I’m trying not to get discouraged by the fact that it is freezing cold out and the wind is still blowing a million miles per hour out there (with wind gusts up to a billion mph). 🙄
I did manage to go out and check things without being blown down the street after trimming the basil and rosemary a little. They are doing so well!
I think that big plate of pot roast and homemade bread last night helped keep me from blowing away; I probably gained a few pounds from that alone, not to mention all those yummy muffins.
I wasn’t going to go out at all since I knew the hubs fed and watered everyone before he left for work but I was a bit worried about the things I have planted. 🤨
I was also a bit worried about the little garden stakes I put out but they seem to be doing just fine.
Next I decided to tackle all this fruit I bought last week. I can’t wait much longer on it otherwise it will go bad and I really wanted to get it in the dehydrator sooner but I’ve been busy dehydrating all the veggies I bought, too.
Last night I did another jar of soup mix using all the same things I put into my pot roast (onion, celery, potatoes, carrots) with some added broccoli. I just took the time to cut up extra when I was cooking yesterday, blanched it and put it in at 135F for 10 hours.
Because the prices of food keep going up, up, up and because we have no choice but to wait for our garden to grow, I’m buying as much in bulk as I can to put up in the long term pantry. These jars of soup veggie mix are great. I figure there’s two pots of soup per quart jar, maybe three.
Soon I’m going to mix up the ingredients for my homemade bread (minus the yeast and water) and vacuum seal those jars, too.
Most of the strawberries I bought are long gone so there were just a handful of them left but I still had a lot of apples, mandarin oranges and bananas to deal with. I set about getting them prepped and then popped them in, one tray at a time…
I put them in at 135F for 10-12 hours. I’ve never done oranges before so I’m excited to see how they turn out. I would say I can hardly wait, but with dehydrating, you don’t have much of a choice but to wait, right? 😄
It’s supposed to warm up next week, just in time for our last predicted frost date (yay!). I am so anxious to get the planting done. In the meantime I made this list to print out so we know how many plants per person we need to plant:
With the way things are going, I really encouraging everyone to grow some food if it’s possible. For those of us who can, I think we should be growing at least double what we need so we have plenty to put up and plenty to share.
We’re also planting extra for all our animals, just in case…