Pioneer Woman at Heart

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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Peppers ~ Fall Garlic ~ Crock pot Meatball stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Fall is here for sure now.  The sunrises are not as beautiful, but this photo shows the fog rolling in with the cooler air.

I pulled the very last of the green peppers, but left the hot peppers.  The frost is rolling in in a few days now, but today it's going to be a high of 74 degrees.  There are a few more on a few plants but very very small.

We are seriously in panic mode regarding firewood.  What I would do for a group of volunteers right now.....

Garlic has been planted in grow pots this fall.  Crossing our fingers we have a much better harvest next year.

I finally made crock pot meatball stuffed cabbage rolls.  Sort of.  I had one heck of a time getting the leaves of cabbage off in one piece.  They cracked and ripped.  Any tips?  I got three sort of nicely rolled, but gave up and topped those with the remaining mix, meatballs and layered cabbage on top with some tomato sauce.  That's why you don't see a photo, ha ha!

Update:  Our great great niece passed away due to congestive heart failure due to a hole between her valves.  We haven't heard if the autopsy has come back on our grandson yet.


R's Rue said...


Mother Em said...

Are you blanching the head of cabbage before being able to pull the leaves off? Also, my Mom learned from an old Hungarian lady that after you roll them up, you push/poke the ends... no need for toothpicks! Course, you probably do that anyways. Sorry to hear about another passing in your family.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thank you R's Rue and Mother Em. Thank you Mother Em, I didn't think of blanching the head of cabbage until after I was in a pickle making them.

Luludou said...

So sorry for your loss.
I blanch the cabbage and that does help.

Goatldi said...

My Mama made ground beef filled cabbage leaf rolls . May have to try some myself.

Blessings on your family.

RB said...

Sorry to hear about the two young'uns passing away. So strange. Prayers for all their loved ones. So sad.
As for the cabbage leaves, yes - I know about that. Grandma and Grandpa were from Hungary.
You have to bring a big soup kettle to boil about 1/2-3/4 full of water, salted or not. I don't remember Grandma (from Hungary) adding salt.
Core the cabbage and carefully place the head hole side down into the boiling water. Then as leaves cook, remove them (using 2 forks is easiest). If they're not coming off easily, it's because they're not boiled enough yet.
To roll, if the leaf has a thick vein down the middle from the top, you can pare it down a bit with a sharp knife until it's pliable enough to roll easily. And you don't use toothpicks; you roll it like a little burrito (sides in, then top rolled down to end) and layer it open end down in your pot.
Now if I were cooking in a crockpot, I'd cook on low and I'd be sure to put a layer of either drained rinsed sauerkraut (is what Grandma used) or thin sliced cabbage on the bottom to prevent burning. And be sure to add a lot of tomato juice to prevent burning too.
A friend of mine, his wife makes theirs with a layer of cabbage balls, a layer of sliced tomatoes, and so on. Then uses chicken broth as their liquid, and it was real good too.
Then you just roll and cook until a test roll shows all the ingredients are done all the way through.
Grandma used sauteed diced onions and garlic, cooled and then mixed into ground beef, with about 1/2-1 cup of uncooked rice, 1 scant teaspoonful of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper per pound of ground beef.
Now I'd suppose you could also add a pinch of pepper flakes for heat, and I've also heard of people adding diced pepper, diced carrot and diced celery which they sauteed with the onions and garlic, but Grandma didn't make it that way. Though I do remember her adding bits of small diced roast pork and small diced fried slab bacon once in a while, probably if she had it left over in the fridge, and that was real good too.
God bless.

RB said...

And now I'm hungry for them too.
God bless.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thank you RB, that is very good info.