|Holy produce, Batman!|
9:00am Home from getting coffee, I google how to roast corn (again). Tyler Florence says "350 for 30mins". Corn in the oven. I get out my compost bucket and cutting board and start trimming green beans.9:10 Beans are ready to blanch. Just need to get the water boiling and set up the ice water bowl. And google how to blanch beans (again). Ignore my ringing work phone. Place in boiling water for 2 minutes then in the ice water. Drain and spread out on wax paper lined cookie sheet and pop in the freezer. Now just waiting for water to boil...
|One way to skin a tomato...|
|don't look! Naked tomatoes!|
|"We are super green and ready to freeze!"|
9:50 Time for a little break. Mmmmmm... coffee... Also doing a little research on squash. Ever the multitasker...
My vacuum-packing device
10:22 Time to tackle the corn. Ready with my trusty de-kerneling device. Smells sooooo good in here.
|de-kerneler in action|
|Out, out damned spot!|
12:50pm Yummy lunch courtesy Caribou. The girlie pouring the iced tea was a little confused by the "no ice" request but unlike Starbucks, they gave me a whole glass of iced tea.Back to the kitchen - get the apples in the pot for a little applesauce. I am only doing a few apples (4) so will not do the usual crockpot applesauce this time.
|Good as new with vinegar!|
1:44 Applesauce smells amazing. Next time will use a little less water, especially with soft apples like Zestar. Watermelon is half chopped. Battery charged enough to take more pics. Back to the watermelon.
1:54 Seeing how much watermelon I have (1.5 "personal-size" watermelons), looked into freezing some of it. Seems it should work as long as I don't fully thaw before using. Will try some of it frozen, maybe pureeing later for slushes or other watermelon beverages.
2:47 A call to my SIL to see which squash she would be most interested in (spaghetti) and to E to find out which squash is coming down the turnpike next week (ambercup). Now I can split off the portion of the CSA for the in-laws and process the rest of it. I have the following types: acorn, ambercup, spaghetti, buttercup, carnival and sweet dumpling (though I don't know which of these last two is which since the pictures I have of both of them look the same and none of the pictures matches one of the squashes I have).
3:37 Lied about the resting part. I found a recipe for cooking the ambercup so I sliced that into wedges, drizzled with EVOO, sprinkled with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. It is roasting with the others. Now I will rest... Or blog...
I didn't finish everything but made great progress. E will help with the peppers (he has mad knife skilz), will likely make more applesauce (or apple cake or apple crisp or...), will chop and freeze the onions, make a batch of carrot soup and freeze for my future lunches. I may need another day!
Hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you have questions on any of the processes or want more info on the results let me know.
Until we eat again,