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4/7/11 9:55 A

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Removing the sticky ready to shed the "winter threads" lets go for spring



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3/16/11 6:15 A

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Cabbage , broccoli and onions looking good peas have not broken the ground yet.



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emoticon Happy Tuesday, Everybody,

I am so 'biting at the bit' to get out in my gardens and cleaning winter away. It is 40 degrees right now and I have my windows open and it feels so good to be getting fresh new air inside. This week-end my daughter's and I are going to be seed starting in empty milk cartons. All you do is cut them in half (leaving a little hinge at the corner), fill with soil, plant seeds very shallowly, water, and tape the top half back in place ... leaving the cap off. Then I place them just as they are out in my raised beds. As the season warms up and we have rains the seedlings grow and by the time they're tall enough to transplant into the beds they have already been hardened off.
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Fruit bowl This past weekend, Peaches pears and blueberries from last years garden, frozen and canned.



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To reach 69 degrees today 79 tomorrow looks like this will be a year for a major fruit frost kill the early spring is seldom good in our area.



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Using dehydrated onions and peppers to cook. Pickles, canned fruit and beans along with the frozen corn and fruit and stored sweet potatoes. Most meals have something that we raised and put up.



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We had fish poached with veggies and broth, and I added some of my dehydrated Anaheim peppers. Wow! Were they hot! I get used to no heat, because the peppers I harvest this time of the year are pretty wimpy.

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I canned jalapenos for the first time last summer. They are so good. They aren't that hot, unlike raw ones. It is an easy recipe if you are interested in sharing recipes.

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Our ground is covered with feet rather than inches of snow and ice. I am looking at the lettuce seeds though and will start some today maybee black seeded simpsom in an indoor window seat. Also i will be baking some chicken wings this afternoon for the ganme tonight. Everyone have a great Sunday

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This is my 2-cents on the drying potatoe thread. I cooked my potatoes and mashed them with a little salt and pepper ONLY. Then I made potatoe patties about 1/4" thick and put them on the dehydrator shelves. The temp was set very low so that I wouldn't lose nutrients ... under 125 degrees and I let it dry for 24 hours. If some needed more I would do it for another 12 hours but keep checking. When they were completely cooled I used my little chopper/processor to grind the patties into powder.

When I want potatoes I just use 1/2 cup of the potatoe powder with 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Cover. Wait 30 minutes and viola .... 2 cups of mashed potatoes. Now is the time to add butter and maybe some garlic, some basil and parsley

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Sparkbirdy, where do you live? I am SO jealous as I am longing to get sowing and dealing with the ground but it is frozen solid one inch down and I know even in the greenhouse seedlings won't germinate. But we haven't yet finished the green beans, purple sprouting or red cabbage from the freezer so no panic...

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Today while I was out in the garden amending the soil and transplanting greens, I thought that I might set up a mini coldframe and try some zucchini plants next week. I have tried zucchini very late, and never had much luck with them. This is the earliest for me to try them. It would be really great if I could have some fruit by late April.

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I visited the freezer in search of blueberries. They were way in the back, and while I was there, I found a couple of packages of zucchini I didn't know I had. (I have been relying on the dehydrated stuff for a couple of months now.) So, I cooked up a huge bag for dinner.


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I love spicy food, especially pickled jalapeno peppers. I buy that from the store 1 week and they're gone a week later. So I thought this past summer that I would grow and pickle my own jalapeno's. Boy, I had a bumper crop and ended up with 8 pints of pickled jalapeno. I opened one a couple weeks ago and emoticon was it hot. emoticon .

I also had picked blueberries at a Pick-Your-Own blueberry farm and we ended up with 11 lbs of them so I made and put up all kinds of blueberry fare. My favorite is the Blueberry BBQ sauce. MMMM. So good.

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The heat is going to make lots of my stuff bolt, so I am concentrating on picking the larger fennel and stripping many of the leaves off the celery plants. So, it's going to be soup, and tons of broth. And salads! Looks like I might lose the lettuce and the chicory, too, unless I keep up with the salads.

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Thinking about making an Italian soup this weekend. With Italian sausage, and tomatos. Think I will do some homemade bread as well. What deliciousness is everyone making this weekend??

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I am about to use up another bag of frozen green beans. I know where's some more in that mess I call my freezer.

