Thursday, 22 September 2016

Day 266 - Slimmer Pickings

A lot of things on the Veggie Patch and in the poly and net tunnels are coming to an end now, and the cooler nights means that some plants will not be with us for much longer, especially those out on the veggie patch which is pretty exposed on the hillside.
With this in mind some days the pickings are small, but are always worth bringing in and processing for the freezer ... or eating for tea :-)
This is pretty much the last of the outdoor sweetcorn, although in the net tunnel the plants are still full of slowly swelling cobs almost ripe for  the picking.  The chopped beans are a gift from last year, the one plant that didn't get eaten by rabbits seemingly has sprung back to life this year and is now giving us a decent harvest of small runner beans every couple of days.  I much prefer to pick them whilst they are small, they taste lovely with a little dollop of butter or mayo.
Today is a No Spend Day


  1. Someone gave me runner beans from their garden recently and advised slicing then vertically but I cut them like yours. Do you blanch your veg before freezing. If so, please could you tell me how? Tried it once with cauliflower and it was a soggy mess x

    1. If I think I may be storing it for a while yes I do blanch.

      I simply pour boiling water into my big jam pan and bring it back to the boil, add a pinch of salt then drop the veg in. Boil for a couple of minutes for something big like the sweetcorn or 30 seconds for something like the sliced beans, then lift them out with a slotted spoon and straight into iced water in the washing up bowl (run cold water and add the contents of the ice cube tray). Then dry on a clean tea towel and open freeze.

      Use the hot water over and over and then use it as a veg stock for some soup, waste not want not 😉

      Hope this helps 😊

    2. Thanks Sue. I think I must have boiled for too long x

  2. I'm trying a no blanch method this year, just chop the beans up, pop them in bags and freeze. Will be interesting to see how they turn out.

  3. Thanks for the info. We've just acquired a new freezer for the garage and we hope to fill it with our home grown or free food. Apple sauce will be this weekend.


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