Friday, July 17, 2015

Food Preserving Marathon!

Want to know what a 'food preserving marathon' looks like?  I'm in the midst of one ... it actually started last night ...

I didn't set out to do a 'food preserving marathon' but several good deals fell into my lap at the same time plus our regular garden harvesting ... the end result ...  lots to do before it ruins, hence a food preserving marathon became a necessity!

(This 'marathon' will last through tomorrow (Saturday) or until I run out of things to preserve!    I'll be adding to this post throughout the marathon so check back often!)

8 pints of pickled asparagus  (Thursday night)
We found asparagus on sale for $.99/lb and purchased enough to can these plus the dehydrator is humming with the end pieces.  When they're dried I'll grind them up into asparagus powder!

9 pints of navy beans (Friday morning)
I purchased the beans as part of our $5 or less pantry challenge here on A Working Pantry this week.

9 pints of sweet pepper mustard.  

I had some sweet peppers left over so I chopped them up using my manual food chopper and froze them in 1/4 increments to be used in soups, stews, casseroles and omelets.  But wait, I'm not through with those peppers yet, after I deseeded them, before chopping them up, I saved the seeds.  I'm going to label them with the info of what I know about them and plant them next year.  (The link to a manual food chopper similar to the one I have can be found at the bottom of the page.)

The asparagus ends finished drying and I ground them up using a spice/coffee grinder.  This will be used in soups, casseroles, etc.  (The link to the spice/coffee grinder I use can be found at the bottom of the page.)

We found blueberries on sale for $.99/carton and purchased enough to fill 5 freezer quart bags. I froze about half of them in 1/4 cup increments to be used in smoothies.

Our elderberries are starting to get ready for harvest and I had two bunches that were ready on Friday.  I harvested them, removed them from the stems, washed them and set them to drying in the dehydrator.  These will be used to make herbal remedies.

** This brings us to Friday night ... stay tuned for Saturday! **

Saturday p.m. ... Due to an unexpected event, I did not get to continue with my food preserving marathon today. I'll have to work the rest of it in as I have time.

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