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I am also a soup person, One I make the most is taco veggie, Mostly bean, I use pinto, black, great northern, and butter beans. with carrots, cabbage, mushroom and onions, Flavored with 1 or 2 packets of Taco seasoning. Depending on the amount I'm making



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Veg. soup, pot.soup are 2 of my favorites. I love veggies. I add spinach to almost every thing.
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I have a great love of the really antisocial soup - Jerusalem artichoke with potato! It has the most delicious smooth rich taste for not that many calories but perhaps it is one to have alone. In summer I also love fresh tomato soup with basil which only takes 20 mins from plant to plate and then a really good clear soup with bits; onion, cabbage, bacon, potato and veg stock. A plate/bowl of that is a full meal and great at this time of year with chopped parsley on top. Also only takes about half an hour to make from scratch.

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Hello everyone, I havent posted much on here, but one of my resolutions is to become more active on my team pages!! This is soup season for us, I just made some saurkraut soup it was delicious! I will be making more soup of some kind this weekend as well as home made bread. Whats everyones favorite soup??

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I made marmalade earlier this year-

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Thinking of doing some clementines this year. Still can get boxes in the store. Anyone put up citrus?

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dehydrated squash and leeks, sweet potatoes and butternut squash saved from fall, frozen applesauce.

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Frozen strawberries, freezer jam and homemade apple butter. Dehydrated garden onions and home grown sweet potatoes. Christmas dinner meat and corn store bought.

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No meat Veggie soup last night, last of the fresh garden cabbage used in it. Wife, not a soup person, said it was good.



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I made pasta for the family, and so used lots of frozen beans, squash, fresh greens and some powdered leek I made earlier this year.
Some of my winter squashes are starting to get soft, so I will go through them tomorrow and cook the ready ones.

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Yes we freeze the blackberries for cobblers but mostly make blackberry dumplings. Our cobblers are mostly peach mixed with blueberries. We have a patch of tame thornless much easier for the pickers. Grew up picking the wild ones.



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Never had black berry wine, did you freeze the berry's for now. Thats what i do freeze the berry's and then do cobblers and blackberry dumplins for the winter. When i lived in Ohio we had Black Rasberry's and oh were they good. Here all i see is black berrys.My hubbys family lives in the mountains and they are every where, we take the 4 wheeler out and pick and pick.
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20 gallon of Blackberry wine ready to bottle. emoticon



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Im making huge pot of veggie soup today, then will freeze some.Seems like when you have CKD all you can eat are Veggies, good thing i love them.
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Soup and stew season is here. These are my favorites for stored veggies. The slow cooker has to start earning its keep. emoticon



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Some great ideas on here. Thanks
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Cut first winter cabbage last night, cooked 1/4 in a stew, Will be making kraut this week.



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We had an "American" dinner yesterday, and I was able to pull out several varieties of jams and jellies that I had made this year, to serve with corn muffins. We also enjoyed other American foods in addition to corn and blueberries. We had tomato, chili, amaranth, sunchokes, pineapple guava and squashes.

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Putting up something different;
I built a back yard Koi pond last year. I am finding the annual pond plants to be expensive to replace every spring. This year I am taking an old aquarium and storing some of the plants inside for the winter. I hope this works and should be a good savings if it dose.



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Gemini-Sky, I only wish I had a garage or fruit cellar.

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I thought drying may work for potatoes. After drying onion slices this year. I am looking to do more of it. I have not lost an onion, I can use them direct in anything cooked with enough moisture to rehydrate. I can grind in a coffee grinder and make my own onion powder. I was thinking scalloped would be perfect way to fix dried potatoes. Thank you I will try this.

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Hi CRAZYNDNCOOK, After cuing my potatoes, I store them in the cool garage if my fruit cellar is full.
I put them in an onion bag or potato bag and hang them on a hook on the wall or from a rafter. Don't start your car and let it run in the garage, tho...

Hi Paul. I have dried potatoes and here's how I did it. It worked very well...I got the recipe from my Ball Blue Book.

Choose any white variety. Wash well to remove dirt. Peel ( I left the skins on some and others I peeled). Cut into slices 1/4" thick. Steam blanch 5-6 minutes.* Rinse well in cold water to remove starch. Dry at 125F until crisp. Store in air tight container **

* This is the part were I learned the most...
Do Not layer to thick as where they overlap won't get steamed enough. When drying, the under steamed areas turn black. Best to do in small batches.
They are steamed enough when they are translucent and not solid white. When you do it, you'll see what I mean.

** I store in glass mason jars or in my Food Saver Containers that I've sucked the air out of.

I used my dehydrator. I don't remember how long it took.

Makes great scalloped or au gratin potatoes. Add a little bacon and onions ...Yummmm.



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Potatoes is one that we have a hard time storing, we have to plant early or the summers get to hot and dry before they develop. When we dig early the temperature and humidity start them to sprout. If we leave in the ground after a couple of rains in early fall they start to grow from the new potatoes. I lost over half of mine this year.

Would like to know has anyone tried to dehydrate potatoes. Will they turn color during the drying process? would citric acid work on potatoes for this. How long would they need to soak to use.



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Sure gives you a sense of pride when you know you grew most of your meal yourself. I think it is time for me to make some hashbrowns, my potatoes aren't storing too well in the kitchen. I lost all my other storage spaces in the house.

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Hi Paul, That's SO Awesome !!!

We had Meatloaf with (from my garden and put up)mashed potatoes, green beans and corn.
Nothing like the goodness for Mother Earth.
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Cooked a sweet potato my largest one this year it will feed my wife and I 2 meals. Steamed cabbage and a roasted chicken. 2/3 of the meal out of the garden. emoticon This is the reason and reward for the work. emoticon



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The kids are enjoying jam on their toast. We have had a couple of the pies that I made, one peach and one apple.

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Must be nice the only thing I have left in the garden is my fall cabbage and it is almost ready. One more batch of sauerkraut and I will be Finished untill my son's hunting starts the Jerky.



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Over?~!, no way! But, OK, I'll still play. I am enjoying soups made with dried zucchini and leeks, and opened a new batch of kumquat marmalade today. It needs a bit of water to cut the thickness, but it sure is good in yogurt!!

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Ate from garden this weekend.
Chile using canned tomatoes
Blueberry pancakes from frozen berries
Blueberry peach cobbler
Sauerkraut with hotdogs
Strawberry freezer preserves
pear butter
Still had some store stuff but having grown and put up part of it was great. Had family visiting I didn't eat all of it myself.



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Here you Go Paul...

Hungarian Pepper Spread/Mustard

8 Cups Ground * Peppers (about 50) **
1 Qt white vinegar
1 Qt yellow mustard
5 cups sugar

Combine in a large pot and cook for 20 minutes.
Then mix in a small bowl, 1 cup flour (I use white whole wheat) with 3/4 cups of water. Pour in pot and boil til thickened.
Put into pints and hot water bath for 20 minutes.
Label and Enjoy...
Makes 9 pints

* can use any kind of Hungarian Peppers, from sweet to Hot. Make as sweet or as hot as you would like.

** I just made it for the first time and used a coarse grind on my food grinder. Next time, I will use the fine grind or use my food processor. Can make it chunky to smooth.

Enjoy ! ! !


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The pepper spread recipe is one I would like you to share, it will help to get it now so I can plan for planting next year



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Thx Paul GREAT Idea ! ! !

My Hungarian Pepper Spread is such a Big Hit in our household. We seem to put it on everything...
From using it to coat chichen breasts to hold the bread crumbs on and then roasting to putting it on Brats.
I love being able to go to the pantry for veggies for my homemade soups and stews.
Your pork and kraut sounds wonderful ! ! !
I add apples, garlic and onions in mine.

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11/4/10 8:27 A

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We had a wonderful crop of bell peppers and I have really enjoyed drying them and they're so pretty in the jar because I had multicolors of them.

Unfortunately, it's been a terrible tomato year here in W. Texas, and we did not get to can any tomatoes, as planned.

We made a LOT of okra pickles, and pickled hot peppers.

Tried prickly pear jelly, and it is good!



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11/4/10 6:54 A

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Fixed a supper with my new sauerkraut and pork chops this week. Well worth the effort to make.

Taking a long weekend no posts untill Monday



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11/4/10 6:50 A

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Well we spent the summer and fall putting up, asking questions and sharing recipes. Now that part is over. The team is still here. So now let's share the results. Just like you give friends a jar of your best jelly or pickles. Let us know what turned out better than expected, what was not as good as expected, what you will continue putting up and what didn't get eaten. For those raising their own share the garden plans or just a cup of hot cider while taking a break from shoveling snow.

Our team, share your winter threads here.





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