Category Archives: Preserving the Harvest

Blanching & Freezing Overgrown Zucchini

Somehow I carelessly missed about a half dozen overgrown zucchini. Since it is early in the season and the weather is still wet, I hoped that they would not be seedy and that I could freeze them. Yes, that is how it worked out. I had put black several gallon nursery buckets sideways under the enormous zucchini plants that are spreading over the sides of my raised beds.  These zucchini were hard to tell apart from the black pots in the shadows under the leaves.  By the time I realized they were Read more [...]

Garden Salsa

Isn't this pretty - the beginnings of garden salsa. The problem is that, thanks to Dow Agriscience's total lack of stewardship and concern for home gardeners.  The peppers are mostly store bought - thanks to Dow, very, very few of my peppers survived long enough to produce a single pepper.  Also thanks to Dow, the tomatoes are not going to be garden tomatoes because Dow's wonderful herbicide destroyed my tomatoes before they had a chance.  Add to the financial loss that Dow has caused me, I Read more [...]

Chard, Chard, Chard – What To DoWith All This Chard

Time is running out on this chard.  It will probably still be good for another month or so until it gets too hot.  I have been drying 2 batches of chard a day for the past few weeks.  When I cut out the thick stems, it only takes about 2 to 2 and a half hours at lowest temperature - about 105 to 110 degrees - to dry the leaves. This bed of chard was planted last fall and lived under a plastic greenhouse covering - the gray supports can still be seen (they have since been removed and put up Read more [...]

Drying Kale

I grew 2 varieties of Kale, Blue Curled Scotch Kale and Dwarf Blue Curled Vates Strain. Blue Curled Scotch kale has larger, softer leaves and dried in a few hours with the dehydrator set between 105 and 110 degrees.  You can see the leaves on the dryer shelf.  The stems, however, do NOT dry.  The stems remained soft and moist,   so I crumbled the dry leaves off of the stems.  The few thin stems that dried were stiff like thin toothpicks - I don't really want that stuff in my kale leaves.  Read more [...]