The Big Daddy supermarket. Fresh lettuce for the table now. Broccoli, cabbage, chard, corn, tomatoes and okra in various stages along the food supply timeline.
When you first start gardening, it is enough to just enjoy what you grow. But even as a beginner you run the risk of growing more than you can use of notorious growers like zucchini. If you don’t keep a garden, but miss the farmer’s market in the winter time, you could think about buying in bulk in the summertime and cooking up some double portions for now and later. Freezing is the quickest, easiest way to save your abundance for later. If you’ve never frozen more than the occasional leftovers, and your freezer is just for ice cream, you’re missing a chance to put a little convenience into your healthy diet.
Not all vegetables are created equal. There are some that really don’t take well to freezing unless cooked first, like cabbage. Others, like cucumbers, you can’t freeze at all. There are some authoritative sites on the web that you can refer to for specific vegetables, and squashes. One of my favorite sites is Pickyourown.org. Clemson University is also a great resource for detailed information. But you don’t have to be an expert to get started. You really don’t have to know much at all. You can freeze most vegetables quickly and conveniently. Continue reading
We suspected that these two geese had a hidden nest. Now we know. It is a sight to behold, the family moving around together. They keep the goslings constantly herded between them and the father goes on the attack toward anyone approaching, other geese included. He hunches down his head and curls up his neck, and starts running and flapping his wings at the slightest invasion of his family’s space. Continue reading