We should have another bowl full by the weekend and then another patch on the farm should start ripening! I’m so excited that I have something to finally store for the winter of 2018.
I’ve added a few more goodies to my Recipe Page if anyone is interested. Hope you will enjoy them as much as we do! They include Pumpkin Pie Squares, Steamed Asparagus, Grilled Chicken Salad, and Pumpkin Cookies.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I retired July 8th and the garden came in like a fast moving thunderstorm! For that entire month I was either in the kitchen canning, on the porch preparing to can or in the hayfield with hubby moving hay to the haylots. I want to share with you our season bounty in a photo roll.
We dug our potatoes on Thursday and picked up 21 five gallon buckets full and they’re beautiful again this year. The potato bin is more than half full and it’s a 6’x6’x6′ bin. We picked up about two gallon that were cut when plowed up and Friday I made a crockpot full of potato soup and a half gallon of potato salad.
This shelf section is full of green beans, canned potatoes and canned sausage. The second photo is tomatoes, barbecue sauce, spaghetti sauce and more potatoes. The third is full of jams, jellies, pickles, relish and maple syrup, and more.
We have three freezers of various sizes and one is full of fruit, one with vegetables and meat and the big freezer will be filled with meat as well. My family will be well fed this winter.
Well, it truly is the end of summer! How do I know? Hubby dug the potatoes this morning. All we have left are a few tomatoes still ripening and one pepper plant hanging on. Our potato crop wasn’t near as productive as last years 14 bushel as we only got about 7-8 bushel this year. It should still be plenty to get through the winter and we have 24 quarts that we canned from last years crop (hate to see anything go to waste). Sassy helped as usual but she was also trying to catch the little rodents that have been eating the tomatoes and beans and had started on the potatoes. She is some kind of dog!! Hubby dug the potatoes alone while was cooking down tomatoes and preparing to can some barbecue sauce which I’ll post later. For now here’s a few picks of the morning work.
They’re safely tucked away in the cellar to provide us some nourishing food for the winter! The cellar shelves are full and one of the freezers is full. Now we wait for deer season and fill up the other freezer. We are so blessed!
The cellar shelves are full, it’s almost time to dig the potatoes and fill the potato bin and the freezers have been organized to determine how much venison and turkey we will need for the winter months. This all leads up to the hunting season in our area. We, my husband, myself, daughter, and granddaughter are all avid hunters. My son and son-in-law love the meat from our hunts but don’t like the hunt itself. By the end of November, the freezers will be full of all cuts of venison and turkey. We will have cubed steak, burger, chunks, tenderloin, roasts, and hams and all so healthy for us.
Back to the hunt! We each have our favorite hunting spots on the farm and hubby is our counselor, tracker and processor! We’ve spotted so many large bucks on the farm already and the turkeys are showing up sporadically. I won’t have much vacation this year to hunt but Saturdays are always open and I’ll have a late bow season during our Christmas break.
Our daughter and granddaughter are evening hunters and working half days are ideal for her hunting quests and our granddaughter gets home from school between 3:30 and 4:00 which gives her time to get to her stand as well.
We normally have a few friends join us during the hunting season but have decided this year to keep it strictly family hunting. We have some new neighbors and not knowing their where-a-bouts tends to make us a little skiddish and for safety purposes and liability. Our county is 60%+ National Forest and we think other hunters would be better in those woods than ours. In the past we have told all non-family hunters where to go and asked them to stay in their area to prevent any hunting accidents. These instructions aren’t always followed and that makes us liable for their safety when they move into an area that we may not know is safe from trespassers or others that aren’t staying where they need to be. Hunting safety is a VERY BIG issue with us!
Don’t get me wrong, we love the sport but we also like to eat and venison is a healthy choice not only for our diet but our pocketbooks. We want everyone on the farm to be safe and come in with a good hunting harvest and do it safely!!
Happy hunting everyone!!