When I began preserving food all those years ago, I had a dream of one day preserving enough food to make it from harvest to harvest. I met that goal last summer, just barely, with a few different things. This year, though, I have exceeded my expectations.
As I harvested ramps from the forest a month ago and made pesto for the freezer, there was still pesto left from last spring’s harvest. As we prepare to pick strawberries this week, we are still eating frozen strawberries and strawberry jam from our trip to the strawberry farm last summer. As we enjoy pickled beets, dilly beans, dilly snow peas, fermented pickles and more, I am watching these foods grow in the garden, and thinking about harvesting them to put by for the coming winter. As I watch the garlic scapes emerge and begin to curl, from garlic I grew last summer, I pull a jar of garlic scape pesto from the freezer for dinner. Blueberries, garlic, zucchini, green beans...these foods from harvests last summer are still being enjoyed.
I know that feeling well Kim, and it's a good one! Enjoy.ReplyDelete
Thank you Tracey :)Delete
Wow! That's amazing Kim! Glad that you have met your goal. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Tiffany, it feels pretty good :)Delete
Oh I hear you! We are still eating from last year as I'm starting to put by greens and pesto for the next... I realized a few days ago that we hadn't bought a single can of tomatoes all year : And we still have some! It's pretty exciting. Hope your harvest this year is just as rewarding!ReplyDelete
It is exciting, and makes me so very happy. So glad to hear the same is true for you guys.Delete
Wow - amazing! Congrats on exceeding your goal :)ReplyDelete
This is so great! I did that with tomatoes this year. I harvest 10 pounds of tomatoes already and have two bags of tomatoes in the freezer still. I aspire to to get to the point you're at. I think as I learn more about sustainable desert gardening and desert gardening in general I will get to the point that we can eat mostly from the garden.ReplyDelete
Thanks KC! It feels pretty awesome.Delete
That is amazing! You are such an inspiration to us all.ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks my friend. You inspire me too :)Delete
what an incredible accomplishment!! you are such an inspiration!ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you. xoDelete
That's a pretty impressive achievement, congratulations and fingers crossed this year is as successful.ReplyDelete
Thanks my friend.Delete
So awesome! I have slacked a little bit over the past few years. I have hopes of doing more preserving in the coming years though.... I need to find a preserving club so I have strength (and motivation) in numbers!ReplyDelete
Amazing Kim. So amazing and inspiring! Lots of hard work, I can only imagine! How do you freeze your pesto? I've got some scapes that are ready! Thanks.ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks Maggie. Yes, lots of hard work, but hard work that brings me much joy.Delete
I just whip it up in the food processor, although with scapes I tend to use the high speed blender for a smoother pesto, and then freeze in jars. Super easy.