The Garden is Empty (almost)

We’ve cleaned out the garden and everything has been stored, frozen or canned. Hubby did till up a few spots and planted some turnips as a winter crop. He loves them boiled and with almost every meal. I like them raw!!

End of harvest 2016

End of harvest 2016

We harvested several small pumpkins and four large ones.  The small will adorn the entrance to our house and the large ones I canned.  dscn8721

I washed them good on the outside, split them in half, scooped out the pulp and seed and then sliced them to make peeling easier.

 

Split in half to clean.

Split in half to clean.

Sliced w/rind makes for easier peeling.

Sliced w/rind makes for easier peeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diced to cook

Diced to cook

I diced them up in 1-2 inch pieces and put them in an old canner.  I put one quart of water over them to cook on the stove on medium low heat.

 

 

 

 

They need to cook slowly to keep from sticking/scorching.  I don’t add any seasoning until they’re to be used for pies, cookies, or pumpkin bread.

 

dscn8723  Once they’re tender enough to stick with a fork, I drain off the water and run the pumpkin through my sieve.  It’s very important to get as much water out of the pumpkin as possible before mashing.  I usually let the pumpkin set in the sieve for about 15-20 minutes so the water on the pieces will drip out.  Dump this water out before pressing.

I love this sieve and it works great for all vegies and fruits.

I love this sieve and it works great for all vegies and fruits.

It's beautiful and ready to go in the jars.  I use pint and quart jars because of the different recipes.

It’s beautiful and ready to go in the jars. I use pint and quart jars because of the different recipes.  

Quickly add the pumpkin to the jars, clean the tops of the jars and add the lids & rings, and tighten.

Quickly add the pumpkin to the jars, clean the tops of the jars and add the lids & rings, and tighten.  I process them in the hot water bath for 20 minutes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the four pumpkins, I canned six pints and three quarts.  I can’t wait to start baking with them.  My pumpkin recipes will be added to my Recipes From My House To Yours page tomorrow.

I hope you can enjoy your garden harvest as much as we are.  With Hurricane Matthew charging up the coast and a cold front moving in from the northwest I’ve used some of our harvest today to make a big pot of homemade soup!!!  It’s suppertime!

7 responses to “The Garden is Empty (almost)

  1. I’ve never eaten a turnip raw???? My daughter loves them boiled and mashed with a bit of butter and salt. I actually just took pictures of her making them to post on my page sooner or later lol. I’ve never canned pumpkin either. I wish I lived closer to you so you can teach me all these things ha ha!! I’ll just have to keep up with this blog.

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    • Your daughter eats them like my husband does. I wish you lived closer too but we can always email about anything you want to learn. I was told by another blogger that I should only pressure can them but I’ve frozen them and canned them and never have any problems. I couldn’t imagine that pumpkins have acid in them.

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  2. I’ve never thought of preserving pumpkin before ..

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  3. LOVE YOU, GRANNY Rita!

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  4. Thanks for the heads up but I’ll watch it and make sure we’re good to use it. I normally freeze it but wanted it canned this year. Your two cents is much appreciated!!

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  5. I envy you and all your accomplishments! Hurricane Matthew seems to be menacing lots of people right now and I hope you are safe and sound where you are! I know that everyone does things differently, but I just wanted to mention that I was at my Master Preserver’s class last week and was told that you should not can mashed or pureed pumpkin, and that you should always pressure can it because it is low acid. I am sure you have done it your way for years and haven’t had a problem, but I just needed to put in my two cents.

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