Monday 26 August 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Fresh Food

Hi!  Do you like fresh food? 
Over the years I have leaned more on enjoying fresh food 
rather then store-bought  packaged food.

I know it's healthier but I find 
it's also tastier to. 

I have discovered that some in my family really like swiss chard,
especially my son who ate about half of it from the frying pan above himself. 
It was fried up with bacon and onions. 

I always just had greens in salads...but I'm starting 
to branch out more and try them in things.

The season for tomatoes has come to an end. 
There are still a few holding on in the window.
I shall miss their cheerful colour.

We were gifted this HUGE zucchini! 
It is now all chopped up and in the freezer for soups and stews this winter. 

We also found a great deal on bananas at the store. 
Just 32 cents/pound! 
So now we should have enough bananas for a few months of 
making bread and smoothies. 
Do you ever freeze bananas?  

I've started to freezer things in the smaller bags and then once they're frozen 
they are easy to arrange in the freezer.   
I used to have it all hap hazard, but I like now that I can find things easily.

How do you store things in your freezer?

zucchini, squash, tomatoes, corn and summer squash.

Meats all in meal portions.

Green beans (I found that the french style beans from the grocery store are great when no local ones are available).  Banana bread ready to go.

Herbs, garlic, and onions

I made some salsa for the family this week. 
I used the recipe from the Bernardin canning book.
It took a bit longer then I expected since I used the wood cookstove.
I'll have to remember to budget more time when I do it again. 

I also discovered a great way to let my buns rise over the wood cook stove. 
I set my bread pans on the top ledge, and now I use this. 
It's just a simple freezer rack. 
In the pic I have my frying pan sitting there to finish drying after it was washed.

I also enjoyed a lovely cup of earl grey vanilla tea gifted me by my friend Judith! 
The little tea strainer she gave me is perfect for a cup of tea!

Thanks for dropping by!  
I hope that you are enjoying the end of summer and perhaps putting some foods by.
It's so nice to have that fresh food taste in the middle of the winter! 

Love and Prayers,


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your freezer is very neatly packed. I only have 2 freezer drawers under my fridge but they are not particularly organized. I mostly buy meat as we need it from a farm on the next line.

Sarah said...

Your freezer looks wonderful! I like the idea of using smaller bags. I have an assortment of bag sizes in my freezer, and it is not nearly so organized. Homemade salsa is one of my favorite home preserved items. It is such a pleasure to enjoy summer's flavors in the winter.