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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.

Garden Produce

22 Aug

The garden has been giving me quite a few of zucchini for a while.  I’ve been making lots of ranch zucchini chips.

zucchini and zucchini chips

These are lemon pepper.  I’ve got some more to try, like tomato, basil and garlic and cheesy taco.  This is definitely on my agenda for the weekend.

lemon pepper zucchini chips

The peppers are coming on.  I have to freeze a bunch.

bell peppers

I have green beans to pick and can this weekend.

green beans on the plant

Last weekend, I canned some of my mom’s tomatoes.

canned tomatoes

Mine are mostly green yet.

green tomato

I did find a couple of tomatoes turning red though.  It will probably be a little bit before I have more tomatoes to can.

If I’m really ambitious, I have beets that I can also can.  It’s looking like I’ll have a busy weekend devoted to the garden.