Tuesday, August 18, 2009

First Harvest

The windows are open. The air conditioners are off. The girls are actually playing outside during the day. The evenings are perfect. School starts next week. I can almost smell autumn in the air.

The last week has been about harvesting. Over the weekend I made a couple different pestos, one of which is here. With my first harvest of basil in July I made a traditional pesto with pine nuts. With the second harvest I used walnuts instead of pine nuts.

I harvested the first round of peppers from the garden - bananas.

And made me some pickled peppers!

I harvested all of the edamame this morning. And after doing so, I read that evening harvests are the best for flavor. However, considering that the six plants yielded a whopping 5.8 ounces, I don't think it's much of an issue!

Interestingly, all the pods are ready to harvest at the same time. Next year I know to do some successive planting -- and much more it!

I blanched the pods for one minute, followed by an ice water bath to stop the cooking. Once completely dry, I put them in a zippy bag and tossed them into the freezer.

Last week I also froze some chopped sweet red peppers for the winter.

Next up? More peppers to pickle, tomatoes to be put up and chutneys to be canned!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Who are you?!?!? You are blowing my mind with these posts! ;)