Yes, I’ve been absent a long time again from here. The owners of our new house had a couple of plum trees that they offered us, so we picked them over the past two weeks. I bottled a lot, froze some, and cooked a lot down for juice and fruit leather. Yum!
A local farmer, cousin to our current landlord, raises peas for seed. He called us a week ago to say that we could pick what we wanted for eating, from the edge of the field. We spent three days doing peas from there, picking a couple of bushel a day, then shelling them all, and blanching and freezing. I just finished blanching and packing the last ones while I got all these blog posts up. I use a large steamer to blanch them, putting them in boiling water for 1.5 minutes, then set the steamer down in cold water. Then, I drain them and put a kilogram of peas in each bag–that’s about what we eat in a meal. During the 2 minutes or so it took for the water to come back to a boil each time, I was able to work on blog posts. We have a total of 44 kilos for the freezer–it is so nice to have them for all winter!