Monday, October 12, 2009

Independence Days challenge, week 24

Time again for Sharon's Independence Day's Challenge:

1. Plant something:
No, but the kids and I spent a lot of time this week spreading the compost from our leaf pile over our forest-garden beds, in preparation for next year's planting.
2. Harvest something: Eggs.
3. Preserve something: Raspberry jam, using a new-to-me method from the book Small Batch Preserving. I love it! I have a hard time with jam, often burning it to the bottom of the pan. This method was much easier for me. I followed the strawberry jam recipe, just substituting raspberries. Better be good, as the 1/2 pint I made cost about $7! This is why we don't make much raspberry jam, though it's my favorite! Also canned 8-1/2 pts pickled beets, 5-1/2 pts tomatillo salsa. Froze 2 qts corn, 4 qts. stock, 2 qts edamame. Dried 1 pt. nectarines, 1 pt. hot peppers, 2-1/2 qts watermelon.
4. Waste not: Nothing new.
5. Preparation and storage: Got a big new crock pot at the thrift store to encourage us to cook more this winter! Started buying the "root cellar" foods for the winter: 50 lbs squash, 80 lbs potatos, a bag of garlic.
6. Build community food systems: Nothing new here.
7. Eat the food: Andi actually admitted she's come to like cooking this week! Maybe we'll start eating at home more with this realization!


mama-pan said...

wow, such impressive work, especially on the preserving! Tell me--do you grow your own edamame, or are you getting it from a you-pick or CSA? Just curious--we're looking to expand our garden next year and our kids are big fans of the frozen edamame we get from the grocery.

Lise said...

We have a very shady yard, so grow very little food ourselves (just herbs and greens, and we're starting some berries). We get ours at the farmer's market, but our friend who grows it finds it easy to grow.