Sunday, August 21, 2011

Preservation day

Today has been a very productive day in terms of preserving our garden's bounty.  Today's totals included:
  • 34 one cup bags of shredded zucchini in the freezer
  • 13 pints of canned carrots
  • 14 cups of peach freezer jam
  • 17 cups of frozen peaches
  • 4 pints of peach butter
Thanks to Bill for being such a great helper.  I had already shredded the zucchini and cut the tops off of the carrots and washed them, but he helped with carrot peeling, peach peeling and pitting.  Two sets of hands make the job go so much easier.  We still have cucumbers that need to be made into pickles, but they will have to wait.  

Our beagle mix, Riley, at his usual post....not too far from wherever Lauren is.  Lauren really enjoyed helping to pick the peaches off of the trees.  I think that she liked being on the ladder as well.  :)  Our peaches weren't large.  They ranged from the size of apricots to somewhat smaller than a baseball.  They weren't pretty to look at either with black spots on them, but wow, were they ever sweet!  And no bugs or worms!  This was the first year that we have gotten peaches from these trees so we were thrilled.

Lauren with a look of determination.

I had to make sure that Bill got photo credit for all of his help also.  :)

Lauren got a big kick out of this twisted carrot.  We also had one that looked like a pair of pants with legs.  Overall, the carrots did very well.  I also harvested a few peppers, a crookneck squash, some nice slicing tomatoes, many cherry tomatoes, and some okra.  Not enough to put up but plenty to eat fresh. 
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HolleyGarden said...

Very impressive indeed! All that is just one day's harvest?!!! Congrats on such a great gardening year and a fantastic harvest.

Peggy said...

Yes, it was and thank you. The two peach trees ripened all at once, I found two zucchini that had become weapons rather than a vegetable, and pulled all of the carrots. Now I have more tomatoes that need picked. Busy times! :)

heartland frugalista said...

Very nice work. Wow! I am pickling right now. I found a very easy recipe:

And I'm learning to can at the end of the month.

Reading your blog is inspirational!


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The Sage Butterfly said...

I have a very young peach tree. It yielded one peach this year. I am looking forward to have it as full of peaches as yours is.

catharine Howard said...

Some harvest - what do you do with shredded Zs?

Peggy said...

Carrie, thanks for the link to the pickle recipe. I am always looking for new recipes to try. Unfortunately, we ate all of my cucumbers prior to pickling. They were so sweet!
SB, this is our first year for peaches. I was thrilled! I am trying to remember how old our trees are....3-4 years perhaps. I should keep better records of these things.
Catharine, I mainly use the shredded zucchini for bread. My DH and I bake breads for gifts at Christmas. A friend of mine gave me a wonderful recipe that also includes crushed pineapple. It is the best zucchini bread that I have ever tasted....reminds me more of a dessert. If you are interested, I can send it to you or post here.