It is time for week 2 of "What I'm Planting". This week I'm planting cabbage. We do things a little different with cabbage and all brassicas, we use soil blocks.
Ah, soil blocks, I am so grateful for you! You are so affective, and the way you reduce the use of plastic is spot on!
Do you know anyone who doesn't cook with garlic? Me neither. Those plump garden grown cloves help season most all of our meals.
How do we store them all through fall and winter? Well this year I've tried something new and I am so, so, so happy I did!
With canning and processing the harvest comes much chopping of vegetables and fruit. It is the most time consuming part of the entire process. So what are our options?
Well, we can stick to doing it by hand. This is great if you don't have much to do. Why dirty a bunch of equipment for a samll amount of produce? Purchase a good knife (we really like are Rada cutlery), keep it sharp, and your good to go!
If you have larger quantities a food processor is very handy. They are effective and produce nice even results. The largest capacity food processor I've ever seen was a 12 cup kitchen aid. It sounds like a lot but when you are producing bushels of produce at a time it still takes hours to get everything chopped.
For the canner who processes the largest quantities of food, it's time for the meat processor. Oh boy, does this do the trick! This is definitely the fastest way to chop vegetables. With a meat grinder you can feed the vegetables continually, never stopping to empty one batch and refill. Nope, just keep on feeding the grinder and watch it come out the other end perfectly chopped. We are never going back people. This has changed canning season for good and in such a good way!
It is sad that so much knowledge has been lost with our ancestors. Technology has taken over and many skills have been long forgotten. Skills that are still very valuable especially on the homestead! I'm grateful that there is an emerging trend to re-learn these skills. One such being how to make a pectin free jam and preserving other homegrown foods!
There is still one thing that baffles me, the copious amounts of sugar. Surely our ancestors did not use this much sugar! One recipe we looked at called for 6-7 cups of sugar to 5 cups of fruit! That much sugar surely erases all the health benefits of the fruit!
We really enjoy zucchini at our house. It can me made into a tasty dessert, deliscious dinner, lunch or breakfast, frozen, dried, or canned for latter use. So versitile!
This past week I've tried two new zucchini recipes and both were big hits. The one I;'m going to be sharing today almost even beat homemade doughnuts according to my 7 year old daughter.
It went like this:
Daughter- " This is the best breakfast I've ever had in my life!"
Dad- " It's really good. How can you go wrong with zucchini and sausage, but what about doughnuts?"
Daughter- " ok, maybe not better than donughnut, but it's gooood!"
Just so you know zucchini is my husbands fav veggie. Still, can anything beat fresh homemade doughnuts? I don't think so. Ok, I'm absolutely positive! So you know that when something almost does it has to be dang good!
Salads are such an easy meal for summer time and a great way to get all our greens (7 cups a day!). Some people are intimidated by growing lettuce and shy away from it but there's no need, it easy!. Today I'm going to give you my best tips for growing lettuce so that you can have a continuous supply for quick and easy summer time meals that don't heat up the house.
Hello Everyone! Today I have a special guest post from Daniel Sherwin of dadsolo.com. Daniel is a single dad of two helping other single parents overcome their struggles by sharing his experiences and giving encouragement. Even if you aren't a single parent, his blog has some very helpful ideas.
Thank you Daniel for hanging out with us and sharing you tips on kids and kitchen safety!
Fall is a very busy time of year for most everyone. Quick dinners are essential. We used our farm fresh eggs, fresh cilantro from the garden, some tomatoes from the greenhouse, and few purple onions also from our garden. MMMMM, it was delish! oh so easy, and fast! and that = perfect.
These last few weeks the weather has been so pleasant! Feet of snow have melted. We had snow piles and drifts that were 8+ feet in height. Not anymore. Only a small remainder is left of the largest piles and drifts. That of course led to huge, muddy puddles that were the first destination of all the children playing outside at this house. Wet, muddy everything. Even so I'm so grateful for the beautiful weather and the chance for them to get out and get some sun and fresh air. It was much needed after the previous month of sub zero temperatures!
Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It complements such a variety of meats. We use it on lamb, beef, duck, chicken and turkey. When I smell it I instantly think of warm, spongy, focacia. Mmmmm.
This year I'm working on growing enough rosemary to offer it with our CSA baskets and to sell at our plant sale. Today I had a few more starts that were ready for planting.
Hello, I'm Jaci. I look forward to sharing my gardening and homestead adventures to help you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!