It’s the end of NaBloPoMo. I have had a month of rambling on. Here goes the reflections, things I didn’t talk about, things I did, and things yet to come. I’ll be off for a few days (avoiding the blogosphere) so this is it:
- Pickles are great. I have cracked the first jar. Mmmm
- Ditto peaches. They were a little under ripe when we canned them, but came out quite nice. Very light syrup, so combine the under-ripeness (ie: less sugar) in the originals with the light syrup, and they taste almost as if there is no sugar in the syrup
- Pureed garlic is amazing. I scoop it in its frozen state out of the jar using a melon baller, and add it to recipes that call for garlic. Crazy simple.
- BBQ sauces, ketchups and chutney are hits. I have been putting these things on everything, and plying my friends with them. Resoundingly positive.
- All grain brewing. I’m doing it. Enough with screwing around with attempts at sort of all grain. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and while time consuming, it’s remarkably satisfying.
- Technology. It’s good to have the money to buy the right stuff. Or even better, to make the right stuff.
- Pressure canner. didn’t buy one. but I keep eyeing them up.
- Soups. Freeze em in pint jars for quick and nutritious lunches. But a pressure canner would be even better.
- Dried fruit. Mmmm. It’s better when it’s your own.
In the end, just to reflect on the whole canning/ freezing/ brewing thing: I generate less waste, buy fewer processed products, and know what I’m eating and drinking. I don’t consider myself a “locovore” because labels feel confining, but it does taste and feel good when everything comes from nearby
Let’s just see how long these foods last me. I have what feels like more than I’ll need for the winter, but you never know. The harvest is a long way off!