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Independence Days Update

1.Plant something – green beans, lettuce, dill

We have many eggplant but this is the biggest one right now.

Some dill is seeding along with coriander.

dill seed

coriander seed

2. Harvest something – cabbage, zucchini, lots of herbs, lots of hot and sweet peppers, summer squash, onion, lettuce, arugula, carrot, green beans, green tomato, blackberries, cucumber, new potato.

3. Preserve something – frozen squash, zucchini, herbs and breadcrumbs. Frozen and canned blackberries. Zucchini Relish.

I love this relish but halve the recipe because that is all we can use in a season. I use it in my favorite cole slaw recipe, and on hot dogs.

Link to slaw- Cranberry Cole Slaw.

Make sure you use a 5% acidity vinegar!

The first time I made it, I started to use a cheap off brand and thought to check, while the recipe didn’t specify. That vinegar was only a watered down 4%!

I switched off to a 5% cider vinegar and that worked well.


Zucchini Relish

10 cups zucchini chopped
4 cups chopped onion
3 bell pepper chopped
5 tablespoons kosher salt
4 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups white vinegar ( 5 % acidity!)
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons celery seed
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Place unpeeled chopped zucchini, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper and salt into a large pot. Cover with water and allow to sit overnight.
Drain water and rinse in cold water. Drain again.
Combine sugar, vinegar,mustard, turmeric, cornstarch, celery seed, nutmeg and ground pepper. Pour over zucchini mixture in pot and cook on low heat about 30 minutes.
Ladle mixture into sterilized pint jars and seal in a boiling water bath.
Yield:
8 pints

4. Prep something – new garden bed

5. Cook something – new! Roast Cauliflower and Green Beans with Dill.



Just take about 1/2 large head cauliflower and break up along with 2 handfuls fresh green beans. Throw it into a covered casserole ( I like to use my cast iron chicken fryer) sprayed with olive oil spray. Top that with a couple of tablespoons fresh dill weed and lemon slices. Salt, pepper and spray with more cooking spray then cover and roast in 375 for about 30 minutes.
To serve remove the lemon slices and grate some parmesan or asiago cheese on top. I can eat this for lunch by itself.

6. Manage your reserves- rotating canned goods

7. Work on local food systems – No

8. Manage waste- Still throwing on compost heap..

9. Learn something new – I have found a way to help rid my kitchen of garden gnats!

Anyone that brings garden veggies into the house has to know you sometimes carry in gnats too.
Just throw your compost waste in a bucket with a lid on the counter, but place the lid on the kitchen counter while filling. When you get ready to carry the waste to the compost heap slap that lid on top and hold down until you get outside. You would be surprise how many gnats you can transfer back out into the open

July 30, 2008 at 3:25 am 8 comments

Independence Days Update

Sharon’s update with other updates in the comment section can be found here

1.Plant something – more green beans

The potatoes are blooming, some of our Blue Lake green beans are blooming and we will soon have summer squash.


potato blooms

bean blooms

squash

2. Harvest something – cabbage, zucchinni, lots of herbs, hot peppers.
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3. Preserve something – frozen bread for bread crumbs, frozen herbs

4. Prep something – nothing but…( getting instructions for a small green house.)

5. Cook something – new! Zucchinni Blossoms . Read about it here.

6. Manage your reserves- ..Managing my raport with my neighbors, I guess that qualifies as a reserve since I have been working on it for a while.

Using more of my crab apple jelly in this ice cream.I have got to get that jelly used up because our crab apple trees are full this year.


small sample view of crab apples

7. Work on local food systems – More hay for neighbors beef cattle. I don’t believe he could mow without a tractor. Neither could we. (but we could build a fench and put cattle in to graze someday if necessary)

8. Manage waste- Still throwing on compost heap .

9. Learn something new – How to stuff Zucchini blossoms .

Biggest Independence- Freedom, I stopped attending a local church because of this man standing behind a pulpit and pointing out “others sins” when he wasn’t a bit better than anyone else.

June 25, 2008 at 9:44 pm 5 comments

Independence Days Update.

Here is my very late Independence Days Update from last week. You can find Sharons update here.

1.Plant something - more green beans, more radish, eggplant
2. Harvest something – radish, lettuce, all sorts of herbs
3. Preserve something -mint jelly, froze a large batch of pesto, more herbs dried and frozen
4. Prep something – nothing
5. Cook something - new! mint jelly for lamb, first time I ever did mint jelly although I have done blackberry and crab apple. I thought I might have gotten too much food color in it as I was working, but once finished I had to put it in the window to show off the beautiful color for this photo. Isn’t it beautiful?

Here is the recipe although I only got 3 jars and it claims to make 4 jelly jars. Got this off the net from somewhere I think. I can’t remember.


Mint Jelly

1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves and stems — washed
4 drops green food coloring — (4 to 6)
2 1/4 cups water
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice (in the bottle)
1 pouch liquid pectin — (3 ounce)

You’ll need half-pint-canning jars with bands and new lids and a large cooking pot or canner. Sterilize jars while working with jelly mixture.
Makes 4 jars

*Make sure mint is washed clean. Chop finely. Combine with water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. To remove the mint, strain through cheesecloth (triple layer) or jelly bag. Add food coloring.

Combine 1 3/4 cups of mint juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a 4-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat while stirring frequently. Add liquid pectin and continue stirring until you return to a full boil. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and fill hot 1/2 pint jars with mixture. Do not fill to the top, leave about 1/4-inch headspace. Place hot lids on jars and screw on bands. Process in boiling water canner for 5 minutes.

6. Manage your reserves- cleaned out freezer and sorted by items
7. Work on local food systems - Gave hay to neighbor for his beef cattle. He had to cut and bale it though. I got my field mowed.

I have probably forgotten many things but that is what I remember. These ID posts have turned out to be good for my motivation and journal skills.

June 10, 2008 at 5:57 am 6 comments

Independence Days Update

My Independence Days Update.

You can find Sharon’s update here with other updates in the comment section.

1.Plant something - More cucumbers and tomatoes have been placed in the garden. I planted Henderson Limas and the zucchini to feed the nation. The limas have sprouted and I love the little lima children.
lima babies

The potato, corn and green beans are up.
potato
Some of our peppers are blooming.
pepper bloom
2. Harvest something - We harvested all sort of lettuce, green onion, radishes and herbs

3. Preserve something - I dried several herbs this past week.

4. Prep something- I got information on growing upside down tomatoes which I am going to try. You can see what a great idea by going to Eclectic Edibles

5. Cook something - Always cooking but have been a bit lame on the subject since getting my new high speed. I can’t even explain the freedom I feel without being bound with dialup.

6. Manage your reserves- Spent much time with newspapers and checking local sales since I always stock up sale items when taking my shopping trips. When it takes an hour to drive to stock up we make the trip as little as possible. I am bad about just circling things on the flyers and carry them with me and not making lists. My organization skills could use some tips and patience on this. We weeded the flour beds and gardens.

7. Work on local food systems - Afraid not this week. I intend to look into a local stand that supplies local fresh eggs and take a visit to a local working meal for flour (correction I meant to say working mill not working meal here…do I have food on the brain or what!). Not enough time in my days.

I’ll leave this post with some beautiful flowers blooming at my home right now.

peony
clemetis
iris
laural

May 31, 2008 at 5:25 am 6 comments


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