Tag Archives: preserving

A Season for Preserving Food

7 Aug

I swear all I’ve done the last couple of weeks is prepare food for the winter.

That includes a lot of mozzarella cheese for me and the family.  I still have to do mozzarella sticks.  I’m also making chevre.

I have plenty of sweet corn frozen.

Some of the goats have taken advantage of my corn shucks being tossed out. Everyone else was still out in pasture.

Dolly and Cookie

Cookie in particular has been good about coming up early to sneak a treat.

My tomato plants are dying; I lost a lot to rot from the hail; I am picking them early to preserve every drop of liquid in them, but I am working on canning the tomatoes that are left.

I have cold pack tomatoes.

I am making sauce for the family now.

I have also been chopping and freezing okra and hot peppers.  This year I decided to try canning my roasted beets with a honey rosemary glaze instead of freezing them.

I just need the Habanero peppers to turn orange so I can make my son’s salsa.

Just as I finish this summer canning, I’m going to move on to the fall stuff because I’m seeing orange in the garden.

I think I might be ready for the first frost this year.

Fall Harvest and the Gander Count

15 Nov

Even though the garden is done for the year, I’m still preserving the harvest.

I’m working on baking and freezing both squash and pumpkins.

The birds get my left-overs.  They do enjoy it.

Widow goose in back, gander, gander, young goose

I don’t think I’ve ever given the final gander count.  There was one baby that I wasn’t sure about gender.  Well, it is also a gander.

The one with his wings out looking nasty, is really nasty.

I will tell you, there is one gander who is quite the jerk.  He bites at me all the time.  He sticks his head out the fence and bites the goats’ tails and legs and ears.  Some day, he’s really going to regret that when a goat retaliates.

nasty gander and Myson

Two girls; two ganders.

More of the Weekend Work

24 Sep

I shared that Saturday was really busy and productive.  Sunday was a continuation of the preserving.  I had to finish making the relish after it sat overnight.

Then my mom came out and we worked on making Mozzarella sticks from the four batches of cheese I had made.

You can see Sky was helping too.  As long as you don’t mind not being able to move.  Silly dog.

Mom and Sky

Then mom and I did a bunch of rearranging and locating jars and delivering canned goods to my son and nephew.  I can honestly say, I will be grateful to rest when the canning and milking season is done.