As I stood in the backyard with my headlamp beam pointed at the jalapeño pepper plants on the dark side of the moon, I had an out of body experience. I love my little backyard grocery store and what the hell are you doing out here in the inky darkness with scurrying critters? WHERE'S THE BALANCE? I was making salsa at 10:30 pm and forgot to pick the peppers. And the garden said; You idiot, there is no balance! We had the explosion of growing in the Spring, a bit of lull during the middle of July letting you rest up for ALL THIS! The explosion of plants reproducing through seeds; which we humans like to eat in the form of fruits, nuts, roots and other nutritious stuff and they do it better than anything we can even come close to reproducing in the lab, like fake meat! No, not everything sits on a Ritz! And when it's on it's really ON! So I have made peace with this thing called balance and I'm probably never going get it because I plant seeds. In fact every year I plant seeds, can't remember a year I didn't plant seeds. So I guess I'm just going to be a lunchbox swinger until I no longer plant seeds ....... like never!
I really wanted to complete a blog post each Sunday but it's nuts right now and I'm in the middle of this big grand experiment called my backyard. How much will this place produce? And it has not been a very good year! We have had more than 20 days with 90F degrees (33C) and above and not much rain. Pests abound this year but my little jar of dawn dish liquid with hot water have made my reflexes very quick and fingers quite nimble picking little pests off delicate buds and leaves.
But here is where I am thus far.
I spent about $5 on seeds this year and $25 on starter plants like peppers, tomatoes, cukes. I don't have a very good place to start seeds but I am working on that.
Master Canning List 9-1-18
7-18. Dilly Beans 22 jars. $0 garden produce
Peach Butter. 3 jars $4
Pickle Relish 9 jars $0 garden produce
Mixed Veg. Pickles 12 jars $4 for corn, the rest garden produce
Caponata 13 jars $0 garden produce
8-18. Plum butter 2 jars $3 Italian prune plums on sale $1.29 #
Tomatoes chopped 10 qts.
Tomatoes chopped 14 pints $20 for a bushel of tomatoes
Kidney beans 9 pints $1.78 2-1# bags
Black beans 9 pints $1.78. 2-1# bags
Salsa I. 7 pints. $0. my tomatoes
Tomato Soup 10 pints
Chili Sauce 18 pints
Salsa II 15 pints
Veg. Soup 4 quarts from Tomato Soup to Salsa II are from the second
bushel of tomatoes for $20
Elderberry jelly 3 half pints $0. my elderberries
9-18. Peaches 6 quarts
11.5 pints $28 for one bushel
Cowboy Candy 9 half pints $0. my jalapeños
Lekvar Plum butter 9 half pints 4 pounds @ $1.29 # $5.16
still needed corn relish and applesauce and more tomato soup, and catsup...... for my white tights :)
Master Freezer List
7-18. Chicken Stock 20 quarts $0 my chickens, celery, carrots, onions and parsley
Blueberry curd 3 pints $0 my blueberries
Rhubarb Cordial 3 pints $0 my rhubarb
Strawberries 30 pounds 10#'s purchased at a you pick farm for $22.50
the rest are from my garden.
Blueberries 20 pounds $35 picked from local farms
Roasted tomatoes 1 quart $0. my garden
Squash Soup 3 quarts $0. my garden
Roasted bean & corn 3 bags $4
Cherry tomato jam 3.5 pints $0 my garden
also 2 pints of boozy cherries and 2 pints of boozy peaches.
Ok, I'm a bit gobsmacked, in a good way, after seeing it on paper.
the clip board is hanging on the basement door and this inventory sheet is fastened tight.
I am out of pint jars and half pint jars and not sure if I really need anymore jars. I still have quart jars but realized some of the quart jars which I have been using are from my Mom and Grandma so must be quite old! Should probably think about upgrading a few those. My pressure canner I bought in 1978 and it still works great. My water bath canner was purchased at garage sale for $5. Ball Blue book could use an upgrade so I borrowed one from the library to make sure I am current and up to date on my times, pressures, acidity levels etc.
So why am I doing this? I keep reading articles on stuff in my food I don't want! Two weeks ago I lost my mind when I read the new report out on oats. I've eaten Quaker Old Fashioned Oats forever and Bob's Mill oat bran for a very long time. Figured they had't screwed around with Oats too much as far as GMO etc. Never really thought I was getting my RDA of Round Up or otherwise known as Glyphosate with my morning breakfast. There I was sitting in front of my computer early one morning unconsciously shoveling oatmeal with raisins and oat bran in my face while reading this.......... my Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal dribbled down my chin. But not to worry because they are telling us no problem it's safe to eat, go for it, it's fine. IT'S NOT FINE AND I DON'T WANT IT! I always believed if you can't pronounce it don't eat it but they don't even need to list this on the package. We are doomed! Isn't some government agency supposed be looking out for us? Oh wait they are way out of balance at the moment, even more so than myself! Scary huh?
The only label with not one PPB of Glyphosate was Whole Foods 365.
The next week I had just started switching out my recipes to use coconut oil because it's sooooo damn good for you. I posted the recipe on this blog. Then news flash a Harvard Professor declares coconut oil is poison..... ya here is the article coconut-oil-is-pure-poison- back to pig fat!
So eat your vegetables, without a healthy dose of Glyphosate and dig out the olive oil again.
Here are few pictures from kitchen or frontline ........
Elderberry tip; freeze first and the berries come right off!
I inherited the Squez-O from my Mom :)
first batch of peaches
Jalapeños for cowboy candy
Lekvar (Hungarian plum butter)
and I'm weaving too as my pots are due on Friday!!
and just want to say,
I'm never going here......
nope not even on a handmade plate or bowl but thanks Edible Cleveland.