Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Every Bit Counts Challenge: August 3rd, 4th and 5th

Hurricane Isaias played havoc with this challenge ... or did it?  I was determined to get something done both days (Monday and Tuesday) that Isaias affected us, regardless of how small and I did it, because every bit counts!

On Monday, I harvested and dried oregano (sorry, no picture) ...

On Tuesday, I peeled, sliced and froze 18 snack baggies of over ripe peaches we were given  (we were given 7 peaches) (sorry, no picture) ...

And today, August 5th, I canned 36 quarts of pears!  Yes, I did!  A friend and neighbor in the community gave us permission to harvest from his pear trees.  We harvested 2 five-gallon buckets full and today, I preserved them ...


If you're joining in on this challenge, how are you doing?

(The Every Bit Counts Challenge is being hosted by Three Rivers Homestead over on Instagram.)

Until the next post ...

patsi
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18 comments:

  1. Those pears look delicious!

    Jean

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    1. Jean, thank you! We were so pleased to get them.

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  2. Much smaller gathering than you have, but I canned one pint of salsa and one pint of homemade pickle relish.

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    1. terri, every bit counts! Some days are big days and some are smaller ... it all counts!

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  3. Yesterday I cut nasturtium leaves and rosemary and dried it in the oven. Today I cut more nasturtium leaves and lemon thyme. They are drying in the oven now. I also picked cucumbers and canned 8 half pints of dill relish. Your pears look lovely and I know they will be wonderful this winter.

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  4. Patsy,
    I am amazed at what you accomplish!
    It's a lot of hard work, I know, but your family is blessed because of it.
    Mrs. N.

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    1. Mrs. N, I really do look at keeping my pantry well-stocked, in the least expensive way possible, as my job. I try to be as dedicated to it as I was to my job when I worked outside the home.

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  5. I have been following along with this challenge. Monday of this weekI harvested basil, rosemary and oregano. 3 jars of pesto went into the freezer. On Tuesday with harvested beets and carrots I made no'mato sauce using up the rest of the basil and the oregano yielding 3 pints for the freezer on Wednesday I made no k cracked with harvested zucchini for dinner and for the freezer.

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    1. Cookie, you've done really well! Doesn't it give you such a satisfying sense of accomplishment!

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  6. Yay you! I'm impressed that you got all that done with the week you have had!

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    1. Lana, the pears were ready and free so I had to do some rearranging of my schedule in order to get them processed in a timely manner. I'm glad they're done though!

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  7. I finished canning the chicken/vegetable stock. I now have 15 pints of stock made from food scraps that would have otherwise been thrown out! Yesterday, I started a new freezer bag of veggie scraps, saving the onion skins from 4 onions.

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    1. Rhonda, I think this is just such an economical and great way to use scraps, I love reading how 'accomplished' you are in the area of frugality!

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  8. On Monday, I made a batch of Bread & Butter pickles -- I got 4 12 oz. jars. I'll admit, I used the Mrs. Wages mix that I got on clearance last winter. I dehydrated another tray of parsley and one of oregano on Tuesday, and made another batch of pesto on Wednesday. This afternoon will be zucchini shredding for a batch of muffins and/or bread and for the freezer.
    -- Lori K

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    1. Lori, I use Mrs. Wages pickle mixes too, there's no shame in it. We like the end product, that's what matters to us. You've done great this week!

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  9. What a blessing those pears were! I am enjoying this challenge and am bottling berries or making jam everyday at the moment. I also put up 20 little bags of sliced strawberries and mixed berries in the freezer for my teenagers to make smoothies With once the school term begins again in two weeks time.
    My little extra today was two lemons. I juiced them to add the juice to some jam, then zested them, and this is now in the dehydrator and will be ground to powder tomorrow; the remaining lemon skins were boiled up in water to clean the microwave and finally stuffed into the cavity of a chicken I was roasting for dinner! Compost bin, here they come😉
    So glad the hurricane passed by and all is now well.

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    1. Gill, you've taught me something, I had not heard of boiling lemon skins in water to clean the microwave! Thank you!

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