Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Garden Abundance

This is one of those posts that's probably more for me than you, the reader. I am at home this morning. I have been sort of taking inventory. Between our garden and our generous friends, here's the run down of what we have for the winter:

  • 28 quarts of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 32 quarts of Salsa
  • 7 pints of pickled hot peppers
  • 62 quarts of green beans
  • 16 pints of Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 11 quarts of Applesauce (more of that to can yet)
  • 15 spaghetti squash (probably that many more to pick yet)
  • 136 cups of shredded zucchini
  • 82 quarts of corn
  • 20 gallons of frozen tomatoes (to be made into more sauce, either spaghetti or chili)
  • 42 pints of diced tomatoes
  • 3 gallon bags of small bags of chopped onions, some of them dehydrated
  • 2 gallons each of dried pinto and kidney beans, plans to can, haven't gotten that far yet

I have made up jalepeno poppers and a pear crisp to be baked later, that are in freezer. Today's projects are more apples to go into the freezer for pies or apple cake. Hoping to can more applesauce. Plans are to dehydrate some of the jalepeno peppers. I did that last year, then ground them up and used it all year long to season taco meat. There are more tomatoes yet, most of which will get frozen. I like being able to pull out a gallon or so to add to the fresh ones and go ahead and start canning as soon as the tomatoes get ripe or having them in there in case we run out of spaghetti sauce, I am able to can more when needed. The sunflowers are dried pretty well, will need to start brining and roasting them, as they are a favorite of my farmers.
Besides stocking our own pantry, I have been lucky enough to share our garden's produce with over 20 different people! These newly added items, along with last years leftovers in my fruit cellar and freezers is such a re-assurance to me, nice to know that if things are tight, my grocery bill is helped out by these things. Certainly feel blessed.
Okay, well now that I have listed it and expressed my thankfulness, time to fix some lunch for my Farmer, as his harvest is only in the beginning stages.
Enjoying my day at home and feeling blessed~
From Tulip,