Bean Workin’!

Today was a really good day.  This was one of those rare days where everything just seems to go so well, so perfect that you have to pinch yourself to see if you are in fact dreaming.  My errands went so smoothly they were done in record time this morning.  Then today’s bread did the most perfect rise and the steps went so smooth it was almost effortless baking our fresh bread.  And, the topper of this day was harvesting my green beans fresh and having them cleaned, cut and pressure canned before they could even realize they’ve been picked. 

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I now have 10 perfect pints of fresh green beans to add to our pantry.  No chemicals, no salt…just natural well water and beans.  Nothing more. 

I know the garden is a lot of work, but oh my…now it’s paying off.  In not only with  cost but in health and a sense of providing for our own.  Life is good.  Soooo good. 

Diggin’ those Carrots!!

….and potatoes, and broccoli.  Today I dug and brought in most of my carrots.  The variety we have in the garden is a very sweet carrot.  I washed and used my food processor to slice, dice, julienne and shred.  I left some fresh in the garden and in the refrigerator as well. 

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When I was out in the garden digging carrots I was surprised to see I had broccoli ready that had to come in.  So as soon as I finished the carrots I ran out and got the broccoli.  I cut the heads up, cleaned them and checked closely for worms as we didn’t use any chemicals on our broccoli and to make sure I also submerged them in salt water that will bring any hiding out.  I got several bags blanched and kept some aside for supper.  When the broccoli is that fresh it’s a real pleasure to eat.  A little steaming, some cheese sauce….perfect.

For supper tonight I slow roasted chicken breasts and legs in mushroom sauce, I dug some fresh new potatoes, we had the broccoli and the cheese sauce.  But what was the best was the carrot soup I made from my fresh carrots!

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To make this soup I sautéed a fresh red onion from the garden in 4 tbs butter, I then added 3 cloves of minced garlic.  When these were nice and soft I added 1/4 fresh dill weed, 1 tsp rosemary, 3/4 tsp ground black pepper.  Then I added 6 cups of chicken broth and 12 fresh diced carrots.  I let this all simmer until the carrots were nice and soft.  I then took my immersion blender and stirred it until the soup was very smooth.  I then added 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and again stirred with the immersion blender.  Now I added my salt bit by bit while tasting so I got it just right.  Remember, you can add it, but you can’t take it away.  Add…taste….add….taste.

Peter and I enjoyed this meal so very much.  So fresh, so tender, so tasty.  After dishes we went out and weeded in the garden and planted more lettuce plants out.  There’s still lots of weeds that need hoeing but we will get there.  We work so well together.  ❤  Click the pics to enlarge, hit the back button to return.  Hope you enjoyed your visit. 

BEETS BEETS BEETS

Well that’s a wrap for this year on the beet front.  This last two days has yielded 16 jars of regular beets, 6 jars of borscht and just now finished 14 jars of pickled beets. 

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That should keep us in beets for some time to come and you just can’t beat that!  Next week will be carrots and a storm of zucchini will let rip I figure about Tuesday.  Zucchini bread, zucchini relish and frozen zucchini chunks for stir fries and grilling. 

All this canning and caring is a whole lot of work but when that snow flies it’s just so nice to have our own food that’s been kissed by the sun in our own back yard.  Chemical free, no msgs, no crap.  Just good clean healthy eating. 

Just Beet It. Seriously.

Today was a long day.  This morning we were completely out of bread so my day started by baking four loaves.  I never tire of the wonderful smell of baking bread.  Then, after making breakfast, baking the bread and doing all those dishes it was off to the garden! 

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I harvested half my beets for straight outright canning.  I so look forward to these sweet treats when the snow is blowing and I’m making borscht, or doing them up as a side with harvard sauce, or just warming them with butter and pepper.  This made for a long day, and my feet are sure tired.  But so well worth the effort.

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While harvesting I saved the nicest beet greens, and while my beets were cooking tender so I could peel and slice them, I triple washed and blanched my beet greens.

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I then took my blanched beet greens and squished the excess water out, formed them into meal sized mounds and froze them solid.

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After they were frozen I could vac-pac them so they stay harvest fresh all winter long.

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Of course during all this time, I was also peeling and slicing my cooked beets and making them ready for the pressure canner.   I just finished now at 6:45 pm processing 16 wonderful pint jars.  Tomorrow, I will harvest the rest of my beets and pickle them.  My feet say booo, but my heart and head can’t wait.  So love this life.  ❤