Tomatoes & Peppers
Perilla, also called sisho, is one of my favorite new herbs.
The summer harvest is slowly starting to come in. Yesterday I harvested our first full sized tomatoes. They weren’t quite ripe, but the critters in our area have a way of tasting them when they reach perfection, so I take them in a few days ahead of time.
We’ve got peppers coming on, too, although none of them are ripe yet. I have an interesting paprika pepper this [...]
I was dreaming of delicious sweet tasting melons. They smell great, but taste blah! Help!
Drat! Here I was all set for some super sweet melons and they taste totally blah. I’ve been searching the internet trying to find out what makes a blah melon (these are the small melons like cantaloupe, sharlyn, etc). However, I’ve not gotten a definitive answer.
Some people say it’s the water, too much gives a dilute flavor. If that is truly the case that is [...]
After feeling very discouraged today’s harvest was way past amazing.
After last week’s disaster with my tomato plants, I was pretty discouraged with the harvest I was expecting from my garden, yet again. Seems since we’ve moved into this house I can’t do anything right to keep a garden going from spring to fall.
Today my garden decided to let me know it’s doing well and producing just fine. I walked out the door to find three melons had dropped from [...]
First killing frost is on its way.
Yesterday I had to do the mad frost dance. They were predicting that we might get our first frost and I hadn’t finished harvesting the basil. So, out I run, cut down the lemon basil, bring it in, pick the leaves and put them on the dehydrator sheet, and start them dehydrating. Mad dash number two is for licorice basil. Now the dehydrator is full.
Then I go out and cut down most of [...]
Although it is a little past time to be putting up food for the winter, I’ll finish with preserving food. Canning is probably the least desirable way to preserve your harvest. It requires a lot of special equipment and if you don’t do it right you can even get food poisoning. Nutrient-wise it usually has less nutritional value than either drying or freezing. For many this is still their preferred method.
First thing is, you have to have special jars and [...]
Freezing is a good choice for preserving your harvest. It is second in preserving nutrients, to low temperature dehydrating. There are some drawbacks. First you need a freezer big enough to store your goods. Second, many foods need to be flash blanched, which destroys some of the nutrients and all of the enzymes. Also, the consistency of defrosted foods can differ substantially from the original. Although frozen foods never go bad, after a while they get freezer burn and become [...]