Today was sunny and bright but rather cold here. However I spent it in the garden clearing out the raised beds at the front of the house. I picked all the remaining vegetables that survived the winter and prepared them for the freezer.
Two types of kale - Black Russian and Red. Both varieties have done well here. There was a lot more than that in the photo but I do love munching the stuff raw!! It's now in the freezer ready to make smoothies.
The last of the leeks now chopped up and frozen. Good for soups. Like all good Scots I use the whole leek, not just the white bit. Really annoys me that supermarkets cut off all the green bits.
I scored a wee ham joint on Thursday night, well within date. I got 25 decent slices plus some trimmings. 2 slices were enough for a generous ham sandwich and I used 2 more in a stir fry for tea.
The rest is now being open frozen then I'll bag it up.
I picked up some cinnamon and raisin bagels for The Teenager. 4 for 10p!! I have to say they smelled delicious when I was slicing them. They're also in the freezer.
I'm not having much luck running down my freezers so I can defrost them and clean them out. I can't resist a good yellow sticker bargain and I have to preserve my harvest.
I've been looking on Pinterest for inspiration as freezing is my default method of preservation. I don't think I'm in much danger of lengthy power cuts here in the city so it seems safe enough. A few years ago when I was living in the middle of nowhere we had a power cut for 3 days and was snowed in. I lost a lot of food in my freezers then.
I'd like to try canning but I'm not sure about it yet. That needs further investigation especially as there would be a financial outlay for all the bits. I'd really love a dehydrator and have been eyeing them up on eBay.
Anyone got some preserving tips and hints? Or disaster stories? All advice welcome.