Most of you know that we grow and preserve our veggies/ herbs here at the farm.
This week was the beginning of my food preserving, the methods I use to preserve are, canning, freezing, and dehydrating.
Anticipation begins long before any seeds are planted, winter is when we plan for the next growing season, and prepare the soil! From the time the seeds and plants are planted into the soil, countdown begins, seeing plants come forth and begin to grow is so rewarding, once the plants are established there is weeding, fertilizing, and watering, some might think a lot of work, yes, there is labor involved, but so rewarding when you can walk out to the garden, pick a vegetable, bring it into your kitchen, wash and cook it. or preserve it for later use, such was the case Tuesday.
The first vegetable I gathered from the garden was broccoli,
I use my Foodsaver for freezing fruits/vegetables, and nuts, I bagged 10 bags of broccoli , anything that is packaged in a Foodsaver last twice as long as regular bags, one of my most used appliances is the Foodsaver.. We enjoy broccoli, so I leave a little more stem on the florets.
Making Jam/jellies is another of my favorite things to do, yesterday I made strawberry jam,
once picked, they are washed, and capped. Did someone say, "Luscious?"
Using another one of my favorite appliances, my food processor, I chop them a bit, (I have had this processor for about 40+ yrs.)
Voila' homemade jam made with lots of love! I must say this was quite tasty.