When you grow a great deal of your own food large amounts of time are spent not just growing but processing that food. For many a vegetable serving is just a small plastic bag or can that comes from the supermarket already trimmed, washed and cut into serving size pieces. When you grow your own food all that now falls to you to do. Yesterday morning was no exception. One neighbor had brought over some potatoes, onions and zucchini in exchange for some of my fresh green beans and some fresh hen eggs. Now I already have my own potatoes and onions but this is the country and in this community we take care of one another. We don't have many close neighbors but we tend to take care of one another. So when everyone's gardens come in we exchange crops back and forth, trade seeds and starts and just all around be neighborly to one another. So on top of washing the morning eggs I had potatoes, zukes, squash and onions to wash. Then on my rounds through the garden that morning I picked a hand full of my own green onions for cooking this week. O Wise One had picked up a cantaloupe going through Amish country from a roadside vendor over the weekend as well.
I had already planned to pick beets for pickling so I also had half a laundry basket full of beets. And some broccoli needed picking so I couldn't pass that up could I?
So the beets went into the laundry sink back by the washer to soak any remaining soil off.
The broccoli had to be washed, cut up and soaked in salt water in case there were any little green worms in there.
Then run through the salad spinner to spin dry.
Part of the broccoli then went into jars for the refrigerator. This is for snacking and meals.
The remainder I blanched and froze to go in the freezer.
The bulb onions were then cut up and put in the refrigerator for cooking this week. The green onions also went in the fridge for cooking as well as the new potatoes.
Then I put the beets on to cook
While they were cooking I washed all 49 quarts of green beans that I had canned this weekend. Then they were dried, labeled and put in the pantry.
Then I peeled and sliced the beets
And pickled 24 pints of pickled beets to go in our salads through the year. And there are still beets in the garden!
So now I've got another 24 jars to go in the pantry with that 49 green beans and it's just Monday. Then another neighbor comes through and needs a buck rabbit and a rooster. I just happen to have a young buck from that last litter and an extra rooster. In exchange she traded me 4 meat chickens that I can pick up on Wednesday.
And just in case I might have an extra portion of a minute I have the grandbaby tomorrow for a couple hours and hay on the round.
For someone who is retired do you think I could get any busier?
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter