planning to have a tarp made to fit them exactly for a neater appearance.

Once that was done I was off to the house to can the salsa I prepped last night. 11 pints canned before afternoon chores. I also finally got the herbs that had been hanging out in the dehydrator put in jars.

Tomorrow it will be loaded with Roma tomatoes.

Friday, July 17, 2020


Today's harvest. All I can say is wow! Blessings abound on the homestead.
The next few days will be plenty busy preserving the harvest. Of course and tomato sandwiches are definitely on the menu. 
This evening I went ahead and prepped a double batch of salsa to can tomorrow at some point. Tomorrow morning we will be finishing the second hoop coop for the Speckled Sussex chickens. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Canning Cube Steak

A little canning experiment today. I canned cube steak from the freezer. Our freezers are full and I am trying to make some room. I am also trying to add some shelf stable quick meals to the pantry shelves. I seared the steak on each side and put on keep warm in the oven. Then I tossed onions and mushrooms in the pan and softened those a bit. I heated up some beef broth and then was ready to pack my jars. Most jars got 3 pieces of steak, a couple got four. I then packed the onions and mushrooms around it and topped off with beef broth. I de-bubbled well and popped the lids on and into the canner it went.
My hope is that when I open a jar I can dredge the meat in flour, give it another sear for a bit of crispness and thicken the broth and veggies for a quick gravy. A side of mashed potatoes and a salad will make a rib sticking winter meal. Finger's crossed. I will update as soon as I open a jar.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Pickled Peppers and Blueberry Syrup

I am really thankful I got the garden picked down yesterday because it has stormed off and on all day today. By the end of the day we had gotten right at 3 inches of rain. That was ok because I had plenty to do in the kitchen!
First I sliced up all the jalapenos I picked yesterday and got them pickled.
Then onto making blueberry syrup. I cooked the berries down and drained them for a couple of hours. Then I added sugar and let simmer for a while. At the end a splash of vanilla. Yum.
 I really would have liked it thicker but I was getting tired and still had evening chores to do and it was going to be a sloppy mess for sure. However, at the end of the day 12 jars of peppers and 8 jars of syrup ready to be put away for the winter.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Chicken packaging day! After morning chores I gathered all my bags and my vacuum sealer and got busy putting the chickens in the freezer. Several hours later close to 90 lbs were all bagged up and ready to go. After I got the kitchen all cleaned up and sanitized it was time for afternoon chores and checking the garden. I picked lots of jalapenos and more blueberries along with a fair amount of tomatoes. They are going to be in peak production by next week. I also picked the first of the blackberries.
On tomorrow's list... pickling jalapenos and blueberry syrup!