Obviously the CSA has provided lots of great fresh veggies, but we are also seeing produce from our backyard square foot gardens as well as the kids’ summer garden club.
I try hard to use it all up or preserve it for winter. And then I try hard to be gentle with myself for the things I do throw out because I just didn’t get to them. It is safe to say that vegetables have been taking up a fair amount of my time.
A few weeks ago I had an overload of spinach. I thought I’d try freezing some for a lasagna or something later this year. What did I learn? That it takes a LOT of spinach to make one little package of blanched/frozen spinach! This is some of what I started with:
There was a huge abundance of lettuce so we ate salads at least once a day. We also ate a lot of radishes.
Recently Grace brought me 4 BIG kohlrabi from her garden. Along with the kohlrabi from the CSA, I was sure we’d never eat it all raw. It is really good with Ranch dip or a taco dip. So I cubed, blanched and froze several packages of that…18 cups total! I plan to use it for part of the potatoes in my potato soup recipe and in vegetable soups and stews.
And then, of course, there was the pea pick. I got 6 packages of peas and a dozen packages of sugar snap peas. I flash froze the sugar snap peas before putting them in bags. I plan to use them in stir-fries and read that if you take them out and add to salads still frozen they are good, so we’ll try that.
I can only imagine what else I’ll put in the freezer this year! I picked a large bowl of green beans already. I have to get out my pickled bean recipe. Yumm! Does anyone have any other good ideas for green beans?