Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, June 9, 2017
Garlic Scapes 4 Ways ~ Freezing Radishes ~ More Party Prep ~ Scarecrow Biker
Warning. This is long, and I am shocked I took the time to do it with all the work I need to do yet....I'm not even sure anyone has time to read my posts lately....but....
In the midst of weeding flower beds, mowing, getting porch furniture out, cleaning the house.......the garlic also needed tended. The garlic scapes are cut off (but a few that haven't produced).
This is what the garlic scape(s) look like when you cut them (for those who don't grow garlic). You cut these off, but I never waste them. Some years I treated the goats to a few. I used to only make pesto, but not this year. That would actually make 5 ways to put these up. Here is what I have done and will finish up today:
1. Cut off white end slice 1/4 inch, blanch 30 seconds, ice bath and freeze. Use as you would chives in any recipe.
2. Cut off white end, slice in 1 inch pieces, repeat at above, use in stir fry or saute in olive oil and enjoy. You can also use these in winter soups and stews.
3. Cut into lengths and grill.
4.Pickle them. See below.
In desperation, I found an easy fridge pickle recipe online. Just stuff them in, add the heated brine, and add your lid. Leave in fridge for 6 weeks before eating. They will last 8 months. I have never done this, so I am excited to try it.
I did this while I boiled eggs for today's party prep. I also tossed some lentils into the crock pot and made curried lentils, to go with the salmon that I forgot to thaw (sigh). New recipe. And delicious. If my brain remembers, I'll post the recipe after this party is over.
All but two flower beds were weeded, but some guests will just have to look at a few messy beds. I can't do it all, and get the cooking and baking done, as well as the house cleaning. Any garden grower will tell you this is "messy house" time of year, and am struggling to keep up with the garden at the same time. Never again will I have a gathering here in June. Any serious gardener will understand.
Remember Pearl? She is a bit haggard, worn out and a loss for words. Or a good chuckle? Well, she was destined to the burn pile, but retrieved again due to the return of rabbits.
And "Biker Sally" was born. I was in a hurry, too cheap to make another trip to the thrift store, and used the same shirt. We dolled her up with some new duds and even tattoos. Hubby was part of that too, ha ha! She's sporting new hair and a biker bandana. Our graduates words were, "Oh my gosh my friends will see that!" She's up, and that chore is done too.
I have also placed glass bottles in various places. It's my Grandma's garden trick I used for a few years.
She said the rabbits will see their reflection, and run away. I never had a rabbit problem in 9 years, so this will be the real test I guess. I can't really get my electric fencing this year, so I'll be saying a prayer.
Meanwhile two trees are growing in my other rose bed, and Hubby swears (for the 4th day) he'll take care of it tonight. The rain that was in the forecast is lower, so I have to water everything today, on top of all the party prep. Like I said, never again will I have a party here in June. Maybe July or late June, but then you have cucumbers coming in and maybe green beans, and squash....and you get the point. And not to make this a longer post, but I dislike it (putting it nicely) when someone tells me "just buy it." Organic food in stores have been having recalls. I watch the food poison journal and read it often. I do have a trusted roadside stand I buy from (when I run low or don't have something), but I'd just rather grow it myself.
I better make another pot of coffee. I'm going to need it. I have a tea infusion to strain too.
I didn't forget about the hair tonic update. I just want to get this party over with, relax, and grow new brain cells.