Thursday, July 17, 2008

Farm Girl

Tonight I prepared and froze zucchini and yellow squash from my garden. I feel like a real farm wife. I signed up for this "Fix it Fresh" mailbox course from my extension agent, and it has instructions for doing all sorts of things with produce. My yellow squash and zucchini have been doing really well, and we don't eat here at the house very often, so I wanted some way to keep it. It was pretty easy and fun.First I chopped it all up. That was fun because ever since Sarah taught me how to dice things, it's lots of fun to do. I had about 18 cups all together. I can't remember how many yellow squash and zucchini I cut up.

Then I boiled a lot of water in a big pot. (the instructions say 6 cups to a gallon of water) I put 6 cups of vegetables into the water and boiled them for 3 minutes.

Then I drained them immediately and cooled them off with cold water and ice cubes. Rinse and cool for 3 minutes, drain, and transfer to bags. I did three batches.

It was pretty fun and didn't take too long, except the waiting for the water to boil. That took a long time.

I don't know how the rest of my garden is going to do. I didn't get tomato cages on my tomatoes and so they're all spread out all over the place. The lettuce I picked but haven't eaten yet. The peppers I accidentally got look good, but I have NO idea what I'm going to do with them. Anyone know about banana peppers? The cucumbers and cantaloupe have grown together in a tangled mess I only noticed tonight, so I don't know about them either. The watermelon's looking OK, but I've never grown it before so I don't actually know.


In the Mix said...

You can make chili rellenos with banana peppers. Maybe?

betsyann said...

They're so small! But maybe they're going to get bigger?

Melanie said...

Good for you with the squash. :) You made me curious about your dicing technique! What are you going to eventually cook with the squash? I'm always looking for things to do with zucchini, especially, and have a couple good recipes if you need one. :)

betsyann said...

I'll throw the squash into any soup that I make, and I really love to eat it with whole wheat spaghetti. I saute it in a little olive oil with some garlic and eat it with some teeny cubes of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and basil. Mmmm. Also I've been known to puree it and put it into spaghetti sauce for some hidden nutrition.

The Gray Roach said...

At a friend's house today, I saw these super cool things for growing tomatoes upside down. They hold dirt and have to hang from 2 X 4s, the tomatoes grow out of the bottom! They were really big plants too with gorgeous tomatoes. Maybe everyone else already knows about these and I've just been out of the loop.

betsyann said...

My Dad has one of those. He didn't get any tomatoes last year, but this year he has a few. He's awfully excited about it.