More Harvesting

We have pumpkins ready! Which is odd because we still don't have watermelons ready... Not sure how that happened. But we've harvested them all the same. Today I'm in the kitchen making sweetened condensed milk. It tends to be a kitchen staple around birthdays and holidays as we make most of our desserts from scratch … Continue reading More Harvesting

Canning Day and Other Stuff

I woke up this morning at 5:30 to go milk the goats... Of course, the baby was hungry, so it wasn't actually until 6:00 that I made it out to sweet Honey and Luna. I had decided last night that after I milked the goats this morning, I was going to begin preparing everything I … Continue reading Canning Day and Other Stuff

Food Preservation on the Homestead

So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead

Pickled Peppers

Last year I made 2 quarts of fermented pickled jalapeno pepper rings. Oh. My. Goodness. They were one of those seasonal foods we talked about after we ran out like, "man, this would be awesome with some of those peppers in it." Or "Dang-it, I miss those pickled peppers." So I've got a bowl full … Continue reading Pickled Peppers

Canning Day! And Other Updates

Yesterday, we celebrated American independence by canning our own produce. For the first time, we harvested enough blackberries to make jam. Granted, it was only about a half gallon of jam... But it was ours! And that was the exciting part. We also had enough cucumbers come in to do a small batch of pickles … Continue reading Canning Day! And Other Updates

Canning Cherry Tomatoes

I did that thing I do...again... Where I have an idea of what I want to do, but there aren't any pre-specified instructions for it because no sane person has ever attempted it before. By golly, I may not be sane, but I am frugal, dangit! I had about 40 cherry tomatoes the size of … Continue reading Canning Cherry Tomatoes

Pickle Time!

It's Pickling Day! I say that, but I'm only processing 3 quarts. I'm pickling none the less! We've been getting about 3-4 cukes per week from our two space master bush type cucumber plants. I chose that variety partially on a whim and impulse buy from Walmart, and partially because I didn't want to mess … Continue reading Pickle Time!