Happy Tuesday! There are two things I’m excited to share with you all – first, this photo of my harvest from Saturday:
Those are three kinds of peas – and we’ve got heaps of them! Snap peas, snow peas, and English peas that need to be shelled from their pods – plus a bouquet of sweet peas to fill the house with their lovely fragrance.
Wondering what I’m going to do with all the peas – after we’ve eaten our fill fresh, that is? I do freeze peas – it’s easy to do and they turn out great for using in stir fries and roasted sheet pan dinners. You can go here for a tutorial on the easy way to freeze snap and snow peas (without blanching, of course!).
That’s even a little bit of lettuce keeps on giving even though our current early July heat wave (93 degrees is hot for us here) is testing their longevity and they’re sadly starting to go to seed.
In other garden news we’ve also been harvesting lots of blueberries, boysenberries, and the first of our delicious Marionberries. They are a local blackberry renowned for their flavor and size – they are so good!
The second thing I wanted to share with you the new place you can go to see all my past yearly preserving totals.
I can, freeze and dry much of our produce for the winter and have kept track of it, sharing with you as a way to see how it can be done. You can find the previous years’ lists by visiting the Past Preserving Totals page.
Why might you want to visit this page? Well, they are lists of what I’ve made with links to any of the items that have recipes to go with them. This is what I try to put away each year to keep our family of four in home-grown good food through the rest of the year. So this may help you in determining what your own list of foods to put away for your families.
You can, of course, find canning, drying, and freezing how-tos and recipes in the AOC’s Preserving page with recipes and tips as well, but this might be another inspiration for you to see all that’s possible to accomplish through the growing season.
I want to encourage you with the fact that most of my canning or ‘putting away’ is done in small batches as I harvest so I rarely set aside huge amounts of time for marathon canning or freezing sessions. Occasionally, yes (tomatoes comes to mind…), but it’s not how I work normally.
So, what are you all harvesting now?
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