Another month has whisked on by and here we are in the end of August. We have had a few cooler nights here in Wisconsin and I can’t help but think about wintertime and wonder about these rumblings I have been hearing, of how we are in for a winter of heavy snow fall and ice storms.
How the farmer down the road knows these secrets of mother nature I am not sure. However, I do like to be prepared enough to care for my family whether there is an emergency or just a long winter of being hunkered down in our house together on the forecast. So I do what I can to prepare throughout the summer for wintertime.
I have this slight tendency to grow way to much in my gardens every year, which is inevitably followed by loads of stress when it all is needing to be picked once it’s ripe and then after that, put up in some way.
The baskets full of vegetables stare at me each time I walk through the room, demanding my attention every time I pass by and I can hear them saying things to me like, “Hey you! I am going to start attracting fruit fly’s soon.” or ” I thought you wanted me?” “How about you deal with ME now?”.
The need for them to be “put up” in some way, fills this homesteaders thoughts.
Here are some of the “putting up” projects I have been keeping busy with these warm August days…..I hope this gives you a few idea’s for your own use too!
I am still freezing extra zucchini. I like to grate my giant over grown zucchini with my food processor and freeze them for bread and muffin recipes. 2 cups to a bag, just the perfect amount for my zucchini bread recipe!I love having kale in the freezer and it is so fast and easy to do and I use it in so many recipes, soups and vegetable dishes. Simply strip the clean leaf off the stem and freeze! I chop mine up some first though too.I freeze heads of dill from early spring to summer, so that I always have them for pickling recipes when I need them. Simply pick, wash and place in a freezer bag and yes, they are alright to can with!I have also been dehydrating zucchini noodles for soup, using my new favorite kitchen tool the Spiralizer zoodle maker. I will let you know how they hold up being re-hydrated in soups! (Sorry, to any of my faithful followers if you have seen one or two of these pictures in a previous post already!)All the fruit from our place gets frozen as soon as its picked. Strawberries, blackberries, apples, blueberries, cherries, raspberries and rhubarb are treasured produce in our freezer come winter.
Dehydrated peppers and tomatoes for cooking with. I like to store them in the freezer.
Sweet corn is frozen or I can creamed corn….That’s if we haven’t eaten or sold it all already!I have been pickling Dilly Beans and Garlic and I made a 3 gallon batch of salsa this week….Very happy to have the yearly salsa done!
If you have never tried Dilly Beans, they are so yummy! They taste like a crunchy pickle with a kick!
I gave away most of my first batch of jalapeno jelly that I made but I have picked enough peppers to make another double batch this week. We eat jalapeno jelly on crackers with cream cheese, it is one of the most addicting snacks! Sweet and a little spicy……but mostly sweet!I am happy with how much I have put up so far but for some reason I feel like I need to just keep at it, storing up as much home-grown canned and frozen food as I can do.
Maybe it was our well pump going out this week. Maybe it’s from reading Jolina Petersheim’s dystopian novel The Alliance or watching the latest apocalyptic movie that came on Netflix that has started to get to me! Just going without water for 24 hrs with our well out, was enough to make me feel unprepared for an emergency should one happen.
With the cooler weather just around the corner, I will try to put up more food this week in an effort to be prepared for whatever may come our way! Bring it on mother nature!
“And then summer slipped away. Good-bye August. Hello September!”
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