Over the past few weeks we’ve been curing Olives, we also had a go at making mint sauce, then another go, then another go. If at first you don’t succeed.
Now that we’re closer to the block we have a much better ability to use our access to the orchards in the area.
Apples and Pears are both going cheap so we decided to put a few feeds away for later.
Every year we put away a fair bit of beetroot, it’s super easy to grow and easy to preserve.
This year we managed to borrow a neighbors garden bed so we sowed a bit more than usual and they had a bit more space to grow. Continue reading
Over the weekend we got up to a bit of canning, it was half planned, half massively expanded because of cheap produce.
All of the recipes that we used are safe for water bath canning so you don’t need any special tools, just a pot of boiling water to keep the result on the shelf for at least a year. Continue reading
It was a busy time leading up to Easter. I managed to find a 25 year old lemon tree that needed a new home.
We got a lot of cheap apples, pears and lemons (from the tree) so we did a lot of canning apple pie filling, apple sauce, apple and pear pie filling and lemon butter as well as both lemon and lime juice. I did n’t actually get a chance to get a pick of all the food together, but there was a lot, we actually had to buy more jars.
While we wait for the baby to arrive we aren’t heading to the block much. So over the last few weeks we haven’t been getting to do much homsteady stuff. A few things I did manage to get done are picking up a heap of free treated pine for our veranda, plant a ton of seeds and cuttings and can up some home made salsa. Continue reading
With Shanelle due in the next few weeks we’re trying to put as many easy meals away as possible, with that in mind we’ve spent the last few days preserving whats in the garden for later as well as freezing some meals. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago our canner was delivered and we have finally had time to do our first batch of canning with it. Continue reading
This year was our biggest harvest ever of nectarines, I followed the advice of one of the people on our Facebook page and turned most of our nectarine surplus into nectarine puree for yogurt and ice-cream. We might also see how some of it goes to make fruit leathers when we get hold of a dehydrator. We started with an overflowing bucket, but by the time we fed the neighbors and my work it was about half a bucket. Continue reading
Short and sweet entry for today.
We harvested our bed of beetroot for pickling.
Last year we harvested enough to last the year (we have 1 jar left) and this year they seemed to be growing better than ever. Continue reading