Tag Archives: preserving

End of the Season

25 Oct

We’ve truly come to the end of the garden season.  Let’s face it, I abandoned my garden somewhere between the derecho, the eye injury, going back to work and the drought.  But I did go check things out last weekend because I knew I still had a few things to harvest.  I’m really glad I did that on Saturday before our snow.  Especially since we’ve been cold and wet and rainy and windy and snowy and dreary and foggy for the last week.

Despite all the challenges of this growing season, there were tons of pumpkins and squash.  I didn’t even come close to picking them all.

I see that next year’s milkweeds are getting planted (with the wind we’ve had they might be miles away from my farm by now).

I did find three bell peppers that were ready and hadn’t been damaged by our recent cool nights.  There were tons of habanero peppers.

I also picked a couple luffa gourds.  I’ll come back for the rest when they finish drying.

Hopefully, the wind will go down and I’ll get a decent day to pull out the tomato cages and finish cleaning up a bit.

Sky

When I came back home, Sky was waiting for me.  That’s his usual–stand on the deck and loudly greeting me. When I was picking the last of the garden last week, I found lots of peppers.

Anaheim chili pepper

I brought them home.

I decided to try making homemade chili powder.  I used all the Anaheim chilis, jalapeños, and bell peppers.  I only used two of the habaneros because they are soooo hot.  I even took the seeds out of them.

I put them in the dehydrator.

Once they were crispy dry, I put them through the coffee grinder.  Then I added some spices.

The ratio I used is

  • 1/8 cup powdered peppers
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin

Now I have homemade chili powder!

I decided to try it out.

I used it in a Tex-Mex casserole.

I must say, it is hot!  Maybe should have only used one habanero.

This and That and Such

17 Sep

I have to share Myson–he’s always standing high up on something if he can.

Myson

He’s a big boy.  So is Moose.  And Maisie (Moose’s mom) is a big girl.

Myson, Moose, Maisie

I think Popcorn is going to be a big boy too, when he finishes growing up.

Popcorn

I am once again working on copper and hooves.  I swear that’s all I ever do.

Some goats are easy to do.  Others are a bit more difficult.  They spit out the capsule when I give it to them in a peanut.  They spit it out when I use the pill pusher.

Coral is easy; Sidney behind is difficult

I think I’m going to have to lasso and tie LilyAnn to get her hooves done.

The chickens are always ready to come out when I open the door in the morning.

They were especially happy this morning because I didn’t get around to canning the tomatoes I picked, so the chickens got them as a treat.

Beautiful sunset over the barnyard.

I’m finally finished with the onions in the garden.  A bunch got chopped and frozen with this handy gadget.

The rest dried well and I’ll just use them.

I still have a few potatoes, and I’ve started harvesting the fall squash.

Needless to say, I’m still quite busy.

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.