Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Winding Down

Summer is drawing to an end and it's hard to believe that in a month or so, there won't be much coming from the garden except carrots, which we plan to mulch heavily and leave in the ground and use as needed.

There are a few more things on my food preservation to-do list until then. Here is what I hope to get done (in no particular order):

1) Freeze a lot of chopped chard (for quiches, soup, etc.).

2) Pickle the last of the beets.

3) Store and bake-mash-freeze winter squash (for pies, soups, bread, etc.).

4) Can more pears, as they ripen.

5) Roast the remaining roma tomatoes.

6) Pick, cut in half, remove seeds and freeze all remaining bell peppers.

7) Store and bake-mash-freeze sweet potatoes (for pies, burritos, etc.)

8) Dry remaining herbs.

9) Make a lot of applesauce (my favorite apple for sauce doesn't come until early October).

10) Continue picking and freezing red raspberries (for oatmeal, muffins, cobblers and birthday cakes).

11) Harvest our meat birds. Just a warning: I'll be posting respectful pictures and a description of the process. And, don't worry, I'll warn you again, just before, so you can avert your eyes if you prefer not to look.

That's really not too bad, considering what my list looked like earlier this summer. Stay tuned for the harvest tally of what we've put up this year and pictures of our pantry and freezers. I guess I best get busy with my list... Pin It

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