For those of you that follow everyday I left you on Saturday with me having buckets of peaches and beans to deal with. And in true Hickery Holler fashion they are now safely tucked away in my pantry and freezer for a proverbial rainy/snowy day. Those pints of canned peaches my grandchildren will line up and fight you for if they weren't busy right now eating fresh ones off the tree.
And a few hours in my rocking chair made short work of those red beans too. We were able to pull up most of the red bean plants after picking and feed to the goats making room for a fall crop of something. They were shelled, washed and then blanched and are cooling in the picture above.
I let them sit in my giant colander and drain after running cold water over them to cool them off.
Then they go on baking sheets and go in the freezer to freeze, they could also go into jars if I was so inclined.
Once frozen they go into vacuum bags.
Ready to vacuum in a pot size portion perfect for our family.
And another 7 bags ready for the freezer. Already frozen, bagged and labeled with date and contents.
And we can't forget O Wise One's Sunday contribution to the food stores. Here lately every Sunday afternoon he can be found on one pond/river/creek bank somewhere around with fishing rod in hand. That's his day off unwinding ritual. That it provided weekly contributions of meat to the freezer is a plus. I quilt and he fishes or hunts : )
On this day it is bass and perch fillets.
Some Sundays it is catfish or if he is fishing in the river maybe carp or drum.
Those fillets will taste great breaded and fried or even oven fried or grilled.
Our contributions in the last couple days.........
7 quarts canned purple hull peas
3 bags frozen broccoli
7 quarts frozen red beans
3 bags of frozen bass/perch fillets
2 quarts frozen blackberries
14 quarts canned sliced peaches
14 pints canned sliced peaches
And with our eye always to next year (Good Lord willin!) there are 4 trays of seeds drying. These are seeds for Louisiana Red Beans and Purple Hull Peas. They are spread on old baking sheets and I set them out on the picnic table every afternoon in the warm sunshine to dry a little more. They come in at night to protect them from the dew and go out again the next afternoon. Once good and dry they will be stored in the cool dark pantry until next spring and the cycle continues again. Plant/harvest/preserve. Year after year, season after season.
These age old practices make it possible for us to garden with practically no seed expense other than those new varieties we want to splurge and try.
And we usually sell a little produce through the year to defray the costs of any luxury seeds and soil amendments or straw mulches purchased.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter