Friday, July 15, 2011

notice to the right----->

I've added a tally on the right of the foods we've produced so far this year.  Its pretty much all been done by yours truly but my husband plays a role in some of it by watching our kiddo or tolerating a mess for a few days.  He's really not much of a gardener, he'll help if I ask but he's not drawn to it like I am.  I'm out there every day looking for something to pick and work my dinner around. 

Thankfully the garden has really started producing something.  I'll be canning our first batch of green beans soon.  Not sure exactly how much I'll get out of 7lbs but I'd guess around 4-5 qts.  I'm really hoping I have a lot more coming.  I'd like to have about 8 or 9 qts worth to get through the year.

I've been really canning up a lot of dried beans lately.  I really like to cook vegetarian meals sometimes and beans are pretty essential to making those work and making them filling enough to keep my guys full.  I've been using the instruction is Jackie Clay's Growing and Canning Your Own Food.  The instructions are really basic and other than it takes and hour and a half of staying up late to get it done I'm pretty happy with it.  It makes meal planning much simpler when I don't have to find time to soak and rinse and cook the beans first.

I just put my first Caerphilly into the cheese fridge, I wish it was for us but alas it was made on request for someone else.  I really hope it turns out.  I'll have to make sure that before its served someone takes a nice taste of it 24 hours ahead of the party and ensures that its safe.  Hopefully I'll get to take that taste so if it is bad, I'm the only one who gets sick from it.  Is that bad of me?  I'm just not confident enough yet in my skills maybe.  Anyhow, I'd much rather be the guinea pig than someone else.

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