...Three posts in one day - I'm trying to catch up here! Could be a diversion to deep cleaning my sewing room. I'm sending up specific prayers for the motivation to stop procrastinating on getting it done. Additional prayers welcomed!
I haven't done a Dollhouse Delight post in quite some time so I decided to share a kitchen related project that I worked on this morning. Yesterday I was gifted me a 8 pound bag of pre-shelled fresh baby lima beans (quite costly), some fresh okra and a couple of fresh tomatoes. Can I tell you how much I heart fresh green veggies. It's one of the best things about summer in the south.
In case you're interested, is was the process. How did I learn this - by watching my Granny years ago. We use to pick vegetables, peaches (for our own use only), and cotton in the scorching hot fields during the summers. No, I wasn't a slave (lol). I'd like to say that we worked soooo hard to buy our own school clothes, but that wouldn't be the truth. We actually worked for play money to buy 4th of July outfits of our choice, flip flops, and to defray the cost of the county fair each year. Junk money. Although I don't pick vegetables any more (praise God) I do enjoy preserving some of summer's bounty. My process is from the memory of how my Granny did things, but it always turned out just fine.
|Plunge into a large pot of already boiling water to blanch (extends freezer life I think).|
|Boil for exactly three minutes then drain and rinse in cool water.|
|An already waiting large bowl of iced water.|
|Blanched beans plunged into a shocking ice bath for three minutes. Drain afterwards.|
|I use this really large spoon to fill my bags. 2 and 1/2 scoops then seal the bags.|
|Blanched in hot water for 3 minutes.|
|Drained and towel blotted.|
|The results of my mornings work: 12 small bags of baby limas and 4 bags of okra.|
|These arrived this afternoon. Banana peppers and a few more tomatoes. Got my kitchen smelling rather hot! I'm not big on peppers, but I don't plan on letting them go to waste.|
So that's whats going on in my hot summer world today. What's it like in yours...