As a “wanna-be” farmer, I managed to plant a few things in a couple garden patches this year. I threw down some seeds to grow Beans (yellow and green), Beets, Bell Peppers, Cabbage, Carrots, Lettuce (head and red romaine), Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes and a few Tomato plants. In addition, there are blueberry and blackberry bushes and a few fruit trees on the “farm” that bear fruit abundantly. I have been collecting my Goods nearly all summer, but now there is a major surplus and a challenge of how to preserve the harvest for the winter. This past week was more or less devoted to canning, freezing or dehydrating The Goods. Thank goodness for the elderly woman who helps with all of the mess.
This is somewhat of a start to the produce from this year.
Thankfully some of my tomatoes have ripened, and I hope the weather stays warm… if it doesn’t I’m going to be improvising with A LOT of green tomatoes. Right now, I’m dehydrating a lot of them for future use. I have this ancient dehydrator that takes about 24-36 hours to dehydrate tomatoes or any fruit… and after talking with a friend who successfully dehydrates her tomatoes in as little as three hours, I think it’s about time for an upgrade.
I suppose I could do them in the oven… but this works.
Yesterday, I pulled a bunch of carrots, blanched them and threw them in the freezer along with the blueberries and blackberries. I’m not quite sure what to do with the goods right now, but they are there… and they weren’t very costly either.
In the Pacific Northwest, If you have a yard, you have a blackberry bush. They are everywhere. Only when they bear fruit do people tolerate them, the rest of the year, people are trying to destroy these invasive monsters. So today, the Elderly Woman picked some fresh blackberries, which was very kind of her as I do not pick berries. I find berry picking to be mindless and painful. If you ever wonder why supermarkets charge $4.00 for a pint of berries, I can tell you… They have to pay somebody to go and pick that whole pint of berries.. a job I would loathe. So I don’t complain about the price of blackberries anymore and am extremely grateful for free berries, that I didn’t even have to pick!
The Elderly Woman informed me that a Classy Blonde Woman she knows had made some freezer jam with her blackberries. So, we made some jam today. It was really quite simple.
I still have beets to pickle or do something with and hopefully lots more tomatoes and peppers.
Any good ideas about preserving tomatoes